Luciano Vietto is set to join Valencia in the coming days after negotiations developed at a rapid pace on Tuesday evening.
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.
It is understood that a loan deal worth £1.5m will be paid to Atleti from Valencia, before a permanent fee of £12m will be made later this summer, should both clubs agree on the deal.