Atletico Madrid won’t let FIFA’s transfer ban hinder their manoeuvring in the summer market, as they have agreed to activate the €40 million release clause of Sevilla winger Vitolo.
However, the Rojiblancos won’t be able to register the Spanish international until the end of their transfer ban in January. This is where Vitolo’s former club, Las Palmas, enter the equation.
Atletico Madrid’s activation of Vitolo’s release clause allows him to speak to any club, which Las Palmas have done, to sign him as a free agent. Las Palmas will then sell him to Atletico on a free transfer in January.
The nature of the arrangement is unusual, but benefits all parties.
For Atletico, they are signing one of Diego Simeone’s priority targets and will still be able to register the player for the latter stages of the Champions League.
Las Palmas will not only benefit on the pitch by adding a player of international-calibre to their ranks, but also financially. They receive €5 million due to a 12% sell-on fee added to Vitolo’s Sevilla contract when he signed in 2013.
As for the player himself, he will not need to worry about playing time ahead of a campaign where World Cup squad selection comes into play.