Kranevitter edges closer to Atletico Madrid move

The Argentinian midfielder has landed in Italy to pick up his passport and says he is “grateful” for the chance to play for Diego Simeone’s men

River Plate midfielder Matias Kranevitter has moved a step closer to Atletico Madrid after travelling to Italy to claim his EC passport.

The Argentinian midfielder has just helped River to the club’s first Copa Libertadores in almost 20 years and was expected to join Atleti in the winter transfer window after leading his current club into December’s Club World Cup.

However, the 22-year-old could now join Diego Simeone’s side before the end of the current transfer window, with some reports in Spain suggesting the club could yet face a transfer ban for signing players under the age of 18.

“I’ve come to Madrid and I’m very happy and grateful for this opportunity,” Kranevitter told Marca.

“I have no idea what’s happening with the contract just now. I expect the two clubs to come to an agreement and I’ve already been told what I must do.
  
“I’ve not really spoken to Diego Simeone, but Atletico is a great club.” 

Kranevitter is set to make his international debut next month after Argentina coach Gerardo Martino included him in the squad for the games against Bolivia and Mexico.