Report: Barcelona make €10m Sevilla star Alex Vidal first summer signing

Barcelona have been looking at potential Dani Alves replacements.

According to the Spanish publication Diario Sport, Barcelona have concluded a €10 million deal for Sevilla winger Alex Vidal, with the deal set to be concluded next week.

The 25-year-old winger has only been at Sevilla for one season, joining Unai Emery’s men at the beginning of the campaign from fellow La Liga side Almeria.

He impressed in his debut campaign in Andalusia, appearing in 31 La Liga games and helping the club achieve a second successive Europa League triumph.

Vidal’s remarkable performances seemingly haven’t gone unnoticed and ahead of their summer presidential elections, Diario Sport claim Barcelona have struck a deal for the Spaniard.

“Alex Vidal has agreed to join Barcelona on a five-year deal from Sevilla, and it will be announced after the Champions League final and before the upcoming elections. The deal is for €10 million, and there will not be any more additional fees,” the report states.

The Catalans, however, are in the midst of a transfer ban which was imposed last year and it won’t be lifted until the 2016 January transfer window.

Nevertheless, the club can complete transfers as early as this summer, although any incoming player will not be able to play a game – official or unofficial - until the turn of the year.

Vidal is predominantly a right winger, but he can also play at right-back and his impending arrival raises further questions over the future of Brazilian international Dani Alves.

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