Atletico Madrid have confirmed the signing of midfielder Marcos Llorente from Real Madrid, with a reported fee of €40m.
It has been confirmed that the two have agreed personal terms but the delay was said to be in Los Blancos haggling over a greater fee for the player.
Llorente has never been a regular in Madrid’s starting line-up and previous reports have claimed that both Manchester United and Arsenal are interested in a deal.
Los Rojiblancos fear that midfielder Rodri will leave the club this summer should his €70m release clause be activated, with Manchester City and Bayern Munich among the clubs linked.
Llorente had been in line for a January loan move to Basque club Alaves but this was scrapped due to his performances, but after a promising run of form he suffered an injury setback.
The 24-year-old has made 37 senior appearances for the club, scoring twice, but has made just five La Liga appearances this campaign and Zidane has publicly said he should leave the club on loan.
“Marcos needs more first-team minutes,” Zidane told reporters in April.
“He was incredible during the season where he played (on loan) at Alaves (in the 2016-17 campaign) and a similar situation would be the best-case scenario for him again.”
Transfermarkt rates Llorente’s transfer value at €15m while it had been claimed that Zinedine Zidane had personally told the midfielder he can leave the club this summer.