Barcelona have extended their purchase option for Colombia defender Yerry Mina, reports AS.
The Camp Nou chiefs are admirers of the Palmeiras centre-back and have had a purchase option, which expires in June 2017, in place.
However, according to AS, Palmeiras’ president Mauricio Galiotte and executive director of football Alexandre Mattos have been in Barcelona to meet with Camp Nou chiefs and discuss the purchase option.
Barcelona’s purchase option period will now expire in July 2018, after the World Cup in Russia.
Yerry Mina has long been aware of Barcelona’s interest but has previously stated that he is keen to spend the next year with Palmeiras, who will be taking part in the Copa Libertadores after winning the Brasileirao.
“I’m happy and excited because, as they say, Barca is more than a club,” he said last month. “Every day I get up and think I’m doing things well because Barca are paying attention to me.
“But I have objectives for 2017: to do well, with my mind 100 percent focused on doing things well with Palmeiras, and after that, to try to go to Europe. Everything has its time.”
In addition to the Mina negotiations, Galiotte and Mattos have also been speaking with Barcelona about other ways they can cooperate moving forward.
Some of the topics included how the two clubs work, a coaching exchange and grassroots football as Barca and Palmeiras look to develop their understanding and knowledge of how things may differ in South America and Europe.