Barcelona have secured the signing of Canadian youngster Ballou Tabla from Montreal Impact on an initial three-year deal.
Ballou is said to have been tracked by Barça for several months after establishing himself as an emerging talent in Major League Soccer.
Montreal Impact's youngest ever player
The 18-year-old made 21 appearances in MLS last year, becoming the youngest player in Montreal's history and doing enough to catch the eye of Barça.
📝🔵🔴 BREAKING NEWS - Agreement with @impactmontreal for transfer of Ballou Jean-Yves. 18-year-old attacking midfielder joins Barça B from the MLS club on a three-year deal with an option to two more https://t.co/7ENiTs7Kea #BarçaB #BeWelcome pic.twitter.com/HwSSfYGvn6— FC Barcelona B (@FCBarcelonaB) 25 January 2018
A right midfielder by trade, Ballou will join Barça's 'B' team in Spain's second tier, with the side occupying the final relegation spot in the table after 23 matches.
The Ivory Coast-born Canada Under-20 international has signed on for an initial three years with the option of another two.
25-million-euro release clause
His release clause is set at 25 million euros, but that will be increased to 75m should Barca take up the option of the two-year extension.