Atletico Madrid have signed defensive midfielder Marcos Llorente from rivals Real Madrid on a five-year deal. The 24-year-old has put pen to paper on a five-year deal for a reported £35m fee.
Llorente, a 2018 Champions League winner, has scored twice in 39 games for Real’s first team, including 16 appearances last season. He made his senior debut in 2015 before a season on loan at Alaves.
The club put out a statement. “Real Madrid C.F and Atlético Madrid have reached an agreement over the transfer of Marcos Llorente. The club wishes to express its gratitude for the commitment and professionalism shown by the player over the years and for the exemplary conduct he displayed since he joined our academy in 2008 through until his time as a member of the first-team squad. Real Madrid wish the player all the very best in this new chapter.”
The transfer could pave the way for Rodri to complete a move to Premier League champions Manchester City, who are ready to pay his release clause.
Rodri told Atletico earlier this month that he wanted to leave the club for a new challenge. He has also interested Bayern Munich.
Only seven players in history have played for both Real and Atletico;
Hugo Sanchez Atletico 1981-85 & Real 1985-92
Bernd Schuster Real 1980-90 & Atletico 1990-93
Santiago Solari Atletico 1999-00 & Real 2000-05
Juanfran Real 2004-06 & Atletico 2011-19
Jose Antonio Reyes Real 2006-07 Atletico 2007-11
Thibaut Courtois Atletico 2011-14 & Real 2018-Present
Alvaro Morata Real 2010-14 16-17 & Atletico 2019-Present