Fernando Torres, Sergio Aguero, Mario Mandzukic, Diego Forlan, Radamel Falcao, Diego Costa and Antoine Griezmann are all names of strikers that have shot themselves into folklore at Atletico Madrid, scoring a whopping 517 goals combined during their stints in the Spanish capital. Now Kevin Gameiro will be desperate to add his name to the prolific list having joined Diego Simeone’s side from Sevilla.
€32 million is the reported fee that was paid by the UEFA Champions League runners-up and Lucas Vietto will go the other way, completing a move to Sevilla on a season-long loan.
The 29-year-old arrived in Spain from Paris Saint-Germain
in 2013 and has bettered his performances over the seasons to become a goal-scoring machine, bagging a remarkable 29 goals in all competitions during the 2015/2016 season and playing an indispensable role in Sevilla’s three consecutive Europa League wins, the French talisman has had tongues wagging around the world and even though Didier Deschamps left him out of the Euro 2016 squad, Gameiro was a wanted man.
Though the likes of Barcelona
admitted their interest in the Salis-born forward that played a lone striker in Unai Emery’s 4-5-1 formation, Gameiro claimed that the Vicente Calderon was always his first choice.
“In my head, it was all clear,” Gameiro said after being unveiled to Rojiblanco fans.
“I wanted to join Atletico from the beginning and I’m confident of good times ahead. I have signed a four-year deal and am optimistic about the future”
Sevilla shipped in a humongous 50 goals against last season and Gameiro will have a lot of defensive work to put in as the physical and mental demands of his Argentine coach are frantically intense.
Los Colchoneros conceded just 18 league goals during the 2015/2016 season and their solidarity, spirit and work-rate is both celebrated and envied around the globe; Simeone has his team defending from the front with all 11 players working as a defensive unit.
When asked about the pressure that comes with playing in a title chasing club, the hitman said “There is always pressure, but that can be a good thing. I will just play my game and I will score many goals here,”
“I’m here to win titles; the Champions League and La Liga. I’m really looking forward to the season ahead. This is a great club and I can’t wait to challenge for the league title and Champions League this season – I would love to win a trophy” he added.
Gameiro will relish linking up with his fellow-compatriot Antione Griezmann as well as the likes of Fernando Torres, Yannick Carrasco
in attacks and couldn’t have landed himself in better hands than those of the supreme staff at Atletico Madrid.
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