ICYMI: Nani Joins Valencia, As Atletico Sign Vrsaljko

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La Liga club, Valencia have signed Nani from Fenerbache after matching the club’s buyout clause of €8.5 million.

The Portugal international signed a three-year contract with the club. He will link up with the club, following the conclusion of his Euro 2016 duties with Portugal.

An official statement from Valencia read: “Valencia have reached an agreement with Portugal international Luis Carlos Almeida da Cunha ‘Nani’ that ties the player to our club for the next three seasons.

“Nani, 29, has played for Sporting CP (2005-2007, 2014-15), Manchester United (2007-2014) and Fenerbahce (2015-16).

“His impressive record includes winning the Champions League and four Premier League titles with Manchester United and two Portuguese Cups with Sporting. In his last season with Fenerbahce, Nani played 46 official matches, in which he scored 12 goals.

“The Portuguese international is currently in France, where his national side will take part in the semi-finals of Euro 2016, and will be presented to our fans in the near future. Nani has played 101 official matches with Portugal and has scored 20 goals, including two at Euro 2016.”


Atletico Madrid has signed Croatia international Sime Vrsaljko from Sassuolo on a five-year deal.

The fullback has revealed he is happy to join the La Liga club, with his transfer fee undisclosed.

“Playing in Atletico is a big challenge for me, I’m very happy,” he told Atletico’s official club website.

Vrsaljko, who made two appearances for Croatia at Euro 2016 this summer, played a key role in helping Sassuolo soar to an impressive sixth-place finish in Serie A last season.

The 24-year-old can operate in both full-back positions and Atletico’s sporting manager Jose Luis Perez Caminero has lauded Vrsaljko’s versatility as a key factor behind the transfer.

Caminero said: “Vrsaljko is a player with a huge projection, although he has already demonstrated his quality in a championship as competitive as the Italian Serie A.

“It perfectly fulfils our idea of incorporating players who increase the competition within the group and our team’s level. He is very versatile, since he can play in both sides, which offers us interesting alternatives.”



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