FC Barcelona Announces Buyout of Brazil Defender Yerry Mina

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The Colombian worldwide will undoubtedly strengthen Barcelona's defensive side, especially with Javier Mascherano expected to leave the club.

Barcelona have completed the signing of defender Yerry Mina from Palmeiras, the Spanish club announced on Thursday. The signing is for the remainder of the season and five more until June 30, 2023.

According to Barcelona's official website, Mina cost €11.8 million (£10.5 million).

Mina, 23, moves to the Camp Nou for a fee of €11.8 million, and the Colombian's five-and-a-half-year contract includes a €100m release clause. He will bring a physical presence as his 1.95 metre frame suggests but he is also a quick, ball-playing defender.

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He will be Barcelona's second signing of the January transfer window after Philippe Coutinho's 160 million-euro capture from English topflight, Liverpool.

The center-back has proved himself a strong asset to his former team, supporting them to triumph as league title-winner in 2016 and scoring a total of nine goals during the team's 49 matches.

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

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".

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