Atletico Madrid sign Porto duo Radamel Falcao & Ruben Micael for €45m

The Colombian has finally earned a transfer to a more challenging league but will not move to the Vicente Calderon alone, as Micael will join him in this new adventure
Radamel Falcao
Fee: €40 million
Contract: TBA

Porto have announced to the Portuguese stock market (CMVM) they have agreed to the sales of striker Radamel Falcao and midfielder Ruben Micael to Atletico Madrid for a combined fee of €45 million.

The Portuguese champions added that both transfers are only subject to the completion of routine medical exams and the players agreeing personal terms with Atletico.

While Ruben Micael makes the switch for €5m, Falcao joins Atletico in a deal worth €40m, with the fee for the Colombian striker capable of rising to as much as €47m depending upon his performances for the club.

Falcao's transfer to the Vicente Calderon brings to an end one of the summer's most drawn-out sagas, after the striker publicly aired his wish for a bigger challenge at the end of the last season.

Real Madrid and Chelsea were both credited with an interest in Falcao after he scored 38 goals in all competitions last season to help Porto win a treble of Portuguese League, Portuguese Cup and Europa League.

However, neither club came knocking for the player, leaving the path open for Atletico, who were looking for a new attacker following Sergio Aguero's move to Manchester City.

Falcao's transfer fee falls €5m short of his release clause, but the inclusion of Ruben Micael in the deal leaves both clubs happy with the outcome of negotiations.

The Portugal international, who cost Porto €3m in January of 2010, was never able to affirm himself at the Estadio do Dragao, and Steve Defour's signing from Standard Liege further pushed him down the club's pecking order.