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Atletico Madrid agree £17.67m deal for Felipe from Porto

Brazilian centre-back will become Diego Simeone's first signing of the summer

during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Porto and Leicester City FC at Estadio do Dragao on December 7, 2016 in Porto, Porto.
Image: Felipe is the first signing of what is expected to be a busy summer at Atletico

Porto have announced they have reached an agreement to sell Felipe to Atletico Madrid in a deal worth £17.67m (€20m).

The 30-year-old, who joined Porto from Brazilian side Corinthians in 2016 and made 142 appearances for the club, will add experience to an Atletico side who have recently lost Diego Godin, Juanfran and Lucas Hernandez.

Antoine Griezmann looks set to also leave the club in the coming weeks after announcing his intentions to move on earlier this month.

Felipe won the Primeira Liga with Porto last season, along with the Portuguese Super Cup, but he was unable to inspire his team to the league title this year, with Porto just missing out after finishing two points behind eventual winners Benfica.

Diego Simeone's Atletico have been knocked out of the Champions League by a side containing Cristiano Ronaldo in five of the last six seasons
Image: Simeone is planning an overhaul of his squad

He confirmed his exit on Monday with a message on his Instagram page.

Felipe said: "It was three years of living intensely blue and white with a new family that I built, and that will be remembered for the rest of my life!

"I just have to thank all the staff of the club, the board, the president, the coaches and team-mates with whom I lived in this period."

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Felipe becomes the second Brazilian defender to leave Porto for Madrid this summer, following Eder Militao's move to Atletico's rivals Real, which was agreed in March.

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