Yerry Mina was expected to arrive in Barcelona on Thursday after being given permission by Palmeiras to complete a long-awaited deal to join the Catalan giants.
Colombia international Mina, 23, will sign a four-year contract at Camp Nou after Palmeiras accepted an offer of 11.8 million euros for the central defender. The player’s minimum release clause will be set at 100 million euros.
Barcelona are expected to officially unveil Mina on Friday after Camp Nou sporting director pushed through the deal to make the Colombian the club’s second signing of the winter transfer market after the arrival of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool.
Mascherano likely to be allowed to leave after Mina arrival
Barça had originally intended to wait until the summer to finalise a deal for Mina, which has been in the pipeline for some time, and Palmeiras were also happy with the arrangement. However, Samuel Umtiti’s hamstring injury and Javier Mascherano’s stated desire to leave accelerated the timetable.
Although he will be registered as a non-EU player, Barça currently have only one of their three spaces occupied, by Paulinho. That leaves the door open for a summer attempt to lure Brazilian sensation Arthur from Grêmio.
Meanwhile, the arrival of Mina will probably signal the end of Mascherano’s career at Camp Nou after the Argentinean made it clear he was not happy about his lack of playing time this season, during which he has made only six starts in LaLiga.