Despite finishing runners-up last season, Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United were no match to their ‘noisy neighbors’ Manchester City who sealed a record-breaking Premier League triumph under charismatic Pep Guardiola. The Red Devils, therefore, are thriving to reclaim the lost glory in English football and are attempting last-gasp business work before 9th August’s deadline.
They have been linked to a move for £65m-rated Leicester City defender Harry Maguire who performed exceptionally well for the Three Lions in World Cup, but the Foxes’ determination of keeping hold of their star performer has now forced United to switch sights elsewhere.
If reports are believed to be true, the English giants are now eyeing a swoop for Barcelona centre-back Yerry Mina, the 23-year-old Colombian, who enjoyed a scintillating run of form in Russia where he not only maintained defensive resilience but also exhibited his scoring ability from set-pieces. The Catalans, however, roped him in from Palmeiras last season for £10m but lack of opportunities under Ernesto Valverde and the latest inclusion of Clement Lenglet from Sevilla make him surplus to requirements at Camp Nou. Mina is valued at around £30m and the youngster, 6 ft 4 in, is tipped to be unveiled at Old Trafford as their fourth summer signing after Fred and Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant.
Everton, meanwhile, have also inquired about his availability but shifted their focus to United outcast Marcos Rojo, thus, paving the way for United to rope Mina in. Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly have been subjected to criticism due to inconsistency whereas Phil Jones, the veteran Englishman, has struggled through injuries time and again. The young centre-back will provide depth as well as quality to their backline and pose an aerial threat while attacking from set-piece situations. Mina has a long career road ahead of him and should be handed opportunities to settle in the English environment.