Barcelona B to sign Genoa defender Diego Polenta?

Barcelona B to sign Genoa defender Diego Polenta?

Marti Perarnau, a blogger who is a mainstay contributor for Sport.es, has revealed on his blog that young Genoa defender Diego Polenta could be on his way to becoming Barcelona B’s 4th signing of the summer. Perarnau’s blogs and tweets can be followed here and here respectively. The original article can be found here. What follows is a translation of Perarnau’s article.

Diego Polenta, 19, central defender, born in Uruguay, left-footed, is being named as a possible new player for Barça B. He can also play as a left back, thanks to his excellent physical condition and great passing game. This signing would be the fourth for Barça B this season after Cristian Lobato, Kiko Femenía and Rodri (plus the return of Riverola and Cuenca who were on loan). Club sources are saying that he might be signed soon, from Genoa, where he has been playing for the past three years. The deal is supposed to be a loan, with a purchase option for Barça for  5.5 million euros, in case they are satisfied with his performance.

Barça B does not have any other left-footed centre back after the promotion of Andreu Fontàs to the first team. There are four centre backs left, all of them right-footed: Marc Bartra, Sergi Gómez, Oriol Rosell and Armando, the oldest one. As for left backs, there are three of them: Marc Muniesa, who is injured, Carles Planas and Cristian Lobato, who was signed from L’Hospitalet as a left wing and now plays as a left back. If Jonathan Dos Santos leaves Barça to join Espanyol (which has been mentioned by Sport), Rosell could be made to play that position if needed.

The signing of Polenta could address a crucial position in the left or the defense, especially at the centre. He has the classical fighting spirit of Uruguaian defenders, offering plenty of guarantees at the back. He’s tall and has impressive presence (1.85m and 75Kg), and is one of the best young players from Uruguay. He was the captain of Uruguay’s U-20 national team. His biggest virtues lie in his anticipation and his strength. He is fast and complete, even on the offensive side. However, he seems to be used to playing among lots of defenders, both in Uruguay and Genoa, but he seems to show ductility and willingness to learn. Also, he needs to work on his football as his touch is not similar to Barça’s defenders, but has strength, mentality and the personality to improve. His arrival could cover the absence of a strong central defender in the lower divisions, as neither Bartra nor Sergi Gómez or Rosell have that profile. Most of La Masia’s central defenders are more similar to Puyol and Piqué.

It has been quoted that sources in Genoa have denied any reports of Polenta’s move to Barcelona B. As always, totalBarça will keep our readers updated as this story develops further.

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