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Jonathan Soriano / FOTO: ARXIU FCB

FC Barcelona can announce that an agreement in principle has been reached with FC Red Bull Salzburg, and the player has been given permission to fly to Austria today for a medical examination and talks to finalise the deal.

Surprise signing and first team debut

Jonathan Soriano joined FC Barcelona in July 2009 as a free agent after his contract with Espanyol came to an end. A few months after joining Barça B, he made his first team debut in the Copa del Rey against Cultural Leonesa. In his first year, his goals helped Luis Enrique's side win promotion to Division 2A.

Top scorer

He had a magnificent 2010/2011 season. Barça B finished in their highest ever position, fourth, and Soriano was top scorer in the division with 32 goals.

In 2011/2012, Pep Guardiola took him on the preseason tour with the first team, but a knee injury in Munich meant he missed the rest of the trip and the first few months of the league campaign.

But despite that lack of match practice, Jonathan Soriano was soon back scoring for the team, now coached by Eusebio Sacristán, and he was on target five times in ten games. Half a goal a game is not a bad rate for a player that had been sidelined for so long, showing he had lost none of his magic touch.

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