On Friday, Atletico Madrid unveiled the signing of 18-year-old central midfielder Arthur Vermeeren from Royal Antwerp, securing his services until 2030 for a reported €25 million.
The young talent, who has already earned caps with the Belgian national team, made a significant impact during Antwerp’s Champions League group stage victory over Barcelona, where he found the back of the net and served as the club’s captain.
In a statement, Atletico Madrid confirmed the completion of the deal with Antwerp for Vermeeren’s transfer, covering the remainder of the current season and an additional six campaigns.
Atletico Madrid currently finds themselves in a challenging LaLiga season, occupying the fourth position and trailing 11 points behind league leaders Girona.
Despite league struggles, they reached the Copa del Rey semifinals by defeating Sevilla on Thursday, showcasing their determination in cup competitions.
Earlier in the January transfer window, Atletico secured the services of Romanian international goalkeeper Horatiu Moldovan from Rapid Bucharest. Additionally, they made changes in the goalkeeping department by selling reserve goalkeeper Ivo Grbic to Sheffield United.
These strategic moves aim to reinforce Atletico Madrid’s squad and address areas that require improvement as they navigate both domestic and cup competitions.