Former Arsenal transfer target Hector Herrera has officially completed a move to Atletico Madrid on a free transfer.
The Mexico international has joined the Spanish club on a three-year deal after seeing out his contract at FC Porto.
The 29-year-old decided against taking part in the Gold Cup in order to get his plans in place.
Herrera departs the Portuguese giants after six years, having made 245 appearances for the club, scoring 35 goals and making 35 assists.
It would appear Herrera is a replacement for defensive midfielder Rodri, who is set to join Manchester City after they reportedly triggered his release clause.
It’s a solid addition for Atleti, and their gain is most definitely Arsenal’s loss.
Arsenal were linked with a move for Herrera back in January (Tuttomercatoweb).
It is yet another missed opportunity for the Gunners, who reportedly have very little money to spend this summer.
The club have already missed out on Adrien Rabiot who has joined Juventus for free, and Diego Godin – a man who would have made a major difference to Arsenal – has also just changed clubs following the expiry of his contract.
Herrera would have been a good addition for Unai Emery, with holding midfield in need of fresh impetus.
But as the club chase arguable lost causes like Wilfried Zaha and Harry Maguire, genuine options at zero cost are passing them by.