Adriano joins Barcelona
Barcelona have completed the signing of Brazilian wing-back Adriano. The left-sided player, who can play at full-back or in midfield, today signed a four-year contract, with the option of a further season, as he completed his move from Sevilla.
Adriano, capped eight times by Brazil, signed the contract with Barca president Sandro Rosell at lunchtime on Saturday and will be officially presented at the Nou Camp on Monday. Barca announced a 90-million euro release clause has been written into the contract of Adriano, who is thought to have cost the Spanish champions 9.5-million euros from Sevilla, with a possible 4-million euros due on top in performance-related payments.
Adriano is the second new addition to Pep Guardiola's squad following the arrival of Spain striker David Villa from Valencia. He is the third player to have moved from Sevilla to Barcelona in recent times, with Dani Alves and Seydou Keita also having made the switch from Andalusia to Catalonia since the arrival of Guardiola as coach at the Nou Camp in 2008.
Adriano won six trophies during his time at Sevilla, including two UEFA Cups and two Copas del Rey. Adriano is likely to compete for the left-back position with Eric Abidal and Maxwell, as well as providing cover in central defence and midfield following the recent departures of Dmytro Chygrynskiy and Yaya Toure.