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Barcelona set to sign Colombian international Yerry Mina

By: Snehanjan Banerjee
Colombia defender Yerry Mina (3) and goalkeeper Cristian Bonilla (1)

Bengaluru, September 12: Barcelona have reportedly agreed to complete the signing of Colombian defender Yerry Mina after the 2018 World Cup for a fee of €9million.

As reported by respected Spanish publication Sport, the Colombian defender has been a long-term target of the Catalan giants, and they have agreed a deal to activate an €9million option to buy which has been in place since May 2016.

It’s taken a while for the transfer to reach the next stage, but as per the report, Barca have agreed to let Mina stay with current club Palmeiras for another year, after which he’ll move to the Nou Camp following next summer’s World Cup in Russia.

According to Sport, Barcelona director Pep Segura met with Palmeiras director Alexandre Mattos in Barcelona recently, where the pair reached an agreement over the 22-year-old.

The Spanish club had been keen to bring Mina in during the January transfer window, but Palmeiras snubbed that idea.

Yerry Mina is regarded as one of the biggest prospects in South America right now and he fits with Barcelona’s desire to lower the average age of the squad as he’ll be expected to eventually replace the likes of Gerard Pique and Javier Mascherano.

After a frustrating transfer window for the Blaugrana, signing one of the best young defenders for the future will surely make the fans happy.

Despite missing on a number of key targets, with a good mix in Paulinho, Nelson Semedo and Ousmane Dembele, Barcelona are seemingly wasting little time in terms of making plans to add more and Mina could now be the next player to arrive.

Mina is already an established international player boasting nine appearances for the Colombian national team and is a ball-playing defender by trade thanks to his amazing ability to pick out a pass. This deal could prove to be a big bargain in the long run.

Story first published: Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 11:38 [IST]
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