Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Atletico sign Savic; Mitrovic completes Newcastle move

Atletico Madrid have completed the signing of former Manchester City defender Stefan Savic from Fiorentina for a fee believed to be in the region of €9 million.

Atletico Madrid have completed the signing of former Manchester City defender Stefan Savic from Fiorentina for a fee believed to be in the region of €9 million.

The Montenegro international, 24, has put pen to paper on a five-year deal at the Estadio Vicente Calderón, while Atletico midfielder Mario Suarez will move to the Stadio Artemio Franchi as part of the deal.

“We are delighted over this agreement with Fiorentina, because Stefan is a very promising player with a great future ahead of him,” confirmed Atletico sporting director Jose Luiz Perez Caminero.

“He is a quick and potent defender, with experience beyond his youth, having played in the top leagues of Serbia, England and Italy. I am convinced that he will contribute greatly to the team.”

Savic, who has been signed as a replacement for Brazil international Miranda (now at Internazionale Milano), scored two goals in 29 Italian Serie A appearances for Fiorentina last season.

Atletico Madrid are best-priced at 20/1 to win La Liga in 2015/16.

Mitrovic completes Newcastle move

Newcastle United have completed the signing of highly-rated striker Aleksandar Mitrović from R.S.C. Anderlecht on a five-year deal.

The Serbia international, 20, joins marquee signing Georginio Wijnaldum at St James’ Park as new manager Steve McClaren continues to slowly but surely rebuild the Magpies’ first-team squad.

“I am so happy to have signed for Newcastle,” Mitrović told the club’s official website.

“I visited the stadium and it is amazing. I have played in a lot of impressive stadiums in my career but St. James’ Park is so big, I can’t wait to play my first game here.

“I know how passionate the fans are. This is a club with a very big history and the fans are a big part of that. There will be pressure here, for sure, but I like pressure.

“I also know about the famous players who have played for Newcastle United, like Alan Shearer, who is a hero of mine. I hope I can play like him for this Club. It will be an honour.”

McClaren added: “This is a fantastic signing for us. We have fought off a lot of competition to secure a top young talent in Europe.

“Aleksandar is someone who can develop with the team and someone who will help us to get to where we want to go.

“As a Board we have worked hard to make it happen. It is another demonstration that we are wanting to push on.”

Mitrović, who had reportedly been attracting interest from Chelsea this summer, netted 20 goals in 37 Jupiler Pro League appearances for Anderlecht last term.



Shawn Etemadi



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