Barcelona close to signing Brazil's Silvinho


MADRID: Barcelona are poised to sign Brazilian defender Silvinho from Celta Vigo, the player's agent told reporters on Friday. 

“There's total agreement,” said Manuel Pericet, who added that there were only “a couple of details yet to sort out.” 

Celta's sporting director Felix Carnero confirmed that the two clubs were very close to signing a deal. 

Silvinho joined Celta from Arsenal for an undisclosed fee in August 2001 after losing his place to Ashley Cole. 

He has been a regular in the first team for the past two seasons but the club is keen to offload players following their relegation from the top flight. 

While Arsenal registered Silvinho on the basis of his Portuguese passport, Celta classified him as a Brazilian. 

Spanish media reported that he would sign a two-year contract with Barca and that he would not occupy one of the club's three berths for non-European players as he was on the verge of obtaining a Spanish citizenship. 

If the deal goes through, Silvinho will be the fifth new player to join the Catalans since the end of last season. 

Earlier this week they signed Portugal playmaker Deco. They have also recruited Sweden striker Henrik Larsson, French midfielder Ludovic Giuly and Brazilian defender Juliano Belletti. – Reuters 

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