Barcelona confirm bid for Valencia defender Jeremy Mathieu

Jeremy Mathieu (L) of Valencia competes for the ball with Diego Costa of Atletico de Madrid during the Copa del Rey round of 16 first leg match on January 7, 2014
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Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta confirms that the club has made an offer for Valencia's Jeremy Mathieu.

Barcelona have confirmed that they have made a formal approach for Valencia defender Jeremy Mathieu.

The Catalan club's sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta revealed that an offer has been tabled, but refused to disclose specific details about the negotiations.

"Valencia already know our offer and we want to maintain privacy in the negotiations. Of course we have other alternatives if this falls through," he told reporters.

"Hopefully by La Liga's start we have that centre-back position covered. If we wanted a centre-back before now, we would have signed one. We want someone who can put in top performances for many years and that's what we're working on."

Barcelona are seeking a defender to replace the retired Carles Puyol, with Joao Miranda of Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain's Marquinhos also linked with the club.

Jeremy Mathieu (L) of Valencia competes for the ball with Diego Costa of Atletico de Madrid during the Copa del Rey round of 16 first leg match on January 7, 2014
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