Palmeiras defender Yerry Mina will not be joining Barcelona next summer if another club outbids them, according to the player’s agent.
Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo had reported that Chelsea and Manchester United had made bids for the Colombian internatonial only to be told by Palmeiras that an agreement was already in place for the centre back to move to the Camp Nou.
Mario Mauri told Sky Sport Italia (translated by Football-Italia.net) however that Barca only have a first option on the 22 year old. This means Mina’s club are obligated to tell the La Liga side if a bid has been made for the player, and give them the chance to match the offer if it is higher than theirs:
“The only obligation Palmeiras have is to warn Barcelona in case a bid arrives that is superior to their offer: it’s a contractual proposal that starts from June 2018.”
It means Chelsea can still sign Mina with a high enough offer which Barca won’t match. Mundo Deportivo reported last week that the Blues offered €22m for Mina, while Barcelona’s is only €10m. Whether this bid was actually made, it remains to be seen.