Atletico Madrid academy graduate Andres Solano has completed a loan move to Barcelona, with an option to make the deal permanent.
Barcelona have sealed a signing late on in the transfer window from La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid. Andres Solano will be joining the Catalan giants on a reported loan move, with an option present to make the deal permanent, according to the official announcement from the club.
Interestingly, Solano will be a part of the Barcelona B team and the not senior squad for the present moment and has already joined training with his new teammates.
Un nuevo colombiano al Barcelona. Andrés Solano, quien estaba en el Atlético de Madrid, pasó al equipo B del club catalán. pic.twitter.com/8mjjjeZ4Ix
— Balón Dividido (@BD_ESPN) October 2, 2020
The 22-year-old Colombian joined Atletico Madrid at the age of 16 and managed to break into the first-team before leaving at the age of 22. Solano made his senior debut at Atletico in a 1-0 defeat to Leganes at home. Solano is yet to breach the same barrier for Colombia, having managed seven appearances for the Under-23 team to date while featuring four times for Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Youth League.
The defender was a regular for the Atletico reserve team, with a total of 64 appearances for the side. The 22-year-old might be hopping into the B team for now but Barcelona might have a solution for the first-team as well in Solano.
📍Andrés Solano (22) 🇨🇴 el nuevo jugador del FC Barcelona 🅱️:
🛡️Atlético Madrid 🅱️
⬇️ TOTAL CÓMO PROFESIONAL
📊MINUTOS: 5.013 pic.twitter.com/nmlRP1OFDt
— Samuel Pardo (@SamuelPardoR17) October 3, 2020
The Catalans have been desperately searching for a proper right-back, with Sergi Roberto doing as well as he can in a makeshift role and Nelson Semedo not managing to impress enough to dislodge Roberto as the first-choice before departing for Premier League club Wolves this season.
Barcelona seem to be out of budget after having doled out the cash to sign Sergino Dest from Ajax. Ronald Koeman now has a natural right-back in Dest but would need backups in case Dest and Roberto both get injured or are unavailable for selection.
Solano though, will first have to prove himself at Barcelona B, wherein he already has competition for places at right-back. Sergi Rosanas has just been promoted from the Under-19 side and while he is injured right now, Solano will have to establish himself as the first-choice right-back in the B team to have any hopes of a permanent transfer or a potential promotion to the senior side.