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Transfer Rumors: Yerry Mina Will Join FC Barcelona After Russia World Cup 2018

The deal is already done, says SPORT

Ponte Preta v Palmeiras - Brasileirao Series A 2017 Photo by Ricardo Nogueira/Getty Images

Yerry Mina will be the first signing of next summer’s transfer window, says Diario SPORT. The Colombian will join FC Barcelona after the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The player will arrive from Palmeiras for a fee of 9 million euro. All that’s left is for the player to agree terms.

The report says Alexandre Mattos, Palmeiras's director of football, met with Pep Segura, and they came to an agreement. Barcelona could have sped up the transfer to this winter's transfer window for an additional million, but they ultimately decided against it. Palmeiras will be able to use Mina in the opening stages of the 2018-19 Copa Libertadores, the premier South American competition.

The Catalans reportedly believe that Mina will benefit from doing a full preseason with the team, rather than joining during the winter. If the team needs another defender this winter, they will look elsewhere.

Just 23, Mina is considered one of the most promising defenders in South America. He is currently recovering from injury.

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