Barcelona sign Yerry Mina, Arsenal’s Francis Coquelin to join Valencia

first_imgLa Liga leaders Barcelona have signed centre-back Yerry Mina from Palmeiras for a fee of 11.8 million euros ($14 million), the club confirmed on Thursday.The Colombia international will sign a 5-1/2 year contract with the Spanish side. The 23-year-old made made 33 appearances for Palmeiras over the last two seasons, helping them win the league title in 2016. He also won the Copa Sudamericana with former club Santa Fe.”Yerry Mina now comes to Barca with the opportunity to continue developing as a footballer following his move to Europe. Without a doubt the Colombian has the potential to make it,” Barcelona said in a statement on their website. (www.fcbarcelona.com)WATCHThe addition will provide some respite to the Catalan side as Spanish media reports suggest that veteran Javier Mascherano is close to leaving to join Chinese side Hebei China Fortune.Mina’s contract at Barcelona has a termination clause worth 100 million euros.WENGER SANCTIONS COQUELIN SALE Francis Coquelin is leaving Arsenal to join Spanish side Valencia, the Premier League club’s manager Arsene Wenger has said.The midfielder, who has scored three goals in 160 appearances for Arsenal since his senior debut in 2008, has struggled to get games this campaign and featured in just seven league matches, coming on as a substitute in six of them.”He goes to Valencia. He didn’t get enough games with us this season. He had an opportunity. I let him go,” Wenger said after Wednesday’s 0-0 draw with Chelsea.British media reports say that the La Liga side have agreed a deal worth around 12 million pounds ($16.20 million) for the 26-year-old Frenchman.(With inputs from Reuters)ALSO WATCH: advertisementlast_img

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