Barcelona are reportedly closing in on signing Arthur Melo, which could see Liverpool transfer target Yerry Mina exit the club.

The Colombia star was one of his country’s stand-out players at the World Cup as he scored three goals in three appearances.

Mina headed in a dramatic equaliser to force extra-time between Colombia and England in the last-16, but then suffered shoot-out heartbreak.

The centre-back is under contract at Barcelona until 2023, but has only made six appearances in total for the Catalan giants since arriving in January.

Liverpool has been linked with a move for Mina in recent months as Jurgen Klopp looks to add depth to a backline that relies heavily on Virgil van Dijk’s leadership.

Marca claim the arrival of Melo from Gremio will mean Barcelona will have one too many non-EU players in their team.

Spanish press previously reported Barcelona were keen to offload Mina and a switch to the Premier League was an option.

Any side would jump at the chance to give Mina a chance after his heroics at the World Cup. As well as the England equaliser, Mina scored a 90th minute winner against Senegal.

Mina put Colombia 1-0 up against Poland in the previous game and has become an expert in scoring crucial goals just when his side needs one.

Clubs have already been in contact with Barcelona about Mina’s availability and the La Liga giants have reportedly set a £11million asking price.

Source: Metro

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