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Atletico announce Lazio deal Tuesday 7 May, 2002


Atletico Madrid President Jesus Gil has announced a deal to sign Lazio pair Claudio Lopez and Gaizka Mendieta while Diego Simeone could follow.

“We have reached an agreement with the club,” Gil told Argentine station Radio del Plata late Tuesday night.

No financial details have emerged as yet, but last week there was talk of a £22m offer for Argentine international Lopez, while Mendieta should arrive on loan for a year.

The volcanic patron is intent on building an impressive squad in their first year back in the top flight and has also been linked with Milan hitmen Javi Moreno and Jose Mari.

It would be a return to the Liga for the Biancocelesti stars as both Lopez and Mendieta have worn the Valencia shirt.

Spanish midfielder Mendieta had spoken of a move to Real Madrid last year, but could now settle on the other side of the city.

Meanwhile, former Inter hero Diego Simeone has allegedly confirmed a move to newly promoted Atletico.

Simeone, who scored against his ex club on Sunday, had for some time been linked with Atletico Madrid but Calciomercato.com claimed the move was settled on Tuesday evening.

There has been no official word on any of the above deals from Lazio as yet.

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