Atleti’s Sime Vrsaljko joins Inter

Sime Vrsaljko has completed a season-long loan move from Atletico Madrid to Inter, it has been confirmed by both clubs.

Initially a temporary agreement, reports indicate the deal includes a €24m option to sign the Croatian international on a permanent basis.

The right-back had extended his contract at Los Rojiblancos until June 2022 in February but the club have now been persuaded to cash in.

“Our club has reached a deal with Inte, subject to the formalisation of documents and a medical, for the loan of Sime Vrsaljko,” read a statement from Atletico.

“After two seasons defending our club, in which he has demonstrated his talent and sacrifice, we want to wish him all the luck in his new era with Inter, who have an option to buy the player.”

The 26-year-old has been continually linked with a move to Serie A in recent months, with Napoli having offers rejected in January while Roma are also being linked.

The Nerazzurri had Joao Cancelo on loan from Valencia last season, but they couldn’t afford his buyout clause and he has since joined Juventus in a €40m deal.

The 26-year-old will reportedly wear the number two shirt at the Nerazzurri while Atleti have signed PSV Eindhoven’s Santiago Arias to replace him.

Vrsaljko, who can also operate on the left side of defence, has previous experience of playing in Italy with Genoa and Sassuolo, before joining Atletico in 2016 for a €16m fee.

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