Barcelona have completed their first summer signing after agreeing a deal with Sevilla for versatile midfielder Aleix Vidal, Sevilla’s official website report.
The Catalan outfit are currently in the midst of a transfer ban which won’t be concluded until the January transfer window, though rules state that deals can be agreed as early as this summer.
The only snag is Vidal won’t be able to represent the recently-crowned Champions League winners until the ban is completed, both in official and un-official matches.
Nevertheless, he is by all-means permitted to be integrated with his new teammates and take part in training sessions at the club’s renowned Joan Gamper training centre.
The 25-year-old can play as both a central midfielder and a wide player, and has even been tasked with filling it at right-back on occasions over the past 12 months.
He only spent one season at Sevilla following his move from recently relegated La Liga side Almeria, but impressive performances have ultimately led to a dream move to the Nou Camp.
While the much-speculated transfer fee has not been announced, Vidal’s sudden switch could prove priceless for Barca should they lose popular right-back Dani Alves on a free this summer.
The Brazilian international has yet to sign a new contract with the club, and his possible departure from the Nou Camp would without doubt leave a bid void to fill over the coming season.