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Atletico sign Jose Sosa on loan - report

December 31, 2013
By Dermot Corrigan, Spain Correspondent

Atletico Madrid have signed midfielder Jose Sosa on loan from Metalist Kharkiv for the rest of the season, according to the player’s agent.

Walter Flores (R) of Estudiantes vies for the ball with Jose Sosa of Bolivar
GettyImagesReigning champions Estudiantes came away from La Paz with a point

The deal bringing the 28 year old former Kharkiv club captain to the La Liga joint-leaders reportedly includes an option to buy in the summer for ten million euros.

The move had long been suggested in Spain, with Atletico coach Diego Simeone thought to be keen to work again with a player he knows from their successful time together with Estudiantes de la Plata in Argentine club football. And apparent confirmation of the deal was broken by the playmaker’s representative Ezequiel Manera on Twitter on Monday evening.

“Word has been given that Jose Sosa will play six months at Atletico Madrid,” Manera tweeted. “The operation is a loan with an option to buy. Tomorrow Jose Sosa together with Maximiliano Pra will be arriving in Madrid. We appreciate the good will and understanding of the people at Metalist. These six months are very important for Jose.”

Sosa, who can play as a No. 10 or in a right-sided attacking midfield position, has recently been recalled to the Argentina national set-up by coach Alejandro Sabella. He moved to Ukraine in 2011 after a short unsuccessful spell at Napoli, and also spent two-and-a-half up and down years at Bayern Munich earlier in his career. ‘El Principito’ may not be available to play for Atletico in this season’s Champions League, having played in the qualifying rounds for Metalist.

The new man’s arrival at the Calderon could mean summer signing Leo Baptistao, who has been hampered by injury so far this term, could go on loan back to former club Rayo Vallecano, with Real Betis, Malaga, Almeria, Villarreal and Premier League strugglers West Ham all also reportedly interested in taking the Spain under-21 international for the remainder of the campaign.

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