La Liga: Barcelona sign Colombian defender Jeison Murillo on six-month loan from Valencia

Barcelona have signed defender Jeison Murillo on a six-month loan from fellow La Liga side Valencia, the Spanish champions said on Thursday.

"FC Barcelona and Valencia CF have reached an agreement for the transfer of Jeison Murillo for the remainder of the 2018/19 season. The agreement includes a purchase option worth 25 million euros," Barcelona said in a statement.

Valencia's Colombian defender Jeison Murillo juggles with a ball during a training session on the eve of the UEFA Champions League group H football match Juventus vs Valencia on November 26, 2018 in Turin. (Photo by Marco BERTORELLO / AFP)

File image of Jeison Murillo. AFP/Marco Bertorello

Barcelona's defence has been left short due to France centre-back Samuel Umtiti needing treatment on his knee and Thomas Vermaelen, whose Nou Camp career has been blighted by injury, being ruled out for at least a month with a calf problem.

Murillo, 26, moved from Colombia to Italy aged 18 to play for Udinese, later joining Spain's Granada before moving to Inter Milan in 2015.

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.

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

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Updated Date: Dec 21, 2018 08:57:17 IST

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