Atlético de Madrid has made official the arrival of French striker

Moussa Dembélé

until the end of the season.

The rojiblanco team will pay

1.5 million euros to Olympique de Lyon for the transfer until June 30, 2021

and reserves a purchase option for 33.5 million euros "to which incentives for 5 million can be added" , as reported by the French club.

"A powerful striker comes to our club, who plays in the last meters of the field and

has a great scoring instinct to convert chances that he has,

" Atlético said about the 24-year-old player.

"We incorporated a player with experience at the European level, accurate on goal and with a prodigious physique."


His height (1.83 meters) makes him a danger overlooked by rival defenses, although his powerful stride also makes him very powerful with spaces

. His corpulence makes him very effective in the game on his back, giving the possibility of incorporation to teammates who arrive from the second line and facilitating the second play. Thus, we welcome a player who joins our project with the greatest enthusiasm ", highlights the club.

Since Diego Costa announced his desire to terminate the contract, two weeks ago, Atlético had very clear the parameters that his replacement had to meet.

The first, and most importantly, his arrival on loan, because the red-and-white economy, and more so this season conditioned from start to finish by Covid-19, is as it is.

The second, no less crucial, that the possible purchase option was not mandatory and was only executed according to the player's response until June, as happened a year ago with Carrasco.

Dembélé's cache has been devalued in these months of course, with a single goal in 16 games and a broken arm in training, which has prevented her from playing for almost a month.

So, Jean-Michel Aulas, president of the French team, with whom they already negotiated in summer 2017 for Alexandre Lacazette (the FIFA sanction truncated the transfer), and with whom it is never easy to deal with, has had no problem in sit down to find a solution for the future of the French forward, for whom they paid Celtic Glasgow 22 million (51 goals in 94 games), in 2018.

His performance in the first two seasons drew attention in Europe.

20 goals in his debut and 24 in his second episode in Lyon, with a decisive double against Manchester City by Pep Guardiola, last summer, in the quarterfinals of the last Champions League.

An achievement in just a quarter of an hour on the grass.

"I think Moussa Dembélé has reached an agreement with Atlético,"

Juninho Pernambucano

, Lyon's sports director

, admitted on Saturday


Atlético thus closes a necessary operation to give Luis Suárez oxygen and, in the event of an unforeseen event from the Uruguayan, to have a reliable alternative.

Because Simeone has always made it clear that


, the other 9 in the team, is not part of his plans, apart from the fact that the forward is negotiating a possible exit to Sporting de Gijón these days.

The striker, who will coincide with his compatriot Thomas Lemar, has a few weeks left to recover from the broken arm that has prevented him from playing for a month.

Atlético, like Barça, already have their Dembélé.

A key piece for the leader of the League, in the second round of the Champions League, to fight with guarantees for the two competitions in which he competes, after his recent KO in the Cup.

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