Atletico Madrid have made their first aquisition of the summer, announcing the signing of San Lorenzo’s teen sensation Angel Correa.
Sky Sports reports how the 19-year-old is set to sign a five-year deal subject to a medical, moving to Spain for £5.7 million.
Atletico was said to be one of many clubs interested, with Manchester City also taking a look at the young forward, who is predicted to have a bright future
“Our club has reached agreement with San Lorenzo on the transfer of the young Argentine talent,” Atlético said in a statement on their website.
“The young footballer is known for his speed, talent and ability, which have made him one of the attacking reference points for his team, for whom he has scored eight goals this season.”
Correa hails from the same hometown as Lionel Messi, but has drawn comparisons with compatriot Sergio Aguero, who spent five fruitful years in Madrid with the Champions League runners-up.
Although In truth, his vision and passing ability may suggest his playing style is akin to that of Juan Roman Riquelme.
The young Argentine can operate in the forward position, but is equally comfortable in the attacking midfield position.
With Diego Simeone fearing that all his top stars will be pinched this summer, Correa may be one of many signings the La Liga champions will have to make, with Diego Costa already on his way out.
Correa is not a direct replacement for the Spanish international striker, but he does know where the back of the net is.
He has enjoyed a fine season in Argentina, scoring eight goals and providing a further 14 for his team mates.
His high number of assists suggest that Simeone will be looking to mould him into the perfect attacking midfielder, where his passing ability will be of better use.
Correa will not complete the move immediately, with the midfielder set to play in the Copa Libertadores Semi-finals in July. He has spent his whole career at San Lorenzo and may return to there on loan next season.
"Atletico will let Correa play in the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores for us," explained chief executive Matais Lammens.
"Angel will arrive in Spain in August, with the pre-season work already done. There is a chance that they could loan him back to us.
"In addition, there is an article in the agreement that says that, if something happens to Correa during the Copa Libertadores, then San Lorenzo will take charge of it."
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