Luciano Vietto has left Atletico Madrid to join Sporting Lisbon on a short term loan deal, the Spanish club have confirmed.
The 24-year-old joined Diego Simeone’s side in 2015 from Villarreal but he has found playing time hard to come by, largely down to the for of Antoine Griezmann and Kevin Gameiro and the pending return of Diego Costa.
Linked with a summer exit to a whole host of Premier League and Italian sides, Vietto has now agreed a loan move to the Portuguese outfit.
The Argentine will move to the Lisbon-based side on a temporary loan move until June 30th, but there is the option to make the move permanent for a figure of €10m.
Miguel Angel Gil Marin, Atleti’s CEO confirmed the deal via Spanish TV channel La Sexta, saying:
“We have reached an agreement with Sporting for Vietto for a loan with an option to purchase.”
Meanwhile, Atleti are growing increasingly concerned over the future of Griezmann, after heightened interest from European suitors.
The Frenchman has had a significant rise to the top of European football after impressing with Atleti and the French national side.
La Liga rivals Barcelona and English club Manchester United have been at the forefront of such interest with the former reportedly making contact over a move before the winter break.
With added interest from Ligue 1 side Paris Saint Germain and German’s Bayern Munich – Atleti have now become concerned that the forward will not be at the club past next summer.