Barcelona defender Andreu Fontas joins Real Mallorca on loan for season

Andreu Fontas: Barcelona defender to spend the season on loan with Real Mallorca

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Barcelona defender Andreu Fontas has joined Real Mallorca on loan after the Balearic outfit were given permission to make an emergency signing.

The Catalan defender will undergo a medical at Son Moix before penning a deal that will see him stay at the club until the end of the current campaign.

A statement on Barca's official website confirmed: "[Fontas] has been given permission by the club to travel this morning to Palma de Mallorca for a medical check-up ahead of his loan to RCD Mallorca until the end of the season."

Mallorca were allowed to add an extra player to their ranks after an injury to Joao Victor left them with four players sidelined with long-term problems.

Javi Marquez, Antonio Lopez and Nunes were already on the treatment table for between three and five months and the league sympathised with their plight.

Fontas has made eight first-team appearances for Barcelona and was keen to gain some much-needed top-flight experience.

After joining the Blaugrana from Girona in 2007, the 22-year-old rose through the ranks and has made 72 appearances for the club's B team while also representing Spain at Under 19, 20 and 21 level.