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Yerry Mina: 5 things you probably didn't know about Barcelona's new defender

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Barcelona have signed defender Yerry Mina Mina (Image: Barcelona)

It's confirmed then - Yerry Mina will be Barcelona's second signing of the January transfer window after they signed Philippe Coutinho for a record £142m.

Mina isn't on the same level in terms of transfer fee, though. The 23-year-old has signed from Palmeiras for a fee of €11.8m.

But how much do Barcelona fans know about him? What can we expect from the Colombian defender?

#1 Mina started his career as a goalkeeper

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Yerry Mina's father and uncle were goalkeepers

Barcelona really don't need a goalkeeper at the moment with Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Jasper Cillessen doing a fine job between the sticks.

But should the need arise to replace the goalkeeper after all three substitutions are made, Ernesto Valverde could ask Yerry Mina to don the gloves.

“When I started playing football I played as a goalkeeper, but my father insisted that I played another position.” - Yerry Mina

There's a reason why he initially took up goalkeeping - both his father and uncle were goalkeepers when they were footballers.

As a teenager atGuachene, he had even played as a midfielder before becoming a defender.

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