Brazilian midfielder Bruno Guimaraes has appeared to confirm he is joining Atletico Madrid from Atletico Paranaense in a €30m deal.
Rodrigo Gama, a lawyer for the Brazilian club, travelled to Madrid to negotiate the terms with a deal expected for this winter.
“If I really go there (Atleti), I know it is a great club that plays Champions League,” Guimaraes is cited as saying by Marca.
“I rejected several proposals, the fans know it, the board knows it and all my staff knows it, in order to pursue the dream of going to European football.”
The player has refused to renew his deal with Paranaense, with whom he has a contract until 2023, and he wants to join Los Rojiblancos.
It is the same club from which Atleti signed full-back Renan Lodi this summer and their interest in Guimaraes has been long-standing, the report adds.
Chelsea, Benfica and Porto are all said to have had an interest in signing the defensive midfielder, meaning the Spanish capital club had to act.
Bruno Guimaraes has played seven matches in the Copa Libertadores this season, where he scored two goals and provided two assists – with champions Flamengo also linked.
He is said to be a technical player, with the ability to join the attack and, above all, a great interpretation of the game – with his breaking up of play highly valued.