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Two years after Tottenham decided against Jeison Murillo, Barcelona take advantage

In the summer of 2016, Tottenham turned down the chance to sign Jeison Murillo from Inter Milan for £20 million, according to Corriere dello Sport. Now, he has put pen to paper to become a Barcelona player.

The Colombian defender impressed at the Copa America and the Italian side were keen to get rid, but Murillo instead moved to Valencia, who he has now left on loan to head to the Camp Nou.

With Tottenham’s defence looking thinner on the ground than ever before with uncertainty surrounding Toby Alderweireld and injury hitting other regulars, it looks like their recent Champions League opponents have made a wise investment.

VALENCIA, SPAIN – NOVEMBER 03: Jeison Murillo, defender of Valencia CF looks during the La Liga match between Valencia CF and Girona FC at Mestalla stadium on November 03, 2018 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Sanchez Martinez/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The 26-year-old has 27 caps for Colombia and was hugely impressive for the La Liga side last season but has now moved on having barely featured this campaign.

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Given that Tottenham decided against a move two years ago, it could be said that Daniel Levy instead saved his money and acquired Juan Foyth and Davinson Sanchez, opting to invest in youth instead.

Even with that said, Mauricio Pochettino may feel that having a player good enough for Barcelona could be just what he needs in his backline as pressure mounts and Spurs are expected to launch a title challenge.

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