Depor clinch third Barca raid
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Deportivo have moved quickly to conclude a deal for Barcelona youngster Joan Verdu.
Deportivo La Coruna have moved quickly to conclude a deal for Barcelona youngster Joan Verdu.
The 23-year-old midfielder becomes the third player to leave Barca for Depor this summer, joining Rodri and Cristian Hidalgo at The Riazor, and is Depor's 11th signing of the close season.
He arrives as a direct replacement for Juan Carlos Valeron who is facing four months on the sidelines after sustaining a knee ligament injury in a pre-season friendly with Benfica.
Depor have paid é¼600.000 (£400,000) to clinch Verdu's signature, although the Catalans have inserted a clause into the transfer that gives them the option to re-sign him in 2007 should he impress at Depor.
The youngster - who has signed a three-year deal - is thrilled by the opportunity to prove himself with the Galicians having found first-team opportunities hard to come by at Camp Nou.
"I expect to work as hard as possible to achieve the objectives the club have set," he stated.
"I want to demonstrate many things and this is the best team in which to do that."
Depor president Augusto Cesar Lendoiro spoke of his delight at the deal, adding: "We think he is going to be a very important player for Deportivo in years to come, not just the three for which he has signed.
"He is a signing who fits well into the squad and should be a very interesting player."