Barcelona sign defender Mathieu from Valencia

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Barcelona have reached an agreement with Valencia to sign left-back Jeremy Mathieu for 20 million euros, the Catalan club have announced.

The Frenchman is set to sign a four-year deal at the Nou Camp and will provide competition for Jordi Alba on the left side of defence.

"FC Barcelona and Valencia CF have reached agreement for the transfer of the French player, Jeremy Mathieu," read a statement on www.fcbarcelona.com.

"Jeremy Mathieu will sign a contract with FC Barcelona for the next four seasons, plus an optional season more.

"The cost of the transfer is 20million euros (£15.8million) and the buyout clause will be 50million euros."