Atletico Nacional sign Palacios, Braghieri and reach agreement with Dayro Moreno
— Atlético Nacional (@nacionaloficial) January 16, 2018
It is still unclear if Giovanni Moreno will join Atletico Nacional but in the meanwhile, the team from Medellin has been securing other players ahead of the new season. This Tuesday, Los Verdolagas announced the additions of Colombian full back Helibelton Palacios and Argentine centre-back Diego Braghieri.
El Verde inclusively finalized an agreement with Dayro Moreno after speculation that he could be on his way back to the Mexican league. All of these moves will definitely strengthen El Rey de Copas ahead of a season where success in the Copa Libertadores is a must.
Palacios, 24, had been great in Colombia with Deportivo Cali before making his move to Club Brugge last year. The Colombian fullback received very limited playing time in Belgium and needed to make a move to get back into the form that kept him on the Colombia national team radar.
Al equipo llegan Diego Braghieri y Helibelton Palacios Zapata. Ambos jugadores ya firmaron y harán parte del grupo que afrontará las competencias nacionales e internacionales de 2018. Para leer más 👉https://t.co/e2tcMya8DW #ElMejorRefuerzoEsMiPasión pic.twitter.com/oZDEwszfNE
— Atlético Nacional (@nacionaloficial) January 17, 2018
Braghieri, 30, is a very strong and physical centre-back that Nacional manager Jorge Almiron trusts because of his time with Lanus in Argentina. Braghieri was with Lanus during Almiron’s tenure at the club and was part of Granate’s 2016 league-title winning team. Both Palacios and Braghieri should definitely strengthen the Verdolagas’ defense as the team waits for the arrival of goalkeeper Fernando Monetti after Franco Armani’s departure.
The Dayro Moreno saga has finally come to an end and Nacional’s attack seems very promising with the prospect of having both Dayro and Giovanni Moreno. Dayro was incredible for El Paisa Verde throughout 2017 with 25 goals in 37 appearances and will look to keep that form going as the 2018 World Cup approaches. Atletico Nacional should be a very exciting team in this upcoming season and there should certainly be more moves to come in the near future for the team.