Barcelona have completed the signing of defender Yerry Mina from Palmeiras, the Spanish club announced on Thursday.
Mina, 23, moves to the Camp Nou for a fee of €11.8 million, and the Colombian’s five-and-a-half-year contract includes a €100m release clause.
Barca had an option to sign Mina for €9m after the 2018 World Cup, but have decided to fast-track the transfer because of Javier Mascherano’s pending move to Chinese Super League side Hebei Fortune.
As a result, they have had to pay Palmeiras €2.5m more than had originally been agreed for the deal to be completed this summer.
Mina arrives to provide competition for Samuel Umtiti, Gerard Pique and Thomas Vermaelen in defence.
The Catalan club said in a statement: “He will bring a physical presence as his 1.95 metre frame suggests but he is also a quick, ball-playing defender. The Colombian, who is joining from Palmeiras, uses his aerial prowess to impose himself and score goals.”
Mina has won nine caps for Colombia, scoring three goals, and becomes the first-ever player from his homeland to represent Barcelona.