Barcelona have completed the signing of defender Yerry Mina from Palmeiras, the Spanish club announced on Thursday.
Mina, 23, moves to the Camp Nou for a fee of €11.8 million, and the Colombian's five-and-a-half-year contract includes a €100m release clause.
Barca had an option to sign Mina for €9m after the 2018 World Cup, but have decided to fast-track the transfer because of Javier Mascherano's pending move to Chinese Super League side Hebei Fortune.
As a result, they have...
The January transfer window is usually quiet, but Barcelona are spending big; after making Philippe Coutinho the second most expensive player in the world, they are now adding 23-year-old giant Colombian centre-back Yerry Mina to their squad.
The fee might be tiny in comparison to Coutinho. The outlay is a €11.8 million. But it is a lot more than they would have had to pay just over two years ago, when Mina was available at a cut price of €1m.
He was still in Colombian football then....
Barcelona want to sign Colombia international defender Yerry Mina in January, according to Palmeiras sporting director Alexandre Mattos.
The La Liga leaders have first option to buy the towering 23-year-old centre back after this summer's World Cup.
However, Mattos revealed on Wednesday that Barcelona are keen to bring in Mina this winter, though the Sao Paulo giants want to keep him until after the European season.
"It's true that Barcelona came for Mina with another offer but also that Palmeiras...
Yerry Mina's agent says there has not yet been any contact from Barcelona regarding a January move for the Palmeiras centre-back.
Barca have an agreement in place to sign the Colombia defender, if they wish to take up the option, after the World Cup next summer for €9 million.
However, with Javier Mascherano's Barca future uncertain amid a possible move to China, AS has reported that the Catalan club will push through a deal for Mina when the transfer window opens next month.