Atletico Madrid sign Vitolo despite transfer ban

Vitolo to join Atletico Madrid after paying Sevilla release clause himself

Vitolo to join Atletico Madrid after paying Sevilla release clause himself

Atleti are currently serving a player registration ban until January but Las Palmas president Miguel Angel Ramirez announced last week they had agreed for Vitolo to return to the club on loan until January when his deal to the capital club was processed.

In a statement on their website, Atlético confirmed that the Spain cap will play for UD Las Palmas until the Madrid club's FIFA registration ban is lifted in January.

He may not be able to play for Atletico until 2018, but Diego Simeone's side have completed the signing of a fellow La Liga player despite their ongoing transfer ban.

Indeed, the 27-year-old paid the sum of 33 million Euros to Sevilla to release him from a five-year-deal that he signed just two days prior.

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After flying to Madrid on Tuesday, Vitolo underwent a medical with Atleti on Wednesday morning before activating his Sevilla release clause at LaLiga's offices.

Having come through the Canary Islanders' youth ranks, the 27-year-old made 90 first-team appearances for Los Amarillos before joining Sevilla in 2013.

"Due to FIFA's sanction that forbids the club from registering football players during the current summer market, the player will play the first half of the season with Las Palmas and will join our team on January 1st 2018".

Vitolo helped Sevilla win three Europa League titles from 2014-16 and has been capped 11 times by Spain.