La Liga transfer latest: Barca finally sign a defender, Atleti nearing Filipe Luis replacement

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After years and years of Barcelona fans hoping for a centre back to be signed, they've finally done it. Valencia's Jeremy Mathieu has joined Luis Enrique's side for a fee believed to be in the region of €20m, with the Frenchman signing a four-year-deal. He has big shoes to fill after Carles Puyol's retirement, but the 30-year-old is looking forward to playing for the Catalan giants.

"I’m very proud to come to Barcelona," said Mathieu. "The Club know how I play and I’m just coming to do my very best. Barça is the best Club in the World, and coming here is a great opportunity for me."

Their biggest rivals have also been busy in the transfer market, with Real Madrid making two big splashes with the signings of Germany international midfielder Toni Kroos from Bayern Munich, and Colombian playmaker James Rodriguez, who finished the World Cup as the tournament's top scorer. The two cost around £83m, but Carlo Ancelotti's side look set to spend again.

Having already landed two stars of the World Cup, Real are close to making it three with the signature of Levante goalkeeper Keylor Navas. The shot stopper was Costa Rica's star player on their road to the quarter finals, and AS believe that the 27-year-old will shortly move to the Bernabeu in a €10m deal - raising question marks over the future of both Diego Lopez and Iker Casillas.

Across the Spanish capital, Atletico Madrid continue to try and add players to their team having seen Thibaut Courtois, Filipe Luis and Diego Costa all head to Chelsea. Benfica's Jan Oblak, Granada's Guilherme Siquiera and Bayern Munich's Mario Mandzukic have all been brought in, but manager Diego Simeone is still looking for another left back to fill the void left by Luis, despite Siquiera's arrival. Reports suggest that personal terms have been agreed with Zenit St. Petersburg's Domenico Criscito, though a deal between the two clubs is still in the process of being resolved.

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