Manchester United eye deal for Barcelona’s Yerry Mina

Manchester United are exploring the possibility of a deal for Barcelona centre-back Yerry Mina.

The 23-year-old Colombia international has been moved up United’s list of options as Leicester’s Harry Maguire and Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham are considered over-priced.

Barcelona want around £30million for Mina and have interest from Everton though the player is reluctant to go to Goodison just months after joining Barcelona.

Should he leave he wants to join a Champions League club.  Lyon have also expressed interest but fear Mina is holding on for United to make an offer.

United returned on Wednesday from their tour of the USA while Barcelona were in Dallas. However, a United delegation is expected to meet up with Barcelona officials in Spain on Thursday to go over the possible figures.

Jose Mourinho wants a dominant centre-back yet while initial reports on Mina at Palmeiras were promising, his form was very erratic for Barcelona last season.

That prompted the club to upgrade to Sevilla’s Clement Lenglet, ironically a player scouted by United last season.

United may yet offload Marcos Rojo to Everton to help offset their spending, though talks on that move are still in the early stages, but many within the club don’t see Mina as being any better than the defenders they already have.

Everton are understood to have offered £26m for Mina and, while Barcelona officials have heard of United interest, they had not considered it to be serious.

He made just six appearances for Barcelona last season after joining for £11m in January.

United play Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on Sunday in their final warm-up game before beginning the Premier League season with a Friday night home game against Leicester on August 10.

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