Barcelona have decided to strengthen their defensive unit in the upcoming transfer window by completing the signing of young Colombian centre-back, Yerri Mina from Palmeiras.
It was reported by Spanish daily, Diario AS, that Barcelona can sign Mina for nine million euros.
The catalan club is believed to have negotiated a deal with the Palmeiras a couple of years ago that allows them to buy the 23-year-old, who has six caps for Colombia, for nine million euros this January.
Barcelona initially had four options at their disposal to cover the centre-back role in the form of Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti, Mascherano and Thomas Vermaelen. But recent injury to Samuel Umtiti — who is out for 8 weeks, and the possible departure of Javier Mascherano has seen Barça go shopping for a centre-back.
According to AS sources, the Blaugrana have given club directors Pep Segura and Robert Fernández the go-ahead to finalise personal terms with Mina with a view to the player actually joining up with the squad before the end of December.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu had previously revealed that a decision over Mina would be made by Ernesto Valverde. It is believed, that he has finally given his thumbs-up to the deal.
Mina’s arrival would see Barça register a second of three permitted players holding a non-EU passport (the other is Paulinho).