The third signing of the new Florentino Perez era, and finally a defender. Raul Albiol, 24 years old, and Valencia's centerback should make for a nice dancing partner with Pepe in front of Casillas. The transfer fee was 15 million euros, and he'll earn 1.8 million euros a year, with an 80 million euro buyout clause. This signing is pending the medical examination.
This looks to shore up a defensive spot opened by Cannavaro's departure, and that Metzelder looked unable to fill adequately.