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Barcelona sign defender for £8million who can’t play until January next year

The Catalan giants have signed 22-year-old Yerry Mina from Brazilian side Palmeiras

Post-Neymar, spending £8million on a player seems like absolute pennies for a Barcelona transfer.

But the Catalan giants have sealed a move for highly-rated Colombian centre-back Yerry Mina from Brazilian club Palmeiras.

Barca triggered the £8million option to buy clause in the 6’5″ defender, but there’s one minor sticking point.


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Their new signing will not arrive in Spain until January, and will remain at his current club Palmeiras in the meantime.

Yerry Mina is highly rated in Brazil.

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Yerry Mina is highly rated in Brazil.

The Colombian-native should fit neatly into the side, with the ability to play out from the back and aerial strength at both ends of the field, emulating the ideal ball playing defender, perfect to replace a dwindling 33-year-old Javier Mascherano.

Yerry Mina was voted Brazil's best defender in 2016 with Palmeiras

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Yerry Mina was voted Brazil’s best defender in 2016 with Palmeiras

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He has impressed the Barcelona scouting system for a while, scoring two goals for Colombia as representatives from his new club watched on in awe.

The 2016 best defender in Brazil winner will be a significant a boost to the club, who will hope that Mina will be the man to strengthen a Barcelona defence becoming increasingly weak.

The club still remain in pursuit of creative midfielder Philippe Coutinho, who will be the man to replace world class winger Neymar following his world record fee to Paris Saint-Germain.