Celta Vigo have reportedly opened talks with Atletico Madrid over the permanent signing of Luciano Vietto.
Despite not yet naming a sporting director to replace Miguel Torrecilla, AS reports the situation has not impaired Celta’s plans for next season as Coach Eduardo Berizzo has instructed the club’s hierarchy to target five players, one of whom is Vietto.
Talks between Celta and Atleti are believed to be “advanced”, although an agreement is not expected to be struck until after the Champions League final.
Nonetheless, Celta are understood to be pushing for a permanent deal as opposed to a loan arrangement, although they are unwilling to refund all of the €20m Los Colchoneros paid Villarreal last summer.
Instead, Atleti may seek to reserve a percentage of the player’s rights or insert a buyback clause in his Celta contract.
The 22-year-old scored just three goals in 28 appearances in 2015-16 and was an unused substitute in Atleti’s last six matches, AS claiming a ”lack of feeling” between him and Coach Diego Simeone.