Athletic Bilbao have agreed a deal to sign Spanish international forward Raul Garcia from La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid.

The 29-year-old striker was dropped from Atleti coach Diego Simeone's squad ahead of Sunday evening's 3-0 win at Sevilla when it emerged the 2013-14 champions had agreed to sell him to Bilbao following several weeks of talks.

Garcia will now travel to Bilbao on Monday to undergo his medical before finalising his new deal with the Spanish Super Cup winners. A statement on the Madrid side's website read:

"The midfielder from Navarra was included in the 19-player list and travelled to the Andalucian capital, but finally stayed in the stands, since this Monday he will travel to Bilbao to undergo the medical tests with Athletic Club with the permission of our club.

At the request of the player, both entities have reached a preliminary agreement for his transfer to the Basque club." 

31/08/15

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