Barca swoop for Mario
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Catalan giants have negotiated an option to buy the 21-year-old defender should he impress this term.
Mario, an Atletico Madrid youth product, has spent the last two seasons at Valladolid and has carved out a reputation as a consistently solid performer.
The centre back was a virtual ever-present for Valladolid last term, making a total of 34 league appearances.
The young stopper, full name Pedro Mario Alvarez Arrante, becomes Barca's second defensive reinforcement of the summer, joining Mexican Rafael Marquez at Camp Nou.
(Photo courtesy of official Real Valladolid website)