Sevilla sign Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gómez from Atalanta in cut-price deal

Sevilla have signed the Argentina attacking midfielder Alejandro “Papu” Gómez from Atalanta, the La Liga side confirmed on Tuesday. A Sevilla statement said the 32-year-old had signed a deal at the club until June 2024, without disclosing a transfer fee.

The newspaper Marca reported that Sevilla had agreed to pay just €5m plus an extra €2m in performance-based bonuses for the Gómez, who could make his debut at Eibar on Saturday.

The Argentinian had been with the Serie A club Atalanta since 2014, scoring 59 goals with 71 assists in more than 250 appearances. He captained the Italian side to qualification for the Champions League for the first time in 2019 when they reached the quarter-finals.

The team secured a second consecutive top-four finish last season but Gómez had a bitter fallout with the coach Gian Piero Gasperini in December.

The row began during a 1-1 draw with Midtjylland in the Champions League on 1 December, with Gasperini later saying Gómez had struggled to adapt to changes he wished his side to make during the game.

He dropped Gómez in favour of Swiss international Remo Freuler and the Argentinian had not featured for Atalanta since a 1-1 draw with Juventus on 16 December.