Barcelona set to seal loan deal for Valencia defender

Valencia centre-back Jeison Murillo is on the verge of joining Barcelona on loan until the end of the season.

The Colombian international, 26, made a trip to the Catalan capital today to seal a move to the Blaugrana, who will pay a 2m-euro credit charge and will have the option to make the deal permanent for 25m euros in the summer.

Barcelona jump at chance to add Murillo to defensive options

Talks among Valencia and Barça were finished up in the course of recent days, with the chance to sign Murillo one that the LaLiga champions have jumped at as they seek to ease head coach Ernesto Valverde’s selection worries in defence.

With Samuel Umtiti suffering from knee problems this season and Thomas Vermaelen a player who remains dogged by injuries, Barcelona were in genuine risk of being left short at the back as the battle heads into its business end.

Club chiefs do not feel that Barça B players such as Chumi, Óscar Mingueza or Jorge Cuenca are ready for regular first-team duty, and view Murillo as a perfect market opportunity.

Displays will decide whether Camp Nou stay extended

The entry of Murillo will permit Valverde to rest Gerard Piqué and, if Umtiti and Vermaelen keep on being vexed by injury, give the Barça boss a player who can provide Clément Lenglet with competition.

Murillo’s exhibitions among now and the finish of the season will determine whether or not the Catalans opt to extend his stay at the Camp Nou.

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