January 2, 2013 at 4:51 pm
Rayo Vallecano’s star striker Leo Baptistao is set to move to Atlético Madrid at the end of the season after the two clubs agreed on a transfer.
The 20-year-old Brazilian has scored six times so far this season in La Liga and is set to sign a four-year contract with Madrid, with the transfer fee reported to be in the region of €6m.
English Premier League sides Fulham and Sunderland were also said to be tracking the youngster, who is regarded as one of the hottest prospects in Spanish football.
After joining Vallecano’s youth setup at the age of 16 Baptistao made his first team debut in August 2012, starring in a 2-1 win away at Real Betis in La Liga where he provided an assist and the winning goal on a debut to remember.
Injuries hampered the youngsters early progression at Rayo as first hepatitis and then a collarbone injury denied the Brazilian a chance with the first team.
Baptistao’s goals have helped propel Vallecano into eighth position in La Liga, which would be their highest ever finish in the Spanish top flight with their current highest ever finish being ninth place recorded in 2000.
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