Atletico Madrid agrees to Cerci deal

The Italy international has agreed a three-year deal with the Liga champion after Torino accepted an offer believed to be worth 16 million euros.
Atletico Madrid has reached a deal with Torino to sign Italy forward Alessio Cerci.

The 27-year-old has been linked with a move to Atletico throughout the transfer window, and will put pen to paper on a three-year deal at the Vicente Calderon subject to a medical and the agreement of personal terms.

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Cerci starred for Torino in Serie A last season, scoring 13 goals in 37 appearances to help the club to a seventh-placed finish, and that form has persuaded the Spanish champion to spend a reported 16 million euros on his services.

Jose Luis Perez Caminero, Atletico's sporting director, told the club's official website of his delight at securing a deal to bring Cerci to Madrid.

"It was a clear objective to strengthen out squad ahead of this season," he said. "[Cerci] will provide us with speed [and] goals."

Cerci's form last term earned him a spot in Italy's World Cup squad, although he only made one substitute appearance in Brazil as his country was eliminated at the group stages.

The former Fiorentina and Roma man will become Atletico's eighth major signing of the transfer window as coach Diego Simeone rebuilds following the departures of the likes of Diego Costa, Thibaut Courtois and Filipe Luis.