Barca's Fontas set for Mallorca loan

October 15, 2012
By Dermot Corrigan, Spain Correspondent

Barcelona centre-half Andreu Fontas will join Real Mallorca on loan until the end of the season if he passes a medical on Monday.

Andreu Fontas (L) celebrates after opening the scoring for Barcelona against Rubin Kazan
AssociatedFontas (left) during a rare first-team outing

A statement on Barca's official website said the two La Liga clubs had reached agreement on the move.

"The player Andreu Fontas, with the permission of the club, travels this morning to Palma de Mallorca to pass a medical examination before signing on loan for RCD Mallorca until the end of this season," it said.

"The defender, who turns 23 on November 14th, has not played yet this season for Barcelona in an official game."

Fontas made six appearances for Barcelona's senior side in 2010-11 but only one last season after the club's former coach Josep Guardiola appeared to lose faith in him after a 2-2 draw at Real Sociedad in September.

He was reportedly offered on loan to Netherlands side Ajax last summer but opted to stay and fight for his place.

Current Barca boss Tito Vilanova seems to share his predecessor's doubts, with Fontas remaining on the sidelines even when first-choice centre-halves Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique have been out this season.

Another youngster Marc Bartra, 21, appeared to be ahead of Fontas in the pecking order, but Vilanova has chosen to play Alex Song and Adriano Correia out of position at the back in recent games.