Barcelona must pay €14 million if they wish to sign Palmeiras defender Yerry Mina, according to Marca.
The Catalan club are facing a crisis in central defence, with Javier Mascherano expected to leave in the January transfer window for China, while Samuel Umtiti is struggling with a muscle injury.
The Colombian is already expected to join Barca in the summer for €9m, but could bring him in six months earlier.
Early chance for Mina to shine
With Umtiti out until February and Mascherano set to leave for around €10m, Barcelona will only have Gerard Pique and Thomas Vermaelen as their senior centre-backs, with latter having spent a majority of his three years at Barcelona injured.
Barca have looked at other short-term options, including loaning in Chelsea and Brazil defender David Luiz, who is struggling for game-time in England ahead of the World Cup.
But bringing Yerry Mina early would provide adequate back-up and allow him to settle into the team sooner and give him the chance to make an early challenge to become a first-team regular, while Umtiti is unavailable.
A solution already at Barca?
While Palmeiras are asking for extra €5m for 23-year-old, on top of the fee that would be paid in the summer, it would be a cheaper option than paying Luiz’s wages and loan fee, as well as, the potential benefit for the long-term future of their central defensive problem.
There is a far cost-effective solution to the current issue in giving David Costas a chance in the first-team.
Costas, who is on loan from Celta Vigo, has been impressing in the B team, and has already been on the bench twice in the last month.
The 22-year-old would provide ample cover until the return of Umtiti, but signing Mina early would guarantee depth at centre-back, especially with Vermaelen’s injury record.