Catalan giants, Fc Barcelona have secure the signing of Colombian international defender Yerry Mina, after his long-anticipated move from Palmeiras to Camp Nou.
The 23-year-old signed a five-and-a-half-year deal the Catalan side, with his release clause set at €100m.
Ernesto Valverde’s side has paid €11.8m for the lanky centre-back, who is relied upon to be Javier Mascherano’s long-term replacement at the core of the Barcelona defence. It became noticeably clear at an early stage on Thursday that the deal was closing on completion, something that was affirmed by Barca just a couple of hours.
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Barca has already consented to sign the player following this summer’s World Cup for an expense fee of €9m but opted to advance the deal given Mascherano’s want to make the move East to the Chinese Super League.
At 6’5″, Mina is renowned for his aerial prowess, having scored eight goals in 33 games for Palmeiras, and although he has only played nine times for his country, he has found the net on three occasions. Mina is also a speedy, ball-playing centre-back, similarly equipped for starting counter-attacks and as well averting them.
Barcelona have wasted no time in bolstering their squad following Philippe Coutinho’s £145million move to the Catalan giants earlier this week.
Barcelona are nine points ahead at the top of La Liga and are still in the Champions League and Copa del Rey.
Ernesto Valverde’s side takes on Celta Vigo in the second leg of the last 16 Copa del Rey match on Thursday night with the tie in the balance following a 1-1 draw in the first leg.