Barcelona add Fabio Blanco to youth movement as 2nd January signing confirmed

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Barcelona add Fabio Blanco to youth movement as 2nd January signing confirmed

Fabio Blanco added to the young core at the Camp Nou

Spanish giants Barcelona have completed a deal for 17-year-old Spanish youth international Fabio Blanco from Bundesliga outfit Eintracht Frankfurt.

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Via the club’s official website, Barcelona completed a deal that will see the youngster added to Barça B on an initial contract that runs until 2024 with the club also inserting a €100million buy-out clause.

“I am very proud to be part of this great club.”

An out-and-out right-sided player, Blanco failed to break into the first-team setup at Deutsche Bank Park under Oliver Glasner this season after arriving at the club in the summer.

Blanco came through the youth ranks at Valencia with considerable praise and bags of potential, but his move to Germany netted the Almería-born forward nine appearances in the U19 set up where he scored two goals (a brace against Freiburg) while adding an assist (against SSV Ulm).

Project youth in Catalonia

The completed deal for Fabio Blanco sees Barcelona continue their youthful rebirth in the Catalan capital under new manager and former midfielder Xavi.

Youth FC in Catalonia; Barcelona secure 2nd signing of January transfer window

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 15: (BILD OUT) head coach Pep Guardiola of Manchester City and Ferran Torres of Manchester City gestures during the UEFA Champions League group A match between Manchester City and RB Leipzig at Etihad Stadium on September 15, 2021 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Vincent Mignott/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Barca already boasts fifteen players under the age of 22 in the first team this season after the completed deal for Spanish starlet Ferran Torres from Manchester City.

It is certainly conceivable that with the failure of Yusuf Demir to settle at the club after his loan move from Austrian outfit Rapid Wien and the possible move away by French international Ousmane Dembélé, Blanco could be in line to crack into the first team set up as early as the upcoming summer.

More importantly for Barcelona supporters, is the direction the club is championing under a former La Masia graduate in Xavi; a return to a long-term approach that was for so long a hallmark of the Blaugrana.

Now, with a young Spanish core comprised of Ferran Torres, Ansu Fati, Riqui Puig, Nico González, Pedri, Gavi, Álex Balde, Eric Garcia, Óscar Mingueza, and Iñaki Peña, the future is bright indeed.

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