Rodrigo Caio had Barca medical before Murillo signing

Rodrigo Caio had Barca medical before Murillo signing

Rodrigo Caio had Barca medical before Murillo signing

With Samuel Umtiti still recovering from injury and Thomas Vermaelen expected to be out until January, Barca have moved quickly to reinforce their defence heading into the second half of the season.

The Colombia global, who performed kick-ups in the changing room, has been allocated the No 17 shirt at the Nou Camp, with Barcelona having the option to purchase him permanently for €25million (£22.6m) at the end of the loan. I had passed the medical, but when I cam out, they'd done the deal for Murillo. God opened the biggest door there is for me in football, it's a dream come true. I worked for this since I was little.

"Just knowing there is interest from them leaves me happy".

Barca have been linked with a move for Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld of late as well, so their move for Murillo offers a boost to Mauricio Pochettino's hopes of keeping him in north London.

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"I am very close to Yerry, he obviously recommended some things to me", said Murillo.

"I feel calm waiting for an opportunity and one day I want to play in Europe".

Caio was disappointed that the deal did not go through, as he has expressed in an interview with Brazilian outlet Globoesporte.

At the Colombian's presentation yesterday, Abidal admitted: "He (Caio) was on the list, but in the end, we chose to position ourselves for Murillo". "It's a sign that they're following me and know my potential".

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