Atlético sign Renan Lodi

The rojiblanco team made an agreement with Athlético Paranaense. As AS could know, the business with the player and the Brazilian club closed yesterday in Curitiba.

El Atlético de Madrid announced this Friday that has reached an agreement with the Athletico Paranaense for the signing of Renan Lodi. The colchonero club affirms that the agreement only remains pending its definitive formalization both with the Brazilian club and with the player to be announced as an official. The team from Curitiba confirmed the agreement.

Se As AS announced two weeks ago, the agreement between the young Brazilian left-back, 21, and Atletico was imminent and it was not closed before because of fiscal problems that worried the Brazilian club.

But AS could know AS, yesterday the leaders colchoneros met with the player and with the directive of the Athletico Paranaense in Curitiba and the business was closed.

According to sources close to the negotiation, the Zenit of St. Petersburg had entered with great force to by the player the last 48 hours and even sent a representative to Brazil to try to take the young footballer, offering even more than the Atleti offer. But a personal desire of the player to play in LaLiga and under the command of Simeone was decisive so that in the end the Paranaense accepted the mattress offer.

AS published on May 4 that the business was practically closed, but the agreement was delayed by a difficult tributary dispute between Atlético and Paranaense. A new practice of the Treasury, which spent in recent years to collect the Nonresident Income Tax (IRNR) corresponding to the operation to the Brazilian clubs frightened the leaders of Curitiba. The Athletico Paranaense asked that the rojiblancos were those who faced this new expense or that the agreed value was higher.

Renan Lodi is international with the inferiors of Brazil is considered one of the projects with more future canarinho football. And Atleti had been following him for months. A full side, solid in defense and talented in attack, which fits like a glove in what Simeone was looking for the goal of Filipe Luis and Lucas Hernández.

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