OFFICIAL: Atletico completes Vrsaljko signing

Atletico Madrid has completed the signing of Sassuolo fullback Sime Vrsaljko on a five-year deal.

Vrsaljko has been a long-term target for the Colchoneros and follows Nicolas Gaitan in moving to the club ahead of the new La Liga season.

And the Croatia international says he is “very happy” to have joined Atletico, with the fee involved unspecified.

“Playing in Atletico is a big challenge for me, I’m very happy,” he told Atletico’s official club website.

Vrsaljko, who made two appearances for Croatia at Euro 2016 this summer, played a key role in helping Sassuolo soar to an impressive sixth-place finish in Serie A last season.

The 24-year-old can operate in both fullback positions and Atletico’s sporting manager Jose Luis Perez Caminero has lauded Vrsaljko’s versatility as a key factor behind the transfer.

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 fulfills 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, which offers us interesting alternatives.”

Vrsaljko started his career with Dinamo Zagreb before joining Genoa in 2013, where he spent one season prior to switching to Sassuolo a year later.

The original version of this story which was published by Serie A can be viewed here.

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