Barcelona Sign Yerry Mina from Palmeiras in €11.8M Deal Until 2023

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJanuary 11, 2018

CAMPINAS, BRAZIL - JUNE 25: Yerry Mina #26 of Palmeiras in action during the match between Ponte Preta and Palmeiras as a part of Campeonato Brasileiro 2017 at Moises Lucarelli Stadium on June 25, 2017 in Campinas, Brazil. (Photo by Ricardo Nogueira/Getty Images)
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Barcelona on Thursday signed Palmeiras defender Yerry Mina on a five-and-a-half-year deal. 

The club announced his arrival via its official Twitter account:

According to Barcelona's official website, Mina cost €11.8 million (£10.5 million). And as part of his contract, he has a €100 million (£88.6 million) buyout clause.

The 6'5" centre-back possesses an imposing and powerful frame that he makes use of at both ends of the pitch.

A fearsome ball-winner in the air, he chips in with plenty of goals despite his position, having netted eight in 33 appearances for Palmeiras and three in nine for Colombia's national team.

Mina covers ground quickly with his long strides, and having begun his career in midfield, he often looks to drive forward and bring the ball out from the back.

Squawka Football shared his impressive domestic numbers with Palmeiras:

Mina would appear to be a replacement for Javier Mascherano, as Barcelona have accepted an offer for the Argentinian from Hebei China Fortune, according to Goal's Zhicheng Hu.

The 23-year-old stood out as a strong prospect in Brazil, and he has room to improve further still as he continues to develop his game.

His true test now lies in adapting to life at the Camp Nou and the step up to European football.