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Mathieu to bolster Barca

VALENCIA'S French defenderJeremy Mathieu will join Barcelona for a fee of €20m.

"Mathieu will sign a contract with FC Barcelona for the next four seasons plus a further optional," Barca said. "The cost of the transfer is €20m and the buy-out clause will be €50m."

The 30-year-old Mathieu will bolster the centre of Barcelona's defence after they missed out on any major trophies last season and their porous backline was a significant factor.

The Frenchman, who can also play at left back, continues the restructuring of the squad under new coach Luis Enrique.

Striker Luis Suarez, midfielder Ivan Rakitic and keepers Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Claudio Bravo have also been signed.

Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez have left for Chelsea and Arsenal respectively.

Meanwhile, Algeria's Yacine Brahimi, who helped them reach the second round at the World Cup, has joined Porto from Granada in a €6.5m deal.