Barcelona transfer rumour: Blaugranas fighting with Manchester City for young sensation Yerry Mina
Young Colombian defender Yerry Mina has been making the headlines in recent times after drawing the attention of the likes of Barcelona and Manchester City. The youngster is currently plying his trade with Brazilian club, Palmeiras and reports in the British media state that the youngster could be available for a snip at £8.1million.
However, reports have also stated that the Blaugranas have a first option agreement with the Brazilian club, which puts them in pole position to sign the central defender. The defender began his career with Colombian club, Deportivo Pasto in the year 2013 before moving to Santa Fe, another Colombian club.
After spending a couple of seasons with the Bogota-based club, the 22-year-old signed for Brazilian side, Palmeiras this summer. Mina has been impressive for his club and even made his debut for the Colombian national team this year.
Possible pre-agreement in place
Reports have emerged from the Pina camp, that the youngster has already signed a pre-agreement with the Catalan club. However, Jair Mina, the player’s representative and uncle was heard stating to Radio Caracol, “Yes, a pre-agreement was signed and there's the possibility that the kid goes to Barcelona.”
Apparently, Barcelona was interested in bringing the defender to Nou Camp this summer itself but later agreed to leave the youngster to continue his development in Brazil. Reports have stated that Barca has the option of signing the youngster for €9 million at any point during the next three years.
However, comments by his agent/uncle have thrown a lifeline for the likes of Manchester City. Jair Mina, recently stated after Mina’s performance in the 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw against Uruguay that, “It's only a pre-agreement, so there's still the chance that other teams [make an offer], so [a move to Barca] would depend on circumstances and the desire of the player. Other top European teams are interested.”
The Citizens are looking to rebuild their defence and Pep’s preference of a ball-playing centre-back is well known. Alongside senior pros such as Otamendi and club captain, Kompany the addition of Mina will only strengthen the squad.
John Stones another youngster arrived in the summer from Everton for a sum of £47.5 million on a six-year deal with a potential extra £2.5 million in add-ons, making him the world's second most expensive defender in history.
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However, Pep wants to build the club keeping long-term goals in mind and the possible arrival of Mina can help Guardiola achieve that objective.