Yerri Mina will finish his vacation on Friday in Colombia and return to Brazil to begin training with Palmeiras. He has been in his home country recovering since December 3rd when competition ended in Brazil.
There, he has been listening to the speculation regarding Mascherano's potential departure from Barcelona, along with Samuel Umtiti's injury and the possibility of Barcelona dipping their toes in the winter market to land the central defender. Not everything has been squared off though. To begin with, the price is a stumbling block. Palmeiras have put a price tag of €9 million on the player in June but not in January as the Brazilian side have raised the asking price for a move now.
Also, Mina's arrival does not inspire as much hope as Barcelona might like. Josep Bartomeu said the deal would be decided upon by Valverde but the Colombian's lack of speed has been cited as a reason not to buy him. The 23-year-old's arrival would also be the final nail in the coffin of Masherano's career as he would surely have to leave to get the required minutes in the build-up to the World Cup.