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As Barcelona contemplate to sign a much-needed centreback, El Loco suggests that the Catalan Giants pull in the services of Newell Old Boys' Santiago Vergini

HOLA!

Congratulation to Argentine Gerardo 'Tata' Martino for his appointment as the new Barcelona Manager.

The 50-year-old is the replacement for Tito Vilanova, who was forced to step down last week to continue his recovery from a cancer relapse.

Martino, who handled Newell's Old Boys before this, knows it is always tough to chart the fortunes of a club as big as Barca.

The pressure is intense, for example.

Rosario-born Martino arrived in Barcelona from Buenos Aires on Thursday. And he knows his immediate task is to get a quality centreback to strengthen the Catalans' persistent leaky defence.

Barca's chances of securing the signature of Brazil international Thiago Silva, rated as one of the best in the world now, are not good.

In fact, almost impossible now.

Thiago, also known as the 'Monster', has repeatedly stressed he would not leave Paris Saint-Germain for Barca.

So just forget about this 'Monster'.

Time is running out fast for Barca as this transfer window closes on September 2.  There is an urgency now.

So it is good for Barca fans to know Martino's priority is to get a solid and no-nonsense centreback as soon as possible.

Never mind if it is for a 'short-term' objective. Just get another 'monster'.

Reports suggest Martino could bring one of his former players Santiago Vergini with him for this purpose.

Argentine Vergini played for Newell’s last season and has one cap with Argentina.

The 24-year-old was not in Barca's plans earlier, obviously.

The encouraging factor is that Martino rates Vergini highly and would like to bring him to the Nou Camp.

Martino, also a former Paraguay national coach, should know better as Vergini played under him before.

According to reports from Argentina, Inter Milan's Walter Samuel is on Martino's mind, as well.

Samuel is already 35 though. The Argentine is no more the kind of centreback he used to be and may be injury prone.

Thus the big risk if Barca sign him.

It is surely a better bet if Barca secured Vergini's services.

Vergini  is 1.90m (6ft 3in) tall. This asset alone should help Barca in a big way in aerial ball tussles besides his defensive qualities.

So Barca, just go for Vergini.

Midfield maestro Andres Iniesta, meanwhile, welcomed Martino as the new boss.

"Whatever the club decide is the best for Barca. I think he will fit in with our model," Iniesta said.

"It's a good decision. I know him from the match in the World Cup in South Africa [in 2010]. He seems to be a good coach.

"The club wouldn't have gone for a coach who doesn't fit in as they have clear ideas about that they want."

With that said, I just can't wait for the Barca's match against Malaysia on August 10 at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

Adios!

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