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Recent Arsenal linked player discovers heart defect during medical

Impending Atletico Madrid signing Angel Correa is set to undergo heart surgery.

San Lorenzo's starlet Angel Correa seems to have had a lucky escape during his medical to join Atletico Madrid, after discovering a cardiac condition that experts have recommended be immediately operated on.

A number of high profile Spanish footballers such as Sevilla's Antonio Puerta and Espanyol's Dani Jarque have sadly passed away from cardiac conditions over the last decade, and the country have therefore emphasised the importance of thorough heart checkups at their football clubs.

The hugely promising Argentine youngster had been linked to both Arsenal and Manchester City over the last season, as he scored 8 goals and created 14 more for the initial Primera Division champions and Copa Libertadores semifinalists.

Atletico disclosed that: "Angel Correa will undergo microsurgery in the coming days to resolve a heart condition that was detected during the medical that he took in Madrid on May 28.

"The player has taken this decision after being advised by recognised experts in the field, with the coordination of the medical teams of Atletico Madrid and San Lorenzo.

"Those doctors predict a speedy recovery without any complications."

The 19-year-old's form encouraged most of Europe's clubs to take notice of him, and at the end of May it was announced that the young forward would be joining La Liga winners Atletico Madrid, with the Spanish outfit eager for attacking reinforcements given Diego Costa's impending Chelsea move.

The Guardian reported the youngster had agreed a five-year deal at Atletico, following in the footsteps of Lionel Messi, who also moved to Spain from the Argentinian town of Rosario.

"Our club has reached agreement with San Lorenzo on the transfer of the young Argentine talent,” Atletico earlier said on their website. “The young footballer is known for his speed, talent and ability, which have made him one of the attacking reference points for his team, for whom he has scored eight goals this season.”

Correa's transfer to Spain will still go ahead once he recovers, according to Teamtalk.

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