Barcelona have announced their second signing of 2018, with defender Yerry Mina joining La Liga’s leaders from Brazilian side Palmeiras for €11.8 million.
A deal for Mina had been set up for after the World Cup, but Barcelona were keen to complete an early move for the defender, who made clear his desire to join Ernesto Valverde’s side.
The Colombia international will strengthen Barcelona’s defensive options as Javier Mascherano is reportedly expected to leave Camp Nou in the January transfer window, with Chinese Super League side Hebei China Fortune reportedly keen on the experienced Argentine.
Mascherano has started only six La Liga games so far this season, with Thomas Vermaelen typically selected by Valverde as Gerard Pique’s partner in the absence of the injured Samuel Umtiti.
The table-toppers said in a statement: “Yerry Mina now comes to Barca with the opportunity to continue developing as a footballer following his move to Europe. Without a doubt the Colombian has the potential to make it.”
The Colombian centre-back joins for the rest of the season and for five more to follow, and his deal has a €100m release clause attached.
“Yerry Mina arrives at FC Barcelona to reinforce the central defensive positions,” said the statement on the club’s official website.
“He will bring a physical presence as his 1.95 metre frame suggests but he is also a quick, ball-playing defender. The Colombian, who is joining from Palmeiras, uses his aerial prowess to impose himself and score goals.”
This is Barca’s second signing of the January transfer window after the earlier arrival of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool.
Mina’s earliest opportunity to make his debut will come in Sunday’s Liga clash against Real Sociedad.