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PHOTO: ÀLEX CAPARRÓS - FCB

Agostinho Cá and Edgar Ié are officially Barça B players. On Wednesday, FC Barcelona announced that an agreement had been reached with Sporting Clube Portugal for the two players, and this Friday both the Portuguese men passed their medicals and signed their new contracts.

The youngsters made their first stop of the day at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper’s medical facilities, where they underwent the required tests. Following the medical examinations, both Cá and Ié signed four-year deals that will keep them at the Club through the 2015-16 season. The youngsters were accompanied by the Club’s vice-president of professional football, Josep Maria Bartomeu, director responsible for Barça B, Juvenil A (U18) and youth football, Jordi Mestre, and Narcís Julià, the Club’s professional football coordinator.

Both and - who is using crutches to get around as he recovers from the fracture to his fifth metatarsal in his left foot - will have a buy-out clause of 12 million euros as long as they’re reserve-side players, the buy-out clause will jump to 30 million if they are promoted to the first team.

First impressions

After signing their contracts, they were interviewed by Barça TV. For Ié, who defines himself an “aggressive” player with a lot of “speed,” being part of FC Barcelona “is an honour and a dream come true.” Cá said that he’s “happy to be, without a doubt, in the world’s best team.” When asked what qualities he’ll bring to his new team, Cá highlighted “areal play, passing, and the ability to win back possession.”

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