Ivan Saponjic becomes Atletico Madrid’s seventh summer signing

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Ivan Saponjic leaves Benfica and becomes Atletico Madrid’s seventh summer signing as Diego Simeone continues to prepare for life without Barcelona-bound Antoine Griezmann

  • Atletico Madrid have signed Ivan Saponjic from Benfica for around £7million
  • Serbia U21 international has passed a medical and penned a three-year contract
  • Twenty-one-year-old Saponjic is Atletico’s seventh summer signing this year
  • Antoine Griezmann is likely to leave Atletico for Barcelona in the coming weeks

Atletico Madrid confirmed their seventh signing of the summer on Thursday as Ivan Saponjic joined from Benfica.

The 21-year-old Serbia youth international striker is understood to have cost around £7million.

Atletico confirmed Saponjic’s arrival on their official website: ‘The Serbian has already signed a three-year deal and passed his medical at the Clinica Universidad de Navarra.

Atletico Madrid have signed Serbia U21 striker Ivan Saponjic from Benfica for around £7million

Atletico Madrid have signed Serbia U21 striker Ivan Saponjic from Benfica for around £7million

‘He has already joined Simeone’s squad in Los Angeles de San Rafael with the permission of the Portuguese club.’

Saponjic was in the B team at Benfica and he will likely be a back-up to senior stars Alvaro Morata, Nikola Kalinic and Diego Costa at Atletico.

Atletico look set to lose Antoine Griezmann to Barcelona in the coming weeks, so manager Diego Simeone will be glad of another attacking option.

Simeone has already brought in Joao Felix, Marcos Llorente, Felipe, Renan Lodi, Nicolas Ibanez, Hector Herrera this summer.

Griezmann will not be the first senior star to leave Atletico this summer, with Diego Godin, Lucas Hernandez, Gelson Martins, Rodri having already departed.

France star Antoine Griezmann is likely to leave Atletico for Barcelona in the coming weeks

France star Antoine Griezmann is likely to leave Atletico for Barcelona in the coming weeks

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