Barcelona have chosen Jeison Murillo, a discard of Marcelino in Mestalla, to reinforce the central plot of defense, limping after the injuries of Vermaelen and Umtiti. Ernesto Valverde has decided for the center, 26 years old and native of Barranquilla (Colombia), after ruling out other more expensive and inexperienced options in the Spanish league. The Barca club admits that Murillo is their priority for this winter market, but points out that the negotiations are still open.
Mateu Alemany, general manager of Valencia, received the interest of Barcelona on Tuesday and activated an operation that the club of Mestalla had planned in January to enter a money to face the signings of winter at the tip of attack that has requested Marcelino. Alemany has asked for two million euros for the assignment and, in addition, the full payment of the record of the Colombian or a percentage higher than half of the salary. The operation will close around those terms. The Barça has not proposed a transfer, but only the loan of the soccer player. Rocco Dozzini, defense agent, traveled to Valencia on Tuesday to close all documentation with the two clubs.
Jeison Murillo, the Colombian center-back who had fallen out of favor since mid-season last season, had been marked by Marcelino as dispensable as previously were other players such as Orellana, Nacho Vidal and, the most striking case, Simone Zaza. The technician, a part of the tier of Mestalla has not forgiven him forcing out the Italian striker, a gladiator who fit like a glove on the team and today does not work in the Torino.
141 million since 2010
The departure of Murillo responds to a conflict with Marcelino that neither side admits, as happened with the temperamental Zaza. "The relationship between coach and player is broken," admitted a senior Valencia manager on Monday with resignation. Murillo, surprisingly, was in the market for weeks after the Valencia last summer executed the purchase option of 13 million euros signed with Inter Milan. Marcelino did not want him in Paterna after the Christmas holidays. Once again the opinion of the technician, general manager in the shade, was imposed on the opinion of the rest of the executives.
Murillo participated regularly in the usual policy of rotations of Marcelino during the first section of last season, alternating in the eleven with Gabriel Paulista and Garay. A hernia in the groin, which forced him to go through the operating room twice, separated him from the team for three months. Upon his return, Marcelino edged him and then there was a clash with the technician who has not transcended. Although he barely played at the end of the year, Mateu Alemany decided to buy it in the summer, hoping that his relationship with Marcelino would improve.
This season has been relegated to the status of fifth central staff after Garay, Gabriel, Diakhaby and Vezo. His mistakes against Celta and Juventus at the start of the season, caused by his lack of minutes and his loss of confidence, have not helped him either. The Colombian has only played three games this season, both mentioned and the first Cup match against the Ebro.
The Colombian, who was absent from the World Cup in Russia, has recently regained internationality. Yesterday he went to Paterna but did not train with the group so there would not be any mishap before his departure. At the end of the session, the player said goodbye to his teammates, assuming his exit.
The Barça thus recover a very fluid commercial relationship with Valencia in recent years. Since 2010, the Catalan club has spent 141 million euros on Valencia players: 40 for David Villa that year, 14 for Jordi Alba in 2012, 20 for Mathieu in 2014 and 37 for André Gomes and 30 for Paco Alcácer in 2016. them, only Alba is still in the Camp Nou today. Villa went to Atlético for two million, Mathieu left for free at Sporting Lisbon, Gomes is on loan at Everton and Borussia has made an option to buy 23 million for Alcácer.