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CONFIRMADO: Jonny joins Atlético, moves to Wolves on loan

The versatile full back has completed a move to Atleti but will play a season for Wolves first.

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UPDATE: Done deal.

Jonny Castro will arrive at Atlético Madrid soon according to Diario AS, but he will move straight to newly-promoted Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Spanish newspaper had reported for a whole month that Jonny would make his long-mooted move from Galicia, but only recently have Wolves’ name come to light. Atlético will pay €7 million with further add-ons possible and send him right away to Nuno’s side.

The 24-year-old can play left or right back and has one year left on his contract with Celta Vigo. He has been kept away from the Celta squad most of the summer, which is unusual and potentially breaks FIFA rules regarding players, contracts and the refusal of the right to work.

But he won’t be at Balaídos for much longer, it seems. Atlético made Jonny a target prior to this summer, and they have swooped for a defender they don’t need right now but one who is available right now at a low price. The move makes sense as the club line up Juanfran’s (or Filipe’s) eventual replacement.

Jonny has represented Spain at every age group up until Under-21s. He has been with Celta’s first team since 2013 and has extensive experience in LaLiga, with 180 appearances in Spain’s top flight. He was a main cog in Toto Berizzo’s Europa League semifinalists in 2016/17 and followed up with a solid 2017/18 season — even as Unzué’s team finished 13th.