Sevilla have completed the signing of Argentine playmaker Alejandro Gomez from Atalanta. The deal is worth €5 plus €2m in bonuses, according to Marca. The player has completed his medicals successfully and he could make his debut against Eibar this weekend.
Gomez signed a three and a half year contract with the Spanish club that runs until 2024. The 32-year-old made 252 appearances for Atalanta, scoring 59 goals and providing 71 assists, since his move to La Dea from Metalist in 2014.
Gomez was a pivotal in Atalanta’s impeccable achievements in the recent seasons, but his relationship with manager Gian Piero Gasperini fell apart during this campaign. His last competitive game for La Dea was on December 16 against Juventus.
During their 1-1 draw with FC Midtjylland in the Champions League, Gomez was subbed at half time. The substitution was forced because Gomez refused Gasperini’s tactical instructions. According to certain reports, there was a confrontation between the two during half time, with some papers reporting that it even got physical. Even though Gasperini remained silent initially, Gomez was omitted from the squad for the next match against Udinese.
The Argentine then played the full 90 minutes in the win against Ajax, but was left on the bench for the whole game against Fiorentina. He was then
included in the squad against Juventus but was only used as a second-half substitute and he was caught by the camera appearing to sing Juventus’ anthem sparking controversy.
As for Sevilla, the acquisition of Gomez will be a huge boost to the side, who have been missing a creative midfield player in the team since Ever Banega left the club in the summer. The transfer will also increase Sevilla’s chances of finishing in the top 4 this season and getting past Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League round of 16.