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Barcelona sign Colombia defender Yerry Mina from Palmeiras

12 January 2018

FC Barcelona have signed Colombia defender Yerry Mina from Brazilian club Palmeiras as he was one of the most sought-after defenders that club head coach Ernesto Valverde had his eye on for quite a while. The Colombia global will sign a 5-1/2 year contract with the Spanish side.

Mina was a key part for Palmeiras when they won the Brazilian league in 2016 and was runner-up a year ago.

Yerry Mina

However, Mina has joined early, signing a five-and-a-half year deal with a release clause of €100 million (£88.5 million), with hopes he can settle quickly in La Liga. He has won a Torneo Finalización (2014), a Colombian Superliga (2015) and a Copa Sudamericana (2015), with Santa Fe, as well as a Serie A with Palmeiras (2016).

The Colombia global will strengthen Barcelona's defensive options as Javier Mascherano is expected to leave Camp Nou in the January transfer window, with Chinese Super League side Hebei China Fortune reportedly keen on the experienced Argentine.

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"Yerry Mina now comes to Barca with the opportunity to continue developing as a footballer following his move to Europe". FC's Sid Lowe reveals the three people he feels are most responsible for leading Barcelona to a nine-point lead in La Liga.

"He goes to Valencia. I let him go", Wenger said after Wednesday's 0-0 draw with Chelsea.

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Barcelona sign Colombia defender Yerry Mina from Palmeiras