Barcelona wants Mina in January, say Palmeiras

Palmeiras sporting director Alexandre Mattos revealed Barcelona wanted to sign Yerry Mina in January.

Palmeiras defender Yerry Mina has been linked to a likely move to Barcelona.   -  Getty Images

Barcelona wants to sign Colombia centre-back Yerry Mina in January, according to Palmeiras sporting director Alexandre Mattos. Mina, 23, has been linked to the La Liga giant, which have an option to buy the defender until after the World Cup.

However, Mattos said Barca was keen to land the nine-time Colombia international in January, although Palmeiras wants to keep the centre-back until the off-season.

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"It's true that Barcelona came for Mina with another offer but also that Palmeiras want Mina to stay here," he said. "We are going to wait for him to arrive in Sao Paulo and we will talk.

"If Palmeiras is satisfied with any situation so that he leaves before, we will do it. Otherwise, he will stay with us."

Barca is said to have a right to buy the defender for €9million at the end of the season, while the Brazilian side reportedly wants €12m to let Mina leave in January.

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