Colombian-born soccer star Yerry Mina is making a change from Palmeiras, accepting a five-and-a-half-year contract to join the illustrious ranks of FC Barcelona for the sum of €11.8 million (US$14.2 million).
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With a release clause amounting to €100 million (US$120.3 million) paid to the athlete’s former team, Brazil’s Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras, Mina will bolster Barcelona’s defense.
The center-back has proved himself a strong asset to his former team, supporting them to triumph as league title-winner in 2016 and scoring a total of nine goals during the team’s 49 matches.
"Yerry Mina now comes to Barça with the opportunity to continue developing as a footballer following his move to Europe," declares a glowing statement on the FC Barcelona website. "Without a doubt, the Colombian has the potential to make it."
Speculations surrounding the transfer hint that the 23-year-old may be arriving as a replacement for former Liverpool athlete Javier Mascherano, who is packing his bags to play for Chinese club Hebei Fortune.