Barcelona sign Valencia defender Jeison Murillo

Barcelona sign Valencia defender Jeison Murillo

Barcelona have signed Valencia defender Jeison Murillo on loan for the rest of the season, with the option to make it permanent for 25m euros (£22.6m).

The 26-year-old Colombia international joined Valencia on a permanent deal in the summer following a season-long loan spell from Inter Milan.

He joined Valencia on loan in 2017, making a permanent move in August for a reported 12 million euros, but has made only three appearances in all competitions this season.

However he has only played three times all season for Marcelino’s side – with his sole La Liga game in September.

Murillo moved from Colombia to Italy aged 18 to play for Udinese, later joining Spain’s Granada before moving to Inter Milan in 2015.

The defender has been capped 27 times for Colombia, but was not selected for the 2018 World Cup.

Murillo will be officially presented as a Barca player on Thursday, 27 December – and should be able to feature for them once the January transfer window opens.

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