Manchester United was in the lead for the Barcelona star, but it looks like a Premier League rival has out-raced them to his signature.
The Red Devils and Jose Mourinho are looking for reinforcements, as they look to push on for the Premier League title in the former Chelsea boss’ third season at Old Trafford. And with Barcelona looking to sell the star, six months on and with his market value skyrocketing thanks to the World Cup, Mourinho was keen to have the star.
However, now it looks like Everton have pipped Manchester United to Yerry Mina, with reports indicating that the club from Merseyside and Barcelona have finally come to an agreement. They were the front-runners for the Colombian international but things petered out with Barcelona refusing to reduce the asking price for Marco Silva’s top target. This allowed Manchester United and their overflowing cash reserves to take the lead, with West Ham, Lyon and a few others joining the race for the outcast.
But Barcelona’s asking price at €35 million seems to have driven away most of Mina’s suitors with even Manchester United and their overflowing cash reserves, chasing after a more Premier League proved player in Toby Alderweireld. And with Everton signing Lucas Digne from Barcelona, it seems that the two clubs combined with Digne’s input, have finally come to an agreement for the 6 foot 5 centre-back, according to reports from Goal.com.
The 23-year-old joined Barcelona in January for a fee of just over 10 million but only went on to make around 6 appearances for the Catalan giants. Now with Barcelona signing Clement Lenglet, their original target and Samuel Umtiti signing a lengthy new extension, the La Liga champions have no place for the Colombian international.
Yerry Mina should become a key star in Marco Silva’s Everton side, especially given the former Watford boss’ options. Other than Ashley Williams, 35-year-old Phil Jagielka and youngster Matthew Pennington, Silva has no-one else. Mina on the other hand, has shown his quality and his eye for goal will certainly help out in dire times.