Jump directly to the content

News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services.

DREAM TEAM

Your Sun

A News UK Company
TOP
IMPORTS

Why Yerry Mina isn’t likely to play for Barcelona next season

The Catalan giants are likely to sign Brazilian midfielder Arthur in January of 2019 but that would take them over their allotted quota of non-EU players

Barcelona are partial to a South American talent.

The famous MSN front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar combined Argentinian, Uruguayan and Brazilian genes with successful results.

And in recent times, the club have signed Philippe Coutinho, Marlon Santos, Paulinho and Yerry Mina — three Brazilians and a Colombian.

Samba

AFP or licensors
3
Samba

Now they’ve got their eyes on 21-year-old Brazilian Arthur.

The Catalan giants have agreed an option-to-buy deal for the highly-rated Gremio midfielder this coming summer.

Initially, the Serie A club wanted to keep hold of Arthur until January 2019 and while that it still a possibility, the chances of the transfer being completed in July have increased.

Insert something about him being the ‘Brazilian Xavi’ here

Getty Images - Getty
3
Insert something about him being the ‘Brazilian Xavi’ here

Recruiting a host South Americans has its obvious advantages but it may also cause Barca some headaches.

As per La Liga rules, each team is allowed a maximum of three non-EU registered players in their squad.

With Coutinho and Paulinho as first-team regulars, Mina is likely to make way to accommodate Arthur.

The club will probably loan their towering centre-back out for the season, as they did with Marlon (to Nice) at the start of the current campaign.

Big Yerry hasn’t stopped smiling since he joined Barca… not literally, that would be terrifying

EPA
3
Big Yerry hasn’t stopped smiling since he joined Barca… not literally, that would be terrifying

In terms of a long-term solution, Barcelona have a plan.

The club have requested a Portuguese passport for Coutinho, which he qualifies for via his Portuguese wife.

It is thought that the ex-Liverpool midfielder will be granted an EU passport eventually but process may not be completed until mid-2019.

All this means any club with close ties to Barca may get a whole season out of a 24-year-old Mina.

No pressure, Arthur…


PLAY DREAM TEAM WEEKENDER Pick seven players to win £10k!


READ MORE: