Farhad Moshiri must rue giving Marco Silva the green light to sign Yerry Mina in 2018, as Everton will reportedly look to sell the Colombian at a loss to fund Kalidou Koulibaly’s arrival.
According to Football Insider, the Toffees will listen to offers for Mina at the end of the season but expect to take a hit on the fee paid to FC Barcelona.
The 26-year-old has been a regular for Carlo Ancelotti this season, starting 19 of 24 available Premier League games, yet Everton are keen to cash-in on Mina to raise funds for the arrival of SSC Napoli centre-back Koulibaly.
Everton have made Koulibaly their top defensive target for the summer market, but face a €50m (£42.5m) asking price and potential competition from Bayern Munich and Manchester City, per La Repubblica via Football-Italia.
Ancelotti has targeted defensive reinforcements as he does not believe his current options have the ability to play together and while he is said to admire Mina’s physicality, privately has concerns that the 26-cap international is too erratic and error-prone.
The Toffees would only be expected to fetch up to £20m through Mina’s sale, and would use the funds to sign an alternative high-calibre option should Koulibaly prove out of reach.
Gianluca Mancini had been linked with a potential move to Goodison Park earlier in the month, although AS Roma have since declared the Italian non-transferable and are due to hold discussions over a new contract with the 24-year-old’s agent.
With Ancelotti seemingly in the market for a new centre-half who can better complement his other current options of Michael Keane, Ben Godfrey and Mason Holgate, selling Mina would make a great deal of sense for Everton given the Italian’s alleged concerns.
Ancelotti’s supposed issues with Mina being error-prone and erratic also do not sit well with the 6 ft 4 enforcer being Everton’s joint-highest earner, with the injury-prone Colombian and Bernard both on £120,000-per-week deals, per Spotrac figures.
Moshiri will no doubt rue the prospect of the Toffees parting with Mina for a significant loss, however, so will likely urge Brands to take his time in finding a suitor willing to pay as close to the £27m sent to Barcelona three-years ago.
But the Blues owner will be kicking himself most of all for sanctioning Silva’s swoop to make Mina one of his first arrivals at Goodison Park, having potentially seen £24.5m go to waste.
With Everton only expected to make £20m from Mina’s sale, £7m will have gone down the drain before accounting for the £17.5m that the defender will have earned by the final game of the Premier League season away to Manchester City in May.
It will have been 145 weeks since Mina’s arrival on Merseyside when the Blues travel to the Etihad Stadium to close out the campaign, seeing that he will have earned close to what Everton paid Barcelona for Lucas Digne (£18m).