Barcelona agree Yerry Mina deal

Barcelona agree Yerry Mina deal

January 5, 2018 Off By Sports Writer

Barcelona have agreed a deal to sign Colombian defender Yerry Mina, who will join the club at the start of next week.

Officials from the Camp Nou have long been interested in the centre-back, a player they see fit to replace veteran defender Javier Mascherano and provide adequate cover for Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti.

Both Barca and Brazilian side Palmeiras have been in constant contact and a deal is now said to have been agreed in the region of €12m,

The 23-year-old is now expected to arrive in Barcelona over the weekend and could be in attendance for their La Liga fixture against Levante on Sunday afternoon.

Palmeiras sporting director Alexandre Mattos spoke on the deal earlier this week, and that has been followed by Mundo Deportivo and Onda Cero claiming a deal has now been struck.

“Barcelona have made another offer for Mina but equally, we do not want him to leave the club,” Mattos said.

“We are going to wait for their delegation to arrive in Sao Paulo to discuss the situation further and if, but only if, we are satisfied with the new bid, we will allow him to move. Otherwise, he will remain a Palmeiras player.”

Mina, who moved to Palmeiras from Sante Fe last season was a massive part in the Brazilian title win last season, making the Team of the Year in the process.

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Having developed well for his country at the various youth levels, Mina has nine caps for the Colombian senior side, scoring three goals in the process.

His arrival at Barca would see Ernesto Valverde have four central defensive options, with former Arsenal man Thomas Vermaelen having impressed whilst Umtiti has been out injured.