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Atlético Madrid announce Renan Lodi agreement

The Rojiblancos are aiming to do some sensible business this summer, knowing their two LaLiga rivals are strengthening big.

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Atlético Madrid announced on Friday that they have reached an agreement in principle with Athletico Paranaense to sign Renan Lodi.

Lodi on verge on Atlético move

The Brazilian left-back adds to Atleti's defensive options for 2019-20 as Diego Simeone looks to keep pace with last year's champions Barcelona and a stronger Real Madrid. The 21-year-old has played at the top level of Brazilian football since 2016, helping Paranaense to glory in the CONMEBOL Sudamericana in 2018 and picking up a runners-up medal in the CONMEBOL Recopa in 2019.

Lodi's arrival follows hot on the heels of Marcos Llorente's €30.15 million switch from Real Madrid, and head coach Simeone has also added defender Felipe Monteiro in a €20million transfer from Porto. The immiinent arrival of Benfica's Joao Felix also has many fans excited.

A statement announcing the deal to sign Lodi on Atletico's official website said: "Atlético Madrid and Athletico Paranaense have achieved a preliminary agreement over the transfer of Renan Lodi to our club," something AS revealed was in the pipeline a few weeks ago.

"The agreement is pending its final formalisation both with the Brazilian club and the player.

"He comes with a notorious capacity to project himself in attack thanks to his versatility, speed, and great striking skills."