A week ago, the media was rife with reports indicating that Manchester United were in discussions with Yerry Mina and his representatives ahead of a proposed summer move.
The switch failed to materialise, and now, The Sunday Times has revealed that the Red Devils hierarchy decided to pull out of the deal due to both the terms offered by the defender’s representatives as well as his then parent club, FC Barcelona.
As last Thursday’s transfer deadline loomed, the Mancunian outfit attempted to bring in a number of centre-backs. The reported shopping list included the likes of Mina, Spurs’ Toby Alderweireld, and Atletico Madrid star Diego Godin.
However, the report suggests that last year’s Premier League runners-up only enquired about Atletico’s 32-year-old Uruguayan centre-back after snags occurred in the Mina negotiations.
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The source further reveals that Manchester United bosses were not willing to accept Barcelona‘s request for a buyback clause being installed into the agreement for Mina – a common theme in most of the Catalans’ dealings.
In addition, the Old Trafford chiefs were also left unimpressed with the structure of fees set out by the 23-year-old’s agent, and indeed his overall attitude during talks, while also refusing to make midfielder Andre Gomes a part of the transaction.
Meanwhile, for Everton, who have already acted as developmental grounds for misfits in the Barcelona setup, a clause of this nature was only natural while negotiating with the Spanish giants.
Therefore, unlike Manchester United, the Toffees were not against including the aforementioned buyback clause at an amount of €60m (£53.6m).
Despite an impressive World Cup, Mina failed to shine at the Camp Nou during his debut season last year. Now, growing pains and acclimatization to the pace of the league stand in his way of the player’s inaugural campaign at Goodison Park.
Everton also accepted a season-long loan deal for Andre Gomes from the Catalonians. The central midfielder needs some seasoning before becoming capable of starting on a regular basis at Barca.