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Villarreal striker Luciano Vietto has been sold to La Liga’s Atletico Madrid – undercutting efforts by Liverpool and Manchester United to sign the Argentinian star.
According to FOX Sports, Villarreal accepted a £15 million offer from Atletico Madrid in exchange for the 21-year-old scoring machine. Villarreal management confirmed on Monday in a press conference that they had indeed sold off their scoring star.
“We have sold Vietto to Atletico Madrid,” Villarreal club president Fernando Roig said.
Atletico boss Diego Simeone is very familiar with Vietto and what he’s capable of having signed him from Estudiantes while he was in charge of Argentinian side Racing Club in 2011. In three seasons with Racing Club, Vietto recorded 18 goals in 69 league appearances. Last summer he signed a five-year deal with Villarreal worth about 5.5 million euros.
Vietto had a sensational first season for Villarreal, scoring 12 league goals and setting a career-high with 20 goals while earning La Liga Player of the Month honors in December 2014.
Though both Liverpool and Man United are probably kicking themselves for not making more of an effort to sign the young scoring ace, the Reds especially have struggled to find a new scoring threat after reportedly refusing to match asking prices on Christian Benteke and Carlos Bacca.