Barcelona ropes in Brazilian defender

Barcelona are putting the final touches to their latest signing of Vitao, a Brazilian centre-half who is set to arrive from Palmeiras.Both the player and his representatives are currently in Barcelona to finalise a deal to bring the 19-year-old to the club. He has been signed with an eye to the future, given his tender age.

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Vitao, who stands at 1.86 centimetres tall, will sign for Barcelona with the intention of either joining up immediately with the B team or being loaned out to gain valuable first team experience.

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For the time being, he will not feature for the first team, given that boss Ernesto Valverde is already well stocked in that department.

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The young defender, who is part of Brazil’s under-20 national team, is a centre-back by trade but he can also operate as a defensive midfielder. Andre Curry, one of Barcelona’s chief scouts in Brazil, was one of the main driving factors in bringing the youngster to the club.

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