Atletico Madrid has confirmed the capture of midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia from Valencia despite the transfer window being closed.
The Central African Republic international has moved to Wanda Metropolitano on a four-year deal, bringing an end to his three-year stint at Mestalla.
Geoffrey Kondogbia, who has completed a €10 million move to Atletico Madrid from Valencia, will replace Thomas Partey in Diego Simeone’s squad, who left Madrid Arsenal FC in October.
La Liga set November 5th as the deadline for Simeone’s team to replace Thomas Partey, who had departed for Arsenal FC on deadline day for €50 million. Los Rojiblancos have now moved for Geoffrey Kondogbia and will ask him to fill the boots of the Ghana international’s boots.
Atletico Madrid announced Kondogbia’s arrival via an official statement on their website, which read: “Atletico Madrid have reached an agreement with Valencia for the transfer of Geoffrey Kondogbia who will play for our club for the remainder of the year and three more seasons.
“A talented player arrives at Atletico Madrid, with great physical power that makes him rule the center of the field.
“His good ball stealing also makes him stand out when it comes to intercepting opponent’s attacking plays, making him a complete midfielder both for defensive tasks and for cutting-edge work when mounting counter-attacks. Thus, we welcome a player who joins our project with the greatest enthusiasm.”
Atletico has benefitted from La Liga’s rule, which allows any club that sees a player leave after having their release clause triggered to sign a replacement from Spain within a four-week period.