Barcelona snatch nomadic Valencia defender to alter defensive woes

Barcelona have agreed a deal to sign defender Jeison Murillo on loan from Valencia.

The centre-back will initially join the club on a short-term deal at the start of the January transfer window, with Barca holding the option to buy the defender for €25 million (£22.6m/$28.7m) at the end of the campaign.

Murillo has endured something of a nomadic career thus far, with Barcelona set to become his eighth club, either permanent or short-term.

He spent the 2017-18 season on loan at Valencia from Inter before the Spanish club made the move permanent, but he has played just once thus far this season.

Murillo will now help to plug a hole in Barca’s defence, with French centre-back Samuel Umtiti and Belgian stopper Thomas Vermaelen both struggling with injuries.

Vermaelen will be out for around a month, while Umtiti’s return date is currently unknown.