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Perotti: I can see Fazio at Barca

by Heath Chesters | Posted on Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Argentine winger Diego Perotti, who last week left Sevilla on loan for Boca Juniors, believes that if Barcelona are still in the hunt for a central defender, they should look no further than Federico Fazio.

Fazio & Iniesta

Plenty of names have been speculated, rumoured and debated, amidst signals that Barcelona have been planning defensive reinforcements, over several months now.

Weighing into those debates now though, is Sevilla winger Diego Perotti, who jetted off to Argentina to join Boca Juniors on a loan deal for the rest of the season. Speaking with Desmarque Radio, he believes that his fellow countryman Federico Fazio, would be an ideal candidate.

“I can see him at Barcelona. Federico is going to be one of the best central defenders in Europe.”

High praise indeed, but it’s height as well as subtlety in the playing style of Fazio that makes him suited to what Barcelona are looking for, says Perotti.

“With his height and his way of playing he will be the best around, he doesn’t lack anything to be a starter at Barcelona. He has an abundance of quality to be a starter there and if the option came about for him, I would back it 100%.”

Height is something that many commentators believe that Barca have lacked for a few seasons in the heart of their defence, particularly at times when they’re prone to weakness at times, defending set-pieces.

At 6’5″ (1.95m), Fazio is one of the tallest players in La Liga. At 26-years-old, at times he’s been hit and miss during his progress at Sevilla, but in recent seasons, his form and solidity have made him more of a permanent fixture in the heart of their defence. Whether he could indeed make the step to Barcelona however, is very much open to debate.

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