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Vitolo in the radar of Atletico Madrid

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Few days ago Diego Simeone unofficially hinted about his stay at the Spanish capital next season, and now he has already started to run after his potential targets for Los Rojiblancos.

Among the names which were in the wishlist of Simeone at the start of this season, Victor Machin Perez was one of them, in short Vitolo. The Atletico Madrid manager is a big appreciator of the Las Palmas born winger and wants to land him badly this summer at Madrid.

‘Cholo’ is even willing to pay the sum of €40 m for the Sevilla winger according to reports in Marca. But the FIFA Transfer ban on Atletico may hinder Atleti management from splashing such cash.Under the transfer ban, even if the Madrid outfit buys Vitolo, still they would not be able to play him untill January 2018.

But Diego Simeone is still willing to add the winger in his squad. In his preferred 4-4-1-1 formation, the Argentine mostly deploys Carrasco and Koke as the two wingers. But if Vitolo arrives then he can utilise him in the left-wing shifting Koke towards the centre, which is his more natural position.

The Las Palmas academy product has impressed many by his performances especially over the last couple of seasons and also earned the Spanish cap 14 times. His determined and physical presence on the field blended with dribbling skills, pace and above all work rate makes him a perfect team-man, something Simeone prefers very much.

But Atletico will come across tough competition from FC Barcelona and also Chelsea who are already linked with the Spanish international.

Only time will tell where the winger will find his destination, but for the time being the market value of Vitolo is on an all time high.