The FIFA transfer ban has been a severe blow for Atletico Madrid who cannot bolster their ranks with new players until 2018.
However, a last-ditch offer from Atlético persuaded the player - who had not yet signed his fresh Sevilla terms - to move to the Spanish capital, via Las Palmas.
The midfielder has now ended his four-year association with Sevilla after choosing to link up with Diego Simeone's squad, despite having to wait until the second half of the season to feature at the Wanda Metropolitano.
The wording of the Atletico statement is as follows: "Atletico Madrid has reached an agreement with Víctor Machín Pérez, Vitolo, for the next five years after the footballer rescinded his contract with Sevilla Fútbol Club".
The suggestion from Spain seems to be that Vitolo paid the €37.5 million required to buy-out his contract and Atletico will pay him back.
"Vitolo, who is 27, is a football player of proven experience and quality, and has worn the shirt of the senior national team 11 times and has become one the most creative players of the League in the last seasons".
After helping them win three Europa League titles in a row between 2014 and 2016, Vitolo has now decided to move on.
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