Atletico Madrid and Benfica have reached agreement for the transfer of winger Eduardo Salvio, reports AS.
The 22-year-old Argentine international spent the 2010-11 campaign on loan with the Portuguese giants where he made 19 League appearances and scored four goals, helping the Eagles secure the League Cup.
However, he returned to the Vicente Calderon before the start of last season to begin rehabilitation on a calf injury sustained in a Europa League game against PSV Eindhoven whilst still at Benfica.
Nonetheless, Salvio was a regular member of the squad in the 2011-12 campaign under former boss Gregorio Manzano and his successor Diego Simeone, going on to figure in 31 La Liga games and help the club to Europa League success and European qualification.
The reported fee for Salvio is €11m, of which 80 per cent is for the player’s rights as Benfica had previously acquired a 20 per cent stake in him for €2m back in 2010, and he will sign a five-year deal thought to be worth €1.2m-a-year.