FC Barcelona have already secured their first signing of the 2018-19 season, as Colombian defender Yerry Mina will report to Los Blaugranas after the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The news was confirmed by Palmeiras’ sporting director, Alexandre Matto.
Barcelona secured a move for Mina after paying 9 million to Palmeiras during the transfer window, but the towering centre-back won’t arrive to Camp Nou any time soon. He is expected to join the club ahead of pre-season next year, since there is an agreement in place so he can stay with Palmeiras until the end of the Brazil Serie A season.
In fact, Matto confirmed to Globoesporte that the 22-year-old’s transfer to Barca is completely sealed. Barcelona have high hopes for the defender, as Mina has been categorized as one of the top defending prospects in South America, and they see him as the long-term replacement for Gerard Pique once the Spaniard retires in the future.
With Mina, newcomer Marlon Santos – who is on loan at Nice for the next two years – and Samuel Umtiti already settled as a first-choice in the team, Barca have done a good job to establish continuity on the defensive line for the foreseeable future. And based on what he has already shown at Palmeiras and the Colombian National Team, there is no question Mina will adjust perfectly to what Barca do at the back.