Barcelona to pay €20m for Jeremy Mathieu
Barcelona manager, Luis Enrique will reportedly raise their opening €15 million bid to Valencia’s €20 million asking price in order to secure the services of French centre-back, Jeremy Mathieu.
According to Spanish sports daily, AS, Barcelona have finally agreed to pay Valencia’s asking price, as club president Amadeo Salvo has refused to accept Barca’s €15 million offer, despite the 30-year-old’s public plea last week.
Mathieu, following his public transfer request, then refused to play in this weekend’s friendly in Germany and stated that he would continue to do so as he doesn’t want to risk injury ahead of a possible trasfer “to the biggest club in the world.”
The signing of Mathieu will secure a position the club has been attempting to fulfill for the past two seasons, providing height and skill to the centre-back position.
Valencia and Barcelona are working to finalise the deal before Los Che leave for their South American pre-season tour on Friday.