Hermoso latest man to join Atletico

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Atletico Madrid have continued their heavy spending this summer with the signing of Espanyol defender Mario Hermoso.

Atletico Madrid have continued their heavy spending this summer with the signing of Espanyol defender Mario Hermoso.

Diego Simeone has been looking for a replacement for experienced man Diego Godin since he left the club on a free transfer to join Inter Milan.

They have turned to the 24-year-old Hermoso, who has agreed a five-year contract at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Atletico have paid Espanyol around 25million euros for his signature with 4million euros in potential add-ons, as the three-time Spain international only had a year remaining on his contract.

He is the latest arrival in Atletico’s summer spending spree, with Joao Felix being the headline buy after signing from Benfica for £112million, though they have recouped money from Barcelona for Antoine Griezmann.

And Atletico are confident that the impressive defender will prove to be a good buy.

‘We welcome an extraordinary player, who, despite his youth, has experience and a promising future,’ a statement read on the Atletico website.

‘He arrives to make our squad stronger and we wish him all the best in this beautiful new challenge at Atletico de Madrid.’

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