In a surprising move, FC Barcelona have paid out 20 million euro for the transfer of Jérémy Mathieu on a four-year contract.
He becomes the most expensive defender over the age of 30 in transfer history.
But the 30-year-old’s move from Valencia has raised certain doubts. Former Barca defender Rafael Marquez was quoted as saying he doesn’t have “the profile to play for Barcelona and even less so for this price”.
What’s more Barca have put a 50-million euro release clause on the defender, who is the club’s fifth new recruit of the summer.