Reports suggest Everton want to sign Colombia’s Yerry Mina, and the towering defender could form quite the partnership alongside Michael Keane.
According to The Liverpool Echo, Mina is wanted by the Toffees and they have actually already made contact with Barcelona over a deal for the World Cup star.
Liverpool have also been linked with a move for Mina, as Jürgen Klopp searches desperately for a reliable partner to play alongside Virgil van Dijk.
The Reds of course have more financial power than the Toffees, and they need to buff up their defensive ranks to have any chance of competing with Manchester City next season.
The Catalan club only signed the giant centre back in January, but limited first team opportunities and a move for Sevilla defender Clement Lenglet could force the him out already.
Mina is only 23, but the 6 ft 5 defender scored three times this summer for Colombia, including the late equaliser to force extra time in the defeat to England.
Everton recently sold Ramiro Funes Mori, and Phil Jagielka’s age and Mason Holgate’s inexperience means there is certainly room for a new partner for Keane.
The first thing that jumps out about Mina is his incredible threat from set pieces, and his stats with Palmeiras show his impressive return at the World Cup wasn’t a one-off. He scored eight times in 33 appearances for the Brazilian club before his big move to Barcelona.
He hasn’t been able to force his way into the Barcelona defence, but that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t excel in England, as his style of play is actually more suited to the Premier League than La Liga.
Valued at £8.1m by Transfermarkt, he is incredibly strong, but also possesses surprising pace for such a big defender, an absolutely necessity in the world’s fastest league.
His defensive stats at Barcelona certainly don’t jump off the page, but that’s hardly surprising given how much they dominate the ball. His performances alongside Davinson Sanchez this summer have been sensational, winning nearly five aerial duels per game, 1.3 tackles, one interception and a simply ridiculous seven clearances per game.
The cliché of “good feet for a big man” also applies, boasting a 93 per cent pass success rate for Barcelona this season and 89 per cent at the World Cup, meaning he could help build out from the back for Marco Silva’s attack-minded system.
Keane would also benefit from his arrival, as he seems to excel playing alongside a dominant leader, and Mina would bring a hell of a lot of muscle and grit to the Toffees’ defence. It would also be a great chance for the Blues to get one over on their red neighbours.
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