Atletico Madrid forward Luciano Vietto could move to Valencia instead of Sporting Lisbon, reports have claimed.
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, reports last week claimed Vietto had agreed a loan move to the Portuguese outfit.
The Argentine was expected to move to the Lisbon-based side on a temporary loan move until June 30th, with the option to make the move permanent for a figure of €10m.
Miguel Angel Gil Marin, Atleti’s CEO seemingly 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.”
However, those claims and Marin’s comments now seem to be premature as Valencia came in with a late move for the former Villarreal man.
Marca state Los Che are now in pole position to complete a deal, with both clubs having discussed a loan deal.
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.