Date: 9th August 2018 at 8:16pm
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Everton fans already knew that we had secured the signing of Colombian international Yerry Mina after a summer of ‘will he, won’t he’ make the move from Barcelona in the press.

The 23-year-old Colombian international was a star performer for his country at the Russian World Cup over the summer and the deal had been officially confirmed on the stroke of the permanent transfer window slamming shut earlier this evening as former club Barcelona went on record to announce our capture of the player.

Everton’s official confirmation came a short time ago, and although they dodged mention of the transfer fee the specifics are, a £27.2million deal that could rise to £28.5million. Barcelona also stated they return the right of a buy-back clause in the deal – although that appears to be standard fare for all dealings coming from the Nou Camp.

The player has signed a five-year deal keeping him with us until the summer of 2023 and he’ll be hoping to hit the ground running given a lack of game time at Barca following his arrival with them last January.

Speaking to the Official Site Mina explained.

“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.”

Mina also confirmed that he’d obviously spoken with Lucas Digne ahead of the move to get his early impressions of life at Finch Farm.

Manager Marco Silva said of the drawn-out deal.

“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.”

With three goals to his name at the World Cup he also carries a good goal threat from set pieces.