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BARCELONA COMPLETE THE SIGNING OF YERRY MINA FROM PALMEIRAS

La Liga leaders FC Barcelona have officially confirmed their second signing of 2018, with defender Yerry Mina joining La Liga’s leaders from Brazilian side Palmeiras for €11.8 million.

Mina was tipped to arrive at the Camp Nou after the World Cup, but Barcelona were keen to complete an early move for the defender, who made clear his desire to join Ernesto Valverde’s side.

The Colombian international is set to strengthen Barcelona’s defensive options as Javier Mascherano is reportedly expected to leave Camp Nou in the January transfer window to seek much playing time at Chinese Super League side Hebei China Fortune. Hebei are reportedly keen on the experienced Argentine who can play at both at defence and in midfield.

Mascherano has started only six La Liga games so far this season, with Thomas Vermaelen typically selected by Valverde as Gerard Pique’s partner in the absence of the injured Samuel Umtiti.

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. Without a doubt the Colombian has the potential to make it.”

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