4 Things to Know About Barcelona's Latest Signing Yerry Mina

Barcelona have confirmed the signing for 23-year-old Colombian defender Yerry Mina. 


The Colombian international has signed from Brazilian club Palmeiras on a five-and-a-half year deal for a reported fee of £10.45m.


Mina has been lined up to become the long term replacement for Javier Mascherano at Barcelona, who looks set to join Chinese Super League side Hebei China Fortune in the January window. With Gerard Pique turning 31 this year, and Thomas Vermaelen at 32, Mina could be the future for Barcelona at the centre of defence alongside 24-year-old Samuel Umtiti. 


But why have Barcelona opted for Mina? Here's four things you should know about Barca's latest recruit...

4. He Is Already Impressing on the International Stage

Yerry Mina's first taste of international football came playing for the Colombia Olympic team in 2016. He featured during his country's qualification and warm-up matches for the tournament in Rio de Janeiro in the summer of 2016. He even scored his first goal in one of those warm-up matches against Honduras. 


However, just before the tournament Mina picked up an injury which meant he would miss the Olympics. Mina has since gone on to play for the Colombia national team, where he has continued to turn heads in his less than ten international appearances for his country. 


He represented Colombia at the 2016 Copa America where they finished third place. Mina could go on to create a formidable defensive partnership for Colombia alongside Tottenham Hotspur's Davinson Sanchez.  

3. He Won the Brasileiro in His Debut Season for Palmeiras

Before even making his big move to Europe, Yerry Mina is already a winner and it did not take him long to become one. In his first season at Palmeiras after signing from Sante Fe in 2016, Mina won the Brasileiro Serie A title.


While still a young new player at the club, Mina played an important role in Palmeiras' success that season where he made 15 appearances in all competitions. Palmeiras went on an unbeaten league run of 15 games that year. 

2. He Played Alongside Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus

Yerry Mina is not the first player from Palmeiras to have recently made a move to a big European club. Former Palmeiras teammate Gabriel Jesus made the move to Manchester City from the Brazilian club in January 2017. 


The 20-year-old was part of the same team that won the Brasileiro Serie A title win Mina in 2016. Could Mina be one a similar path to European success? Both Mina and Jesus were selected for that year's Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A Team of the Year.

1. He's Surprisingly Prolific for a Defender

For a centre-back, Yerry Mina certainly gets his fair share of goals. In 33 total appearances for Palmeiras over the last two years, Mina has scored eight goals in all competitions. For a striker at the lower end of the Premier League that would be a respectable return.


Standing at a lofty six foot five inches, Mina is a dangerous threat from set pieces as well as being an intimidating presence in defence.


He even racks up the goals for his country. In nine international appearances for Colombia, Mina has scored three goals.


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