From France: Barcelona defender Yerry Mina closer to joining Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Barcelona defender is closer to joining Manchester United than Everton or any other potential suitor, according to reports from France.

Jose Mourinho has placed emphasis on targeting Harry Maguire and Toby Alderweireld during the latter stages of the transfer window as he looks to further bolster his back line.

And Mina, who scored three goals in an excellent World Cup with Colombia, has also emerged as an alternative option for Man United.

According to French media outlet RMC Sport, Mina has attracted attention from Everton but is odds on to complete a move to Old Trafford instead, and could be signed for just €30m.

Mina is a strange target for the simple reason that he almost certainly wasn’t on the club’s radar before the World Cup. The 23-year-old was an outcast at Barcelona last season – despite only joining in January – with manager Ernesto Valverde lacking trust in his composure and execution at the back.

At the World Cup, however, it was like a new player emerged. Mina was imposing, athletic, fearless, useful in possession, a leader. Mourinho may believe that those couple of weeks in Russia, where the defender emerged as the side’s unlikely star, saw Mina grow into a defender worth pursuing.

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