Atletico signs Merida to 4-year deal from Arsenal

Atletico Madrid has signed midfielder Fran Merida from

Arsenal.

Merida has agreed to a four-year deal, joining the Europa League

champions on a free transfer with his Arsenal contract to expire on

June 30.

The 20-year-old Merida, who came up through Barcelona’s youth

ranks, had two goals from 16 appearances since making his Arsenal

first-team debut in 2007.