According to reports in Italy, including Gazzetta dello Sport, Alessio Cerci is very close to sealing a move to Atlético de Madrid. The Madrid-based club assure that the operation has not been closed but it appears that an agreement between the two parties is almost there and Cerci could arrive soon.
Right from the moment when Atlético opened talks with Torino, the transfer fee has been an issue which neither side has been able to settle on. Atlético are willing to outlay a figure of around 16 million euros for the player while the Italians are holding out for a fee nearer 20 million. Should they land the Italy international, Simeone would deem the squad closed.