July 16, 2010

MADRID, (Reuters) -- Barcelona has agreed to sign Sevilla midfielder Adriano Correia for up to 13.5 million euros ($17.5 million), subject to medical checks, the La Liga champions said on Friday.

Adriano, 25, will arrive in the Catalan capital on Saturday. The versatile midfielder, who can also play at fullback, could make his Barca debut in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Aug. 14.

The initial fee will be 9.5 million euros, possibly rising to 13.5 million depending on the Brazilian's performance, Barca said on its Web site. The club indicated on Thursday that it had around 50 million euros to spend on strengthening a squad already boosted by the arrival of Spanish World Cup striker David Villa.

Barca is trying to persuade Arsenal to sell it Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas but has already seen a 35-million-euro approach rejected.

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