Wigan have confirmed the signing of Paraguay defender Antolin Alcaraz
from Belgian side Club Brugge for an undisclosed fee.
Antolin Alcaraz has played for Club Brugge since 2007
Alcaraz, 27, has been a virtual ever-present for the Belgian club,
making almost 70 league and 16 European appearances since joining from
Italian side SC Beira Mar in 2007.
Alcaraz, who has been selected
for Paraguay’s initial World Cup squad, started his career in South
America with Racing Club in Argentina before joining Fiorentina. He
moved on to Beira Mar and then Brugge, who came second in the Belgian
League behind Anderlecht this season.
The fee is undisclosed and
Wigan boss Robert Martinez told the club’s official website: "We are
thrilled to have been able to capture a player of calibre of Antolin. I
think everyone will realise what a quality player he is when we see him
at the World Cup for Paraguay.
"He is a highly versatile defender
with great awareness and distribution and has great pride in keeping
clean sheets. He is entering the best period of his career and is
looking forward to adding to his international and European experience,
as well as playing for his country in the World Cup.”