Valencia have informed Luciano Vietto that they will not be activating the purchase option in his loan agreement, with the Argentinian returning to Atletico Madrid for the new season, according to AS.
Vietto arrived at the Mestalla in January and made an immediate impression, scoring a hat-trick in the Copa del Rey Round of 16 victory over Las Palmas.
The goals and performances started to dry up however, with the 24-year-old scoring only twice in 13 league appearances as well as failing to find the net in a further four cup appearances for the club.
Atleti signed Vietto in 2015 following an impressive first season in Spain with Villarreal, where he scored 20 goals in all competitions for El Submarino Amarillo.
But, in his first season in the capital, he netted just three times in 28 appearances. A season-long loan spell at Sevilla followed and the Argentine striker showed his promise once again, scoring 10 goals in 31 appearances.
However, following the arrivals of Diego Costa and Vitolo during last season’s January transfer window, opportunities became even more limited for Vietto at Atletico, and clubs such as Sporting Lisbon and Fenerbahce were also reported to have an interest in the forward.
Still chance of Valencia return?
AS also report that whilst Marcelino is not interested in spending money on Vietto, he may be interested in bringing back the player as part of any deal Atleti propose for signing striker Rodrigo Moreno.
The newspaper had reported back in April that Los Che received an “irresistible” offer for Rodrigo, whose exceptional performances for the side have been rewarded with a place in Julen Lopetegui’s World Cup squad.