Barcelona have completed the signing of Brazilian wonderkid Vitinho, who moves to Camp Nou from Palmeiras on a one-year loan deal.
Barcelona have made an official statement to confirm that they have signed 19-year-old attacking midfielder Vitinho from Palmeiras on a one-year loan deal, with an option to make the move permanent next summer. The Brazilian wonderkid will play for Barcelona B next season.
Vitinho is regarded as one of the most promising young talents in Brazil today, and has been touted for a bright future. The player has made rapid strides at Palmeiras thus far, having rapidly progressed through the ranks at the Brazilian club before making his senior debut at the nascent age of 18.
An attacking midfielder who can play on the right side of attack as well, Vitinho has impressed with his direct style of play complete with superb dribbling abilities and pacy outlet. However, upon his graduation to the first-team setup at Palmeiras, he struggled to carve out a regular place for himself.
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In fact, the 19-year-old has made just eight senior appearances for Palmeiras, and was quickly relegated to the bench after the club chose to invest heavily in the market following the sale of Gabriel Jesus to Manchester City.
Nvertheless, Vitinho has been impressive enough to capture the attention of one of the biggest clubs in the world – Barcelona. And the player has now followed the Manchester City star’s footsteps to leave Palmeiras to make the move to Europe.
Barcelona had, in fact, been monitoring the teenager’s progress for a long time now and have now struck a deal with Palmeiras to complete the player’s loan move. The Brazilian club were also willing to let one of their most exciting young prospects leave as they would like to see him continue his development by playing regular football.
Vitinho has, thus, signed a year-long loan deal with Barcelona, with the Catalan club having the option to make the move a permanent one next summer, just like they did with Marlon’s acquisition recently.
The 19-year-old will continue his development under Gerard Lopez at Barcelona B next season, although he is set to join the senior squad in their pre-season tour to the USA alongside five of his new reserve side teammates.
It now remains to be seen if Vitinho is able to continue his impressive development at Barcelona next season to earn a permanent move to Camp Nou in 2018.