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Colombia defender Yerry Mina ‘rejects’ move to Manchester City to pursue Barcelona dream

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 06:  Yerry Mina of Palmeiras fights for the ball with Alex of Internacional during the match between Palmeiras and Internacional for the Brazilian Series A 2016 at Allianz Parque on November 6, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images)

Several months ago, Barcelona-based newspaper Mundo Deportivo reported that Manchester City were trying to edge ahead of Barcelona in the hunt to sign highly-rated Palmeiras defender, Yerry Mina.

A tall and imposing central defender capable of scoring goals, Mina, a Colombian international, was voted the best defender in the Brazilian top-flight last year, and was a team-mate of City new boy Gabriel Jesus in the Palmeiras side that won the league for the first time since 1994.

His form alerted FC Barcelona, who acquired a first-option deal on the 22-year-old, but back in October, Txiki Begiristain began investigating the possibility of bringing Mina to the Etihad Stadium instead.

The same newspaper, Mundo Deportivo, has posted an update, claiming that Mina has rejected a move to Pep Guardiola’s side because he only has eyes for Barcelona.

Barcelona technical secretary, Pep Segura, visited Mina at Palmeiras’ facilities in Brazil and his reports have been to Robert Fernández, sporting director of Barcelona, who will decide whether to utilise the club’s first-option on Mina.

Although Mina is said to have rejected a move to City, should Barça decide not to sign him, he could quickly change his view and decide Manchester is his best option. However, unless that happens he is likely to move to Camp Nou, where he would compete for a spot with Gerard Piqué, Samuel Umtiti and Javier Mascherano.

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