Atletico Madrid sign Sevilla's Vitolo despite registration ban

Atletico Madrid sign Sevilla's Vitolo despite registration ban

The club's website announced as a consequence of their FIFA sanction - which prevents Atletico from registering players during the current transfer window- that Vitolo will play the first half of the season with UD Las Palmas before joining the club on January 1, 2018.

However, according to Spanish media outlets, the winger changed his mind after a phone call from Atletico Madrid late on Tuesday.

That news appears to have spurred Atletico into action to close the deal by paying Vitolo's buyout clause, before it was raised to around 50 million euros.

So he will sign for Las Palmas as a free agent on a six-month contract and then sign/register with Atletico in January.

The transfer takes place despite Sevilla chief José Castro saying on Monday that Vitolo had agreed to a new, five-year contract at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán.

The 27-year old, who has been capped 11 times for Spain and has found the net on four occasions, netted six goals and registered 10 assists in all competitions last term.

After helping them win three Europa League titles in a row between 2014 and 2016, Vitolo has now decided to move on.

In a statement on their official website after the news broke, the club said; "Atletico de Madrid has reached an agreement with Victor Machin Perez, Vitolo, for the next five years after the football player rescinded his contract with Sevilla".