Portuguese giants Porto have bolstered their attack this summer, adding former Atletico Madrid attacking midfielder Adrian Lopez to the fold.
The team tweeted out a picture of Lopez joining his new teammates as they traveled to the Netherlands:
Tom Conn of Inside Spanish Football has more:
Adrian had been rumoured to be one of the players due to leave the club after failing to reach the same level for the past two years as he showed in his breakout 2011-12 season.
Adrian has sought out more minutes and with massive changes to the squad coming on the horizon, Adrian will leave the club, despite being a favourite of manager, Diego Simeone.
After receiving several offers, the [Mundo Deportivo] report goes on to add that Porto’s was the most appealing and the 26-year-old jumped at the opportunity.
Lopez fell out of favor with Atletico this past year, starting just four La Liga games for the club (though he did appear 18 times as a substitute). He scored a single goal and added three assists in those appearances, earning a disappointing 6.41 average match rating from WhoScored.com.
He was utilized more frequently in the Champions League, however, making nine appearances (six starts), scoring two goals and adding an assist.
Lopez had a bigger impact in the two seasons prior for Atletico in La Liga play, making a total of 68 appearances in that time (42 starts), scoring 10 goals and contributing three assists.
Andy Brassell of Bleacher Report notes the fee seems a touch steep for Lopez
Lopez now marks the third attacker Atletico have lost this summer, as Diego Costa joined Chelsea and David Villa signed with new MLS club New York City FC. They did add former Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic, however, so the cupboard is far from dry.
Lopez will be expected to help Porto recover from a disappointing 2013-14 season that saw them finish third on the Portuguese Liga table, a shocking 13 points behind their rivals, Benfica. And with more playing time, he'll also be able to replicate the success he had with Atletico in the 2011-12 season.
A change of scenery might be just what the talented 26-year-old needs. Porto are certainly banking on it.
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