Barca close on Pinto

Image: Pinto: Set to sign

Barcelona are on the verge of signing goalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto from Celta Vigo.

Celta keeper set to sign

Barcelona are on the verge of signing goalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto from Celta Vigo. Victor Valdes is firmly established as Barca's number one but his understudy Albert Jorquera is set to miss the rest of the season through injury. Jorquera ruptured ankle ligaments in a friendly match last month and Barca are desperate to bring in cover. The experienced Pinto has been identified as Barca's top target and sporting director Txiki Begiristain is hopeful that a deal will be pushed through. However, he accepts that there are still a few minor details that need to be agreed with Celta. "We hope to reach a total agreement with Celta," Begiristain told the Spanish presss. "The negotiations are very advanced but we are still talking and therefore anything is still possible."

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