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Still no contact from Barcelona for Yerry Mina, says agent

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But the defender would be happy to join in January

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Yerry Mina’s potential transfer to Barcelona continues to be the subject of much debate, with his agent insisting there’s been no contact with the Blaugrana over a January move.

Yesterday the Spanish press was full of reports that Mina would arrive this winter, as a replacement for Javier Mascherano who is expected to leave for China.

However, his agent and uncle, Yair Mina, has denied that is the case, although he does say the player would be happy to move to Camp Nou this winter.

"There has still been no contact from Barcelona to Palmeiras to sign the player in January. He's a Palmeiras player and there's no indicator to say otherwise. I've spoken with Robert but Barcelona have not defined anything, everything continues as before.

"Barcelona have told Palmeiras officially that the option to buy is for July 2018. To sign him in January Barcelona will have to sit down with Palmeiras and tell them that they want to make use of the option.

"The player is always willing, he's active and a club employee. If they tell him he will have to arrive in January, he will have no problem."

Source | COPE (via Sport)

It looks almost certain that Barca will have to bring in a centre-back this winter, although whether it will be Mina or someone else, still remains to be seen.