Three clubs ready to pay Luciano Vietto's release clause

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Villarreal star Luciano Vietto is a wanted man as reports in Spain claim Atletico Madrid, Arsenal and Liverpool have all activated his release clause.

According to Spanish newspaper AS, the three clubs have pledged to pay Vietto’s €20m clause and the player must now make a decision over which team he wants to join.

Atletico obviously offer him the chance to stay in Spain and play Champions League football, while Arsenal can also offer Champions League football and the chance to possibly compete for a Premier League title next season.

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Liverpool would appear to be the outsiders in this case, although Vietto would no doubt be afforded a much better chance of regular first team football immediately at Anfield over the Vicente Calderon or Emirates Stadium.

Villarreal are still hopeful the striker will turn down all offers and sign a contract extension, although he’s under no pressure to do so quickly as his current deal runs until the summer of 2019.

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Villarreal want him to pen a new deal allowing them to bump up the release clause, which for them is presently far too low.

Atletico Madrid also offer one more advantage though, as they are managed by Argentinian Diego Simeone. Vietto, who moved to Villarreal from Racing Club last year, earlier this week encouraged Atletico Madrid to make an offer after admitting that he’d be open to a move.

The Liverpool and Arsenal target scored 12 goals in 32 league appearances for Villarreal this season, and is an Argentine under-20 international.

What do you think Liverpool and Arsenal fans - does your club stand a chance of landing this 21-year-old La Liga star?

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