Vietto is attracting attention having scored 20 goals in 48 games for Villarreal this season, but Spanish newspaper AS claims the Yellow Submarine are in talks with the 21-year-old’s agent in a bid to increase a €20million (£14.5m) release clause, which Atletico, Arsenal and Liverpool are all said to be willing to meet.
Vietto was coy when asked about his future over the weekend, claiming it “could be the best thing for all” if a club matches his buy-out clause, and AS says the presence of Diego Simeone at Atletico could give them an advantage in the battle to sign the Argentina Under-20 striker.
Vietto’s agent Jorge Cyterszpiler has also suggested a move away from Villarreal is likely for his client.
“We know that a lot of big clubs are watching Luciano Vietto,” he said. “There is a lot of competition for him. I think he could leave Villarreal in the summer.”