Everton are close to completing the €32 million signing of Barcelona defender Yerry Mina according to reports in Spain.
The Colombia centre-half only moved to the Nou Camp back in January but looks like making a quick fire exit having failed to dislodge the first choice pairing of Samuel Umtiti and Gerard Pique.
Not only has there been a lack of first team opportunities at the Nou Camp, but La Liga rules limiting each team to just three non EU players seems like being the key reason he is set to leave.
While Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez have Spanish and Italian passports respectively, the La Liga champions have Philippe Coutinho, as well as new signings Arthur, Malcom and Arturo Vidal, all hailing from South America.
Mina, who had a string of impressive performances for Colombia at the World Cup – scoring three goals – has been linked with a move to Everton for a number of weeks. However, reports recently had suggested that he was actually on his way to Manchester United, who had been struggling to secure a deal for their primary targets Harry Maguire and Toby Alderweireld.
It has been claimed that Jose Mourinho’s side have now reached a breakthrough regarding the transfer of Alderweireld, as well as growing frustrated with the demands of Mina’s agent, prompting them to pull out of the deal.
Now, Spanish publication Sport claim that Everton have reached a deal for the defender, who will sign a five-year deal with the Merseyside club.
The Blues have already successfully concluded a deal with Barcelona this summer to sign left-back Lucas Digne, as new boss Marco Silva looks to improve on what was a miserable campaign for Evertonians last time out under Sam Allardyce.
The former Watford boss has already allowed Ashley Williams leave the club, moving to Stoke City on a season-long loan.