Valencia have been one of the biggest surprises in La Liga this season. But they knew they needed to bolster their attacking depth for the second part of th campaign, and quickly took advantage of the January transfer window to tackle that need.
According to an official statement from the club, Los Che have acquired striker Luciano Vietto from Atletico Madrid for the rest of the season, with the deal including an option for a permanent deal. The 24-year-old has struggled to settle at Los Rojiblancos since joining the club from Villarreal two years ago on a €20 million move.
A Valencia statement reads: “On Thursday, Valencia CF reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid, pending formalisation, for the loan until 30th June 2018, with an option to buy, of Argentinian forward Luciano Vietto. The player will be presented this afternoon to the media at the Paterna Training Complex after the evening training session.”
Vietto is yet to score in 10 games for Atletico this season. His best year is Spain came during the 2014-15 campaign when he bagged 20 goals for Villarreal. That season, his coach was current Valencia boss Marcelino.
Vietto is under contract with Atletico until June 2021, but a good spell at the Mestalla outfit could trigger an anticipated exit for a player that was never able to respond to the expectations around him. Valencia have had great success signing players that were discarded from other teams this season, and if Vietto returns to his Villarreal form, then he could be a solid addition for Los Che.