January 31, 2020 / 12:24 PM / 17 days ago

Barca sign Portuguese Trincao, Brazilian Fernandes

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Europa League - Group K - Slovan Bratislava v S.C. Braga- Tehelne Pole Stadium, Bratislava, Slovakia - December 12, 2019 S.C. Braga's Francisco Trincao scores their second goal REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa/File Photo

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona have snapped up Portuguese forward Francisco Trincao from Braga for 31 million euros (26 million pounds), the Spanish champions said in a statement on Friday.

The club also announced the signing of 21-year-old Brazilian midfielder Matheus Fernandes from Palmeiras for a fee of seven million euros, which could reach 10 million with add-ons.

Trincao, 20, will join on July 1 and sign a contract until June 2025 containing a release clause of 500 million euros.

The forward made his top-flight debut for Braga last season and has made four league starts this campaign, scoring twice.

Defensive midfielder Fernandes, who has been capped at Under-17 and Under-20 level, will also join Barca on July 1 on a five-year deal, with a release clause of 300 million euros.

Reporting by Richard Martin, additional reporting by Philip O'Connor; Editing by Toby Davis and Ken Ferris

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