According to Belgian outlet HLN, an agreement between the Spanish giants and Antwerp has been reached. This has since been backed up by transfer expert Fabrizio Romano. The deal could rise to as high as €27 million if certain bonuses are met.
All things considered, this appears to be a very good deal for Diego Simeone’s side given that Antwerp CEO Sven Jacques just last month said that he was expecting to receive a Belgian record fee for Vermeeren. However, his stance appears to have significantly softened as the final figure for the midfielder is almost €10m short of the current record of €36.5m.
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The capital club had initially tested the waters with a €12m offer that was promptly rejected by Antwerp. Indeed, head coach Mark van Bommel joked about the bid earlier on Tuesday, saying: “Do you know how much it is? Around €12m? Well, that’s not enough, is it?”
Despite Atletico and Antwerp agreeing on a deal, the transfer is not yet completed. The Spanish club still need to agree personal terms with the player, who is expected to fly to Madrid for his medical on Thursday. Antwerp had hoped to keep the midfielder until the summer, but if all goes to plan, he will join Atleti this month.