Published: Thu, July 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Atletico Madrid Secure €37.5 Million Deal Despite Transfer Ban

Atletico Madrid Secure €37.5 Million Deal Despite Transfer Ban

The FIFA transfer ban has been a severe blow for Atletico Madrid who can not bolster their ranks with new players until 2018. And it had seemed only last Monday that he was set to remain at Sevilla when the club's president Jose Castro told reporters that a new improved contract at the Sanchez Pizjuan had been agreed.

In a statement on their official website after the news broke, the club said; "Atletico de Madrid has reached an agreement with Victor Machin Perez, Vitolo, for the next five years after the football player rescinded his contract with Sevilla".

Castro announced on Monday that Vitolo agreed in principle to renew his contract but the player yesterday paid his own release fee of €37.5 million (RM184 million) and agreed to join his first club Las Palmas until January and then Atletico.

In one of the most freaky transfer moves that you'll see this summer, Spanish winger Vitolo has paid Sevilla his release clause out of his own pocket, in order to set up a move to fellow La Liga side Atletico Madrid.

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Spain global Vitolo, 27, has agreed a contract with Atletico until 2022.

Until that point he will play for former side Las Palmas. Local media in Andalusia say the Sanchez Pizjuan hierarchy are considering what legal steps they can now take against either the player or other clubs involved.

Vitolo, who has been capped 11 times for Spain, scored 27 goals in 171 appearances during a four-year stay in Seville, helping the club to three consecutive Europa League crowns during that time.

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