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Official: Nico Gaitan will become an Atletico Madrid player after the Copa America

Just a medical and the signing of a contract and the deal will be completed

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Atletico Madrid have announced via their website that they have agreed a transfer fee with Benfica for Nicolas Gaitan. The Argentine is currently on duty with his national side at Copa America and will complete the signing when the competition has ended.

The official announcement from the clubs says he will travel to Spain after the tournament to complete the formalities needed to become a Rojiblanco player.

Gaitan, 28, has impressed with Benfica in recent years and scored four goals and assisted with another 16 last season in Portugal's top flight. He is an experienced left winger with plenty of speed and trickery, which was on display when Benfica beat Atletico this year in the Champions League. He was their talisman on the night and scored one and assisted another in a rare 2-1 defeat at the Calderon for Atletico.

The Argentine had been linked with moves away in previous season to teams such as Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal but Diego Simeone has used his linked with several of the current Argentina crop of players to convince the winger to join him in Madrid.