Atletico Madrid have reached an agreement 'in principal' with Fiorentina, which will see them capture 24-year-old centre-back Stefan Savic, having had an offer of €12 million (£8.4m) cash plus midfielder Mario Suarez, accepted by the Italian club.
According to Spanish outlet AS, just before the Fiorentina squad jetted off to the USA, where they will compete in the pre-season International Cup tournament, Savic was told he wouldn't be travelling with the rest of his team-mates.
Instead, the Montenegro international was told that he will head to Madrid, where he'll undergo the formalities of a medical with Atletico in the Spanish capital.
Just a few hours later, AS then informed that Mario Suarez bade farewell to his Atletico Madrid team-mates at their Majadahonda training complex, before they departed for a pre-season camp at the Los Angeles de San Rafael resort, in the province of Segovia.
The 28-year-old will now fly to Italy on Monday morning, where he'll undergo a medical with Fiorentina, as part of the deal which sees Savic head in the opposite direction.
Both clubs are expected to make formal announcements regarding the transfer deal on Monday, once the two players have passed their respective medical examinations, and the final details of the deal have been ratified.
Tottenham Hotspur had a small window of opportunity to move for Mario Suarez, as they seek to bolster their midfield options, but have now definitively missed out. A report just one day ago from London24 indicated Spurs were still very much in the hunt for the Spaniard.
Meanwhile, there were suggestions from TalkSport, that Manchester United were preparing to move for Stefan Savic, as they considered alternative central defensive options to big-money stars, Sergio Ramos and Nicolas Otamendi.