Barcelona have signed Aleix Vidal from fellow La Liga outfit Sevilla for a fee of £16m. The Catalan club are currently under a transfer embargo after failing to comply with FIFA’s rules on the acquisition of under-18 players.
Despite the ban Barcelona have managed to sign seven players this season including Luis Suarez, Thomas Vermaelen, Claudio Bravo and Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
The deals were done whilst Barcelona were appealing the decision. The ban was later upheld.
New signing Vidal will not be available for selection until January 2016 and is set to replace the departing Dani Alves at right-back.
The new Barcelona full-back has signed a five-year deal that will keep him in Spain till at-least 2020.
The 25-year-old - who has played for both Barcelona and Real Madrid at youth-level - has spoken in regard to not being able to play competitive football for the club for over seven months but says it won’t be a problem for him.
Vidal not concerned by FIFA ban
He was quoted by Spanish newspaper AS as saying: “When they told me I could do well, for me it was not a problem to come and be four months without playing, things that I have to improve on I can work on during that time, it was a very clear decision."
“Because I am physical and have pace I will suffer less, I will prepare for when I can play. But more importantly for was me to be here and grow here. It's a shame, the sanction but I can play in unofficial preseason games.”
Vidal has played over 30 times in the league for his former side Seville and scored four goals in the process. He is sure to enjoy returning to his home town of Barcelona to continue his footballing career.
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