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Celta aiming to seal Vietto deal

The Atlético Madrid man looks in line for a move to Balaídos as the Galician outfit ready themselves for next season's European campaign.
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Celta aiming to seal Vietto deal
ALBERTO IRANZO DIARIO

Celta Vigo's preparations for next season are well underway, as head coach Eduardo 'Toto' Berizzo shapes his first-team squad for a campaign that will include Europa League football.

Before going on holiday, Berizzo sat down with the club's powers-that-be to discuss plans for 2016/17, asking the board for five summer signings - and giving his thumbs-up to a move for Atlético Madrid's Luciano Vietto.

Celta are firm admirers of the former Villarreal forward, and president Carlos Mouriño has been working on bringing the 22-year-old to Balaídos for some time.

Vietto (right) has found himself down the pecking order at Atlético.

It is understood that Vietto - who has struggled to establish himself at Atlético since joining Los Rojiblancos in 2015 - is keen to go to Vigo, with talks between the two LaLiga sides at an advanced stage.

Celta are not in favour of loan signings and will only countenance a permanent transfer, which could see Atleti negotiate a buy-back option or a percentage of any future sell-on fee.

The fine details of the deal are still to be ironed out, but Atlético are expected to have to settle for a figure well below the 20 million euros they paid for the player nearly 12 months ago.