Atletico Madrid are ready to meet Luciano Vietto's €20m (£14.7m, $22.5m) release clause to complete the signing of the coveted Villarreal striker, reports in Spain claim.
The 21-year-old starlet has been linked with a number of big clubs in recent months after garnering a reputation as one of the most promising forwards in Europe during his debut campaign in La Liga, scoring 20 goals – 12 in La Liga and eight in the Europa League.
Recent reports claimed Champions League winners Barcelona and Atletico Madrid were closely monitoring his development regarding a summer move while in March his agent Jorge Cyterszpiler revealed both Liverpool and Real Madrid were also interested in securing his services.
"We know that a lot of big clubs are watching Luciano Vietto. There is a lot of competition for him. He could sign for Liverpool, we know that he is admired by the Reds, as well as Real Madrid and two Bundesliga clubs. I think he could leave Villarreal in the summer," his agent admitted.
Brendan Rodgers has already signed promising Danny Ings and will bring Divock Origi back to Anfield but was said to be interested in the Argentinian starlet to fill the void left by Suarez's departure to Barcelona last summer.
But Vietto recently suggested that he was open to a move to Atletico Madrid instead as Diego Simeone was the manager who handed him his debut in Argentinian side Racing Club as a youngster in 2011 before moving to Villlareal.
"I can't say what might happen in the future, but my aim is to be here when pre-season starts. If Atletico offer €20m I'll talk it through with my family and agent. We'll try and come to the best decision, but I think everybody wins if they meet my buyout clause," said the striker.
According to Spanish radio station Cadena Cope Atletico Madrid are also ready to fulfil Vietto's demands by paying Villarreal his full release clause.
Cope adds that Villarreal indeed recently rejected a lucrative offer from Inter Milan because the player would rather move to the Vicente Calderon.
Vietto claimed he dreamt about a move to the Camp Nou but according to Cope he is instead close to becoming the first addition to Atletico Madrid's squad ahead of next season.