Barcelona's unveiling of €11.8m centre-back Yerry Mina

Colombian centre-back Yerry Mina was unveiled as Barcelona's latest signing.

Barcelona unveiled new signing Yerry Mina on Saturday after sealing an €11.8million move for the Colombian centre-back.

The 23-year-old will offer much-needed backup at the position, given Samuel Umtiti's absence through injury and Javier Mascherano's likely departure.

For his part, Mina is thrilled at the opportunity to be learning from the likes of Gerard Pique, Umtiti, and the rest of Barcelona's defence as he looks to become the latest South American import to succeed at the club.

Mina was trotted out for the traditional presentation at Camp Nou and did a good job of avoiding the hiccups that have derailed many a new signing's big moment.

Both club and player will hope it's the start of a long and successful tenure, with Mina quick to show his appreciation for the opportunity he's been given - not least playing with the player he says is "the best in the world".

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Ousmane Dembele's form and more talking points as Barcelona face Real Sociedad

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Barcelona travel to Real Sociedad on Sunday night, looking to extend their nine-point advantage over second-placed Atletico Madrid at the top of the La Liga table.

Here, we look at three key talking points:

IS OUSMANE DEMBELE CLOSE TO HIS BEST LEVEL ALREADY?

At 20, the world’s third most expensive player will only get better – and that’s a mouthwatering prospect for Barcelona.

Whilst the former Borussia Dortmund man is still finding his feet following a long lay-off with a hamstring injury, we saw glimpses on Thursday, in the Copa del Rey against Celta Vigo, that it won’t take the attacker a great deal of time to get fully back into his stride.

Three substitute appearances on the bounce have helped him settle back in to the La Liga leaders’ line-up and that 32-minute cameo just a couple of days ago lit-up the Camp Nou in the 5-0 second leg cup romp.

Late on, from a corner, Dembele put the ball on a plate for Ivan Rakitic to head home – showcasing his ability to deliver via his right foot, as well as his favoured left. Generally, he was a towering presence, down the right flank in particular, dribbling the ball at pace, winning five out of six individual duels and constantly looking for a killer pass.

Having recovered from a slight niggle it will be interesting to see whether Ernesto Valverde decides to give the France international his first start in a Barca jersey since September or bring his freshness on from the bench as Sergio Busquets looks like one man being likely to return to the midfield for more steal.

Either way, Dembele seems to have quickly got up to speed with the pace of the Spanish top flight, and from here, we should really start seeing the best of him.

Barcelona's French forward Ousmane Dembele (C) vies with Celta Vigo's Spanish defender Sergi Gomez during the Spanish Copa del Rey (King's Cup) round of 16 second leg football match FC Barcelona vs RC Celta de Vigo at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on January 11, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)

Dembele could start on Sunday evening.

CAN BARCELONA FIX WOEFUL RECORD AT THE ANOETA?

Quite remarkably, Real Sociedad have won five out of their past seven league meetings with Barcelona at the Anoeta Stadium.

You wouldn’t go quite as far to say the Basque country side are a bogey team for the Catalan club, but certainly, in San Sebastian, Sociedad hold a hoodoo over the visitors.

In fact, Barcelona’s last La Liga win in the north of Spain came in 2007.

Perhaps, over a decade on, the tables are about to turn though with Barcelona being in blistering form and Eusebio Sacristan’s men enjoying a steady, if not spectacular campaign in mid-table.

PLAYERS PLAYING FOR THEIR PLACES

With Philippe Coutinho expected to be fit in a couple of weeks following his mega-money switch from Liverpool, the brilliant Brazilian is all set to be catapulted straight into the Blaugrana first XI midfield – which means one of Busquets, Ivan Rakitic, Andres Iniesta and Paulinho are likely to come under pressure for a spot in the side.

The 25-year-old has been billed as the heir to club captain Iniesta’s throne, and while that may be a bit premature given the Spaniard is still influencing games, it seems like a natural transition between the two that could happen sooner rather than later.

While this fixture comes too soon for new signing Yerry Mina, who is expected to make his debut on Thursday during the first leg quarter-final Copa del Rey clash with city rivals Espanyol, the likes of Samuel Umtiti, when fit again, will have to battle it out for a centre-back position upon his return.

Competition at right full-back is healthy and Thomas Vermaelen is performing well, so there may well be a dual for one central defensive berth – especially if stalwart Javier Mascherano completes his switch to China during the transfer window.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 13: New FC Barcelona player Yerry Mina is unveiling at Nou Camp on January 13, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. The Colombian player signed from Palmerias, has agreed a deal with the Catalan club until 2022 season. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

New signing Yerry Mina was presented at the Camp Nou on Saturday.

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Lionel Messi's new Barcelona contract could be worth over €100m per year

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Lionel Messi, who recently penned a lucrative new contract with Barcelona, could comfortably earn more than €100 million every year, according to a report released by France-based Mediapart.

Journalists from European Investigation Collaborations (EIC) claimed to have seen the details of the updated contract signed by Messi on November 25.

According to the report, Messi is guaranteed around €70million a year in salary and image rights with more coming from a €63.5million signing bonus and €70million “loyalty bonus” for the period of the contract which stretches to 2021.

The mind-boggling deal, revealed as part of “Football Leaks” was to offset an approach for the Argentine from great rivals Real Madrid.

The group claimed that in June 2013, an email exchange between the player’s lawyer Inigo Juarez and his father Jorge, explained that Real were prepared to shell out the €250million release clause that Messi commanded.

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