Transfer negotiations simply aren’t merry affairs. When teams like Manchester United are part of the equation, demands seem to flare up quite high. This doesn’t bode well with regard to the side’s existing woes in the transfer market.
Jose Mourinho is said to be in a foul mood regarding the club’s numerous failed deals so far this window, with an inability to land an adequate centre-back topping that particular frustration.
However, the most recent update regarding a player who was thought to be very much on his way to Old Trafford may just worry Mourinho more.
According to The Sun, Yerry Mina’s agent has caused Manchester United to end all negotiations for the Barcelona defender. The report states that in a meeting between Ed Woodward’s right-hand man Matthew Judge and Mina’s agent Felipe Ruso, things didn’t go as planned.
While it was initially reported that United had agreed to personal terms for the 23-year-old Columbian, the meeting involved new terms being introduced by the player’s agent, particularly relating to an increase in the sum being paid to Mina as well as a change in the cut that he himself would make from the deal.
As of such, a Saturday deadline was believed to have been set by the Mancunian giants, and having passed that, the higher-ups at United ended all negotiations.
This leaves Mourinho in a spot of some worry, as Mina was supposed to be the assured backup in case the Alderweireld deal didn’t go through.
While recent renewed hope does exist for the Belgian international moving to Old Trafford, the few days left in the window do raise serious questions. Further, some queries will also be asked regarding the rapport shared between Mourinho and Woodward.
The erstwhile firm transfer mastermind has so far only delivered Fred this window, despite this period marked to be one where United were predicted to go all-out.