With Umtiti in the back room for a knee injury that has no expiration date, no matter how hard the player already starts to touch the ball, and with the certainty that Vermaelen is the most fragile in the muscle, the Barca decided to go to the market to sign another emergency center. Fed up with being brought in by players he did not have (such as Yerry Mina or Malcom), Ernesto Valverde requested a center that knew LaLiga, which could perform immediately. "When it was proposed to Murillo, he did not hesitate to accept", reveal from the offices of the sports city of Barca. Jeison Murillo was a player of Valencia -and still is because he came to the Camp Nou as a loan-, a player discarded by Marcelino because Gabriel Paulista and Garay fulfilled, helped promptly by Diakhaby.
"If it had been owned or cost 100 million, we could not have brought Murillo", were justified from the sports area of Barcelona, knowing that it was a patch that would be replaced the following year by Frenchman Jean-Clair Todibo (French Guiana, 19 years old). But Toulouse took it badly to lose his young pearl and decided to separate him from the team, so Barca accelerated the process before the end of the winter market. "Todibo comes now because we have to protect our players and the situation he had at Toulouse was important," agreed Éric Abidal, Barça's technical secretary. Although he clarified: "He is a talented player and that is why sometimes you have to risk a little. But he has just arrived, he does not know the country, LaLiga or the club. " So it's supposed to play very little. Valverde spoke about it: "Todibo has a future perspective and was not expected to come now. But given the conditions that were in his club, it is brought to him so that he knows the teammates and the way of playing ". Thus, the club, which precisely this Saturday receives Valencia (beIn LaLiga, 18.30), has gone from three central to five, in addition to Umtiti.
The dance of the defenders has also occurred in the Valencia, who not only ceded Murillo to Barcelona but also closed the Vezo al Levante loan. Thus, of five power stations that they had – what caused that Murillo did not count for the trainer -, the set of Marcelino remained with three.
For what also entered the rush before the winter window of signings was closed, and acquired on the horn the cession of Roncaglia, who hardly played in Celta. A necessary arrival, at least for this duel against Barcelona, since Garay and Gabriel Paulista were among cottons after a clash between them in a training this week: the first spent one night in the hospital under observation; and the second has five stitches in the eyebrow. The two, however, exercised yesterday and may be for the Camp Nou, although not the sanctioned Diakhaby. Roncaglia, then, asks for a turn. Because in this game, after the dance of backers, by center will not be.
Barça closed yesterday the sale of the tip Paco Alcácer to Borussia Dortmund, who executed the purchase option for 23 million. The azulgrana club will get 5% of the surplus value of a future sale of the striker by Dortmund to a third team.