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Atlético Madrid confirm signing of full-back Sime Vrsaljko

The 24-year-old Croatia international moves to LaLiga from Italians Sassuolo and has penned a five-year deal at the Vicente Calderón.

Atlético Madrid confirm signing of full-back Sime Vrsaljko
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Atlético Madrid have announced the signing of Croatia international full-back Sime Vrsaljko from Serie A outfit Sassuolo.

Five-year deal

The 24-year-old has put pen to paper on a five-year contract with Los Rojiblancos, arriving at the Vicente Calderón for 16 million euros plus a further two million in add-ons.

Vrsaljko, who is currently on holiday after featuring for his national side at the European Championships, is viewed as a long-term successor to regular Atlético right-back Juanfran.

Versatile

However, he can also play at left-back - as he did in Croatia's group-stage win over Spain at Euro 2016 - meaning he gives coach Diego Simeone an alternative to Filipe Luis.

The player will join up with Simeone's first-team squad later this month.

Second summer signing

Sporting director José Luis Pérez Caminero said: "Vrsaljko is a player with a huge projection, although he has already demonstrated his quality in a championship as competitive as the Italian Serie A.

"It perfectly fulfils our idea of incorporating players who increase the competition within the group and our team’s level. He is very versatile, since he can play in both sides."

Vrsaljko (right) featured in Croatia's Euro 2016 win over Spain.

Vrsaljko is Atleti's second close-season capture after Benfica's Nicolás Gaitán, while the capital club are also due to confirm a deal for young Portuguese winger Diogo Jota.