Barcelona: Spanish giants Barcelona said Wednesday they have bought 30-year-old French defender Jeremy Mathieu from Valencia for 20 million euros ($27 million).
Barcelona have been seeking to bolster their defence since Carlos Puyol ended his career. (Also read: Suarez mobbed by fans in Barcelona)
Though he is not an established French international, Mathieu is recognised as a powerful operator at left back and in central defence. Barcelona called him a "physically imposing defender".