Barcelona has announced their second signing of the January window and no surprise, it’s center back Yerry Mina.
The young Colombian has been linked with a move to Barcelona as the Catalans look for a replacement for aging star Javier Mascherano. However, while a deal had been set-up for after the World Cup, the Catalan giants were very keen to complete an early move for the Palmeiras star and thus pushed for a deal in the January window. The 23-year-old becomes Barcelona’s second signing of the January transfer window, after finally completing a €120 million move for Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho.
According to reports, Barcelona has shelled out just €11.8 million for the 23-year-old and Mina has signed a five and a half year deal with the Camp Nou side, with a release clause of 100 million. In a statement released by the club, “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.”
With reports that Machester City, Real Madrid, and even Leicester City were interested in the Colombian, Barcelona had to move fast. However, Barcelona did have the first choice over the 23-year-old, despite Mina’s agent insisting that the Catalan giant’s option is not air-tight and that even includes the potential fee.
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The Colombian international will undoubtedly strengthen Barcelona’s defensive side, especially with Javier Mascherano expected to leave the club. The 33-year-old Argentine has started only six games this season and already announced his intention to leave the club a few months ago. However, now with Yerry Mina in their squad, there is a good chance that Barcelona will let Mascherano leave.
In a footballing world where players are worth 100 million plus, for a centre-back of such potential Yerry Mina’s transfer fee is mere peanuts. However, while the 22-year-old has proved himself at Past, Santa Fe, Palmeiras and even for Colombia in the senior squad; it will certainly be interesting to see how well he does at Barcelona.