Barcelona have agreed a deal to sign Dutch international midfielder Edgar Davids on loan from Juventus until the end of the season.

The 30-year-old Davids will join Barcelona for the remainder of the campaign, after which the Catalan club will have a “preferential” option to make the move more permanent.

The deal was subject to the player undergoing a medical on Monday and the official confirmation of the transfer from Juventus, who gave Barcelona the green light to negotiate with the player after a meeting in Turin on Friday.

Barcelona’s director of football Txiki Begiristain said: “It’s all down to when the transfer goes through but he could play in the Cup this week.

“We’re very happy with the deal. Davids can help us in a lot of ways,” he added.

Davids will join a large Dutch contingent at Barcelona, who already have Philip Cocu, Michael Reiziger, Patrick Kluivert, Marc Overmars and Giovanni van Bronckhorst on their playing staff, as well as coach Frank Rijkaard and his assistant Henk ten Cate.

Barcelona beat Real Zaragoza 3-0 on Sunday but remain in seventh place in the table, 16 points behind leaders Valencia and with no realistic chance of challenging for the title.