Since Carles Puyol hang the boot in 2014, Barcelona have failed in their search to get a capable replacement for the defensive stalwart. 2 years before his retirement, the search had commenced, as the Spaniard was already seeing less of playing time.
But right now, the Camp Nou outfit might have found one in South America. Colombia international and Palmerias centre-back Yerry Mina, has all it takes to add steel to the shaky Barcelona backline.
The La Liga giants have shipped 17 goals – the same as 12th placed Alaves this term, and a solid defender is badly needed. The 22-year-old Mina fits the bill, and is also under the radar of Manchester City and West Ham.
Standing at a massive 6’5″ (an inch more than Pique), the powerful centre-half’s standout strengths are blocking the ball and making tackles. Mina is definitely a huge threat in indirect set-pieces due to his aerial prowess, and can help Barcelona at the back with it.
Reports say a clause exists which would allow Barca to sign him for €9million at any point during the next three years following his move from Santa Fe to Palmerias, as the La Liga giants have a first-option and a pre-agreement to sign him.
There is also an option Barca can exercise in signing him permanently at the end of any season he arrives for around €5million, provided he plays 5 official matches for them.
Could Yerry Mina be the one to come solve the club’s defensive issues?