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Barcelona Unveil Loan Signing Jeison Murillo from Valencia

Christmas may only just be over, but Barcelona have already unveiled their first signing of the January transfer window in centre back Jeison Murillo.

The Colombian international arrives on loan from fellow La Liga side Valencia for the remainder of the season. The agreement includes a purchase option worth €25million (£22.6m).

Murillo will wear No 17, previously worn by Barcelona stars including Gaizka Mendieta, Mark Van Bommel and Pedro.

He was unveiled in full Barcelona kit on the Nou Camp pitch on Thursday morning, where he performed the traditional tricks and flicks, including a series of keepy-uppys.

Murillo then spoke in a press conference, where he indicated a desire to win trophies with Barca – showing he is keen to stay beyond the initial six month loan period.

He said: ‘I hope to bring my experience. It’s a dream come true. I know that there are great players in this team and what I have learned is they’re a great family too. From now on I will train with the best and I hope to win many titles here.’

Barca’s defence has been left short due tocentre 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 €12m, but has made only three appearances in all competitions this season.

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