Atletico agree deal for Siqueira
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Atletico Madrid have agreed a deal to sign defender Guilherme Siqueira from Granada.

The Primera Division champions made the announcement on their website, with the 28-year-old Brazilian set to undergo a medical before putting pen to paper on a four-year contract. Siqueira had spells with Inter Milan and Udinese before joining Granada in 2010. He spent last season on loan with Benfica, helping them win the domestic league-cup double and reach the final of the UEFA Europa League, where they lost on penalties to Sevilla.

Atletico sporting director Jose Luis Perez Caminero has no doubt the player will improve their squad next season.

He said: "Siqueira's arrival increases competition with the side. He's a very good player from set-pieces and a penalty taker. He has attacking qualities, great defensive virtues and excellent awareness."

Siqueira described himself as "super happy" after the agreement was reached between the two clubs.

"This is a dream come true," he told Marca. "All players want to play for a big club and now I have the opportunity to be part of the Atletico family. I am happy, happy for all that is happening to me. And excited because I am going to a team who have won the league."

The move has further fuelled speculation that Atletico left-back Filipe Luis will join Chelsea in the near future, although Sequeira insists he has not joined the club as a direct replacement for his countryman.

"He's a great friend but I have not come here to replace anyone. I just want to do my job and prove my worth," he added.