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Thursday, January 17, 2008
Barcelona agree loan deal for Celta keeper Pinto

MADRID, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Barcelona have agreed a deal to sign goalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto on loan from second division Celta Vigo until the end of the season, the Primera Liga side said on Thursday.

Barca said the deal, which will cost the club €500,000 and which includes an option to buy the player, would be completed on Friday after the keeper undergoes a medical.

The 32-year-old has been signed to provide cover for first choice Victor Valdes after reserve keeper Albert Jorquera sustained a serious knee injury while playing for a Catalan selection team during the Christmas break.

Pinto, who joined Celta in 1999 from Real Betis, has made 126 appearances in the top flight and has experience of playing in the Champions League and UEFA Cup.

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