Barcelona have a good presence in Brazilian football and have already secured on of the brightest prospects of the future.
The Catalans met with Palmeiras president, Mauricio Galiotte in February to discuss a deal for Yerry Mina.
Talks progressed smoothly and an agreement was reached for 9 million euros. But Barcelona agreed to allow the Colombia continue playing for Palmeiras until after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Barcelona were given permission to talk personal terms with the player, just like in Neymar’s case.
With the Catalans in search of a center-back, they were talks that Barcelona were prepared to push forward Mina’s arrival.
Despite any signings Barcelona are expected to make in defence, it would not affect their initial agreement. Palmeiras are set to begin their Copa Libertadores campaign and Mina would be available for them.
The Guachene-born defender stands at an intimidating height of 6ft 5in and also has an eye for goal.
Barca’s sporting director, Robert Fernandez, was recently seen watching the 22-year-old at a friendly match between Colombia and Cameroon in Brazil. Mina scored his first goal and second for Colombia in the game when he found the net in the 31st minute.
Mina joined Palmeiras in May 2016, and has a contract with them until 2019. He has also made appearances with the Colombian senior team, making his debut on June 8, 2016.
A January move could be a possibility but it remains very unlikely.
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