Argentina striker Pratto joins Sao Paulo

Rio de Janeiro, Feb 11 (IANS) Brazilian football club Sao Paulo has signed Argentina striker Lucas Pratto from Atletico Mineiro in a four-year deal.

The 28-year-old will be officially presented to the club’s fans on Sunday after Sao Paulo on Friday agreed to pay Mineiro an undisclosed transfer fee, reports Xinhua.

“We now have one of the best forwards on the continent, an Argentina international and possibly an important player in the next World Cup,” Sao Paulo president Carlos Silva said.

“We are very happy and satisfied. It’s an important investment but it was planned and it was made possible by our financial recovery programme.”

Pratto scored 41 goals in 104 appearances for Atletico Mineiro following his 2015 move from Velez Sarsfield. He has capped four times for Argentina’s national team, scoring two goals.

He said: “I’m very happy to have come to a club as big as Sao Paulo. I hope to score lots of goals and bring success to the team.”

–IANS

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