Meeting Messi gave me goosebumps, says Barca new signing

Colombian defender Yerry Mina has completed his £10.5million move to Barcelona

Colombian defender Yerry Mina has completed his £10.5million move to Barcelona

The highly-rated Palmeiras defender is said to be just hours away from finalising his move to the Nou Camp. However, the Catlan giants did have the first choice over the 23-year-old, despite Mina's agent insisting that the option is not air-tight and that even includes the potential fee.

The Catalan giants announced an €11.8 million deal to bring Mina from Palmeiras on Thursday, the Colombia global putting pen to paper on a five-and-a-half-year contract.

As he stepped out of that Camp Nou tunnel, posing for the pictures followed and soon after that, the Colombia global stunned everyone by taking off his boots and socks before stepping on the turf for the very first time. "And I want to succeed here".

"I am very happy to be here in Barcelona and I thank all those who made it possible for me to come to the best club in the world", Mina said - quoted by AS. "I've always followed great full-backs and great central defenders, like those here, such as [Gerard] Pique, [Javier] Mascherano, [Samuel] Umtiti and [Thomas] Vermaelen".

The tallest player in the squad at 1.95 meters (6-foot-4), Mina is known for his speed and impressive play with the ball at his feet.

Mina's contract is valid until June 2023 and has a buyout clause of 100 million euros ($119 million).

Barcelona's new signing, Yerry Mina has revealed how he felt after meeting Lionel Messi for the first time. He also scored nine goals in 49 matches for Palmeiras. I've always been a Barcelona fan. "We'll see how it goes here". I will be calm and I'll try to control the adrenaline and I'll adapt to the group with my dancing.

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