Barcelona transfer target Yerry Mina is set to begin pre-season training with current club Palmeiras next month as he awaits the final call from the Spanish league leaders to finally join up with the club.
Ernesto Valverde's side already have a €9m first option deal in place on the Colombian international, who stands at 6ft 4in, and are expected to pay another fee in order to complete the deal for a man who appears to be Javier Mascherano's replacement.
Palmeiras want 14M to allow Yerry Mina to join Barcelona in January as Mascherano's replacement. Barcelona are hesitant as they have an agreement to pay 9M for Mina to arrive next summer [marca]— FC Barcelona Fl (@FCBarcelonaFl) December 24, 2017
Mascherano is set to join Hebei China Fortune next month after seeking to end his successful venture with Barca, and it's reported by Sport English that the Catalans will receive €10m for his services. Half of that fee is expected to go towards completing the signing of the 23-year-old, formerly of Independiente Santa Fe, earlier than initially planned.
Under the terms of the initial agreement, Mina was expected to join up with Barca at the end of the current season, but the departure of Mascherano will hasten the need for the club to find a replacement. Mina is that man, and while everything does appear to be in the pipeline for the move to complete, Mina is still waiting for Barca negotiators to make their final move.
They are expected to do so when the deal for Mascherano is completed.
Officials from Palmeiras are expecting the deal for Mina to go ahead next month, and Barca are expected to send Oscar Grau to South America in order to tie up the deal.