Columbian defender Yerry Mina who moved to Brazilian club Palmeiras in the summer from Columbian club Sante Fe reportedly has a pre-agreement signed with Barcelona, which can result in the Catalan club purchasing the player for £9 million in the next three years.
The player’s representative and uncle, Jair Mina claimed to have met with Barcelona officials as they oversaw Mina in action for his national side in a 2-2 draw with Uruguay, in a game that saw Mina score a late equaliser to reignite reports that Barcelona has been tracking the youngster.
Blaugrana reported that the Catalan giants had the agreement in place before the defender moved to Brazil in the summer and failed to move to buy the player, in order to give him time to develop and hone his skills and gain more experience playing regular football. Palmeiras head coach Cuca on signing the player admitted that his time in Sao Paolo could be a short one.
Jair Mina, the player’s agent did not rule out the possibility of a move to another club claiming the deal with Barcelona is far from done. So if a club moved for the defender and offered the right price the talented 21-year-old defender could go back on the agreement with Barcelona and ply his trade for another club.
By choosing not the sign the Columbian to the B-Team, the Catalans instead chose to sign Brazilian Marlon Santos on loan from Fluminense. A key feature in the B-Team, Santos has a clause in his contract that states that if he makes 5 appearances for Enrique’s side this season it will automatically make him a permanent Barcelona player, who will then have to pay £5 million for his services.
Mina who has won 4 caps for his national side is currently continuing his development in Brazil and his performances are being closely monitored by Europe’s elite keen to sign up the young Columbian. The Barcelona representatives who reportedly met with Jair Mina in Barranquilla had plenty of positives to take away from Mina’s strong performance that saw him score his first goal for his national team.
Barcelona having served a one-year transfer suspension will be looking to bolster their squad in defensive positions during the January window and Yerry Mina could well be on his way to the Nou Camp and be a registered Barcelona player come 2017.