Barcelona closing in on signing of Brazil youth defender

Barcelona are close to completing the signing of Brazilian U20 defender Vitao, according to reports in Spain.

Vitao is a 19-year-old centre-back currently plying his trade with Brazilian club Palmeiras.

Marca report that Barcelona are now putting the finishing touches on their deal to sign Vitao, who will either join up with their B team in the third tier of Spanish football, or be loaned out in order to gain more experience.

The reigning La Liga champions already have a wealth of options at centre-back, so Vitao won’t be needed in the first team just yet – although he is seen as a bright prospect for the future.

Vitao, who can also operate as a defensive midfielder, has not made a senior appearance for Palmeiras, but was a member of Brazil’s U17 World Cup campaign in India two years ago, where he played in all seven games as his country finished third. He also played nine times at U20 level in the CONMEBOL Sudamericano Sub-20 competition earlier this year.


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