Atletico Madrid have officially announced the signing of Samuel Lino from Gil Vicente on a contract that will run for five years. The 22-year-old played as a winger for the Portuguese side, scoring 26 goals in 99 games.
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🤝 Agreement with Gil Vicente FC for the transfer of Samuel Lino; the Brazilian winger signs for 5 seasons.
👋 𝐵𝑒𝑚-𝑣𝑖𝑛𝑑𝑜 to the Red & White family
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Lino was nominated for the Best Player in Liga NOS and also the Best Young Player in Liga NOS awards last season. He helped Vicente finish fifth in the league, putting them within a shot to qualify for the UEFA Conference League.
He had scored 12 goals during the campaign in 24 games, while also registering five assists. While primarily a right-footed left-winger, Lino can also play on the right courtesy of his exceptional technical capabilities.
He was originally signed in January, but the transfer will officially go through this summer. The transfer fee is expected to be in the region of €6.5 million, which his a huge boost for a club for the size of Vicente.
Atletico Madrid will try to sign Arsenal, Liverpool target for free in the summer
Atletico Madrid saw a lot of movement during the January transfer window as they saw several players leave, while also bringing in a couple of new faces in.
But one player who they tried to sign and could not is Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram.
Indeed, according to AS, was on the top of director Andrea Berta’s list for the winter window as he is in the final six months of his contract. But, Gladbach asked for a fee of around €10-12 million to offload him, which prompted Atletico Madrid to move for Depay instead.
But the report states that Thuram continues to be on the agenda at the Civitas Metropolitano and Berta will try to sign him again in the summer transfer window.
However, there will be intense competition for the 25-year-old’s services given that he will be available for a free transfer at the end of the season.
Juventus and Inter Milan have shown an interest in Thuram, but there are a lot of clubs in England wishing to sign him up.
Indeed, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are all said to be gunning for the French forward’s signing while more clubs could join the list of his suitors as days progress.
So, it will be important for Atletico Madrid to achieve a top-four finish in La Liga and qualify for the UEFA Champions League for next season if they wish to attract a player of Thuram’s capability and calibre.
The 25-year-old has netted 13 goals and set up four more in 19 matches across all competitions. His ability to play anywhere across the frontline makes him an attractive prospect for interested parties such as Atletico.
But given the intense competition, Diego Simeone & co. will need to act swiftly if they wish to sign Thuram.