Atletico Madrid sign Arsenal starlet Fran Merida on five-year deal, claims Spanish club's chief

25 May 2010 01:41
Francy that: Atletico are convinced that they have bagged Arsenal midfielder Fran Merida

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo reckons his side have pulled off a transfer coup by clinching the signing of Arsenal youngster Fran Merida.

The Spaniard is set to sign a five-year deal with Atletico, dealing Arsene Wenger another blow as he tries to keep Cesc Fabregas at the Emirates.

And Cerezo reckons Merida is already a class act and will shine in Madrid.

He said: 'He is a magnificent young player with a fine future.'

He added: 'This transfer hasn't always been easy, but he has always been interested in our project and has now made the next step by leaving Arsenal.'

Atletico had a successful season in which they landed the Europa League with a 2-1 victory over Fulham in the final.

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