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Everton complete the signing of Yerry Mina from Barcelona. Mina has signed a 5-year deal with the club which will keep him at Goodison Park till 2023. The transfer fee is £27 million plus another €1.5 million in variables.
Mina gained prominence through his performances at the World Cup this summer. The 23-year old scored three goals for Colombia in the tournament. Yerry Mina joined Barcelona from Palmeiras this January but was hardly a regular. Hence, joining Everton could give the Colombian more playing time.
Mina said, “It is important that the Club want to fight for something. This is why I am here. I have watched the Premier League for a long time. It is the best league in the world. This is a great opportunity for me and I am looking forward to competing here. I know about Everton’s players and I look forward to being able to play with my new team. I have spoken a lot to the coach and I know his passion for Everton and determination to be successful. I am also determined to do my best for Everton.”
Everton boss Marco Silva said, “Mina is a quality player, a good defender, strong in the challenge and in the duels. He has good knowledge of the position he plays and he is good on the ball as well. He will contribute in the build-up play and will also be very strong at defensive and offensive set-pieces.”
Mina will join Barca teammates Lucas Digne and Andre Gomes at Goodison Park. Gomes was signed on loan from Barcelona today while Digne joined the club a few days back.
Mina added, “I worked hard during my holiday and now I am ready to play and do important things with the Club. I am ready to train and work. I spoke to Lucas and he told me all about the Club, which also made me keen to come here. I spoke with Andre, too. He is a good guy and we want to do our best for Everton.”
The Toffees begin their Premier League campaign against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.