Yerry Mina would be better value for money than Maguire for Manchester United

According to Spanish paper Sport, Manchester United are ready to make an offer for Barcelona centre-back Yerry Mina if they can’t secure the signing of Harry Maguire from Leicester.

What’s the story?

Sport reports that United have asked Yerry Mina to delay his decision on a potential £27m move to Everton while they continue to negotiate with Leicester for Maguire.

The 23-year-old only joined Barcelona in January this year but failed to replace either Gerard Pique or Samuel Umtiti at the heart of the Catalan defence. After his impressive performances for his native Colombia at this summer’s World Cup though he has attracted interest from a number of clubs across Europe.

Mina scored three headed goals in Russia, including a last minute equaliser against England in the round of 16 tie that the Three Lions went on to win on penalties.

Value for money

harry maguire takes a selfie

The Daily Express has reported that United are willing to pay £65m for England’s World Cup cult hero Maguire, but that Leicester are still reluctant to sell after also parting with Riyad Mahrez this summer.

However, if 6ft 4in Mina is available for over half of that fee, Jose Mourinho would be wise to target the Barcelona man. His three goals at the World Cup, as well as his impressive defensive performances prove that he can perform on the biggest stage.

His performances at his previous club Palmeiras in Brazil were also clearly enough for Barca to spend £10.5m on the centre-back and offer him a five and a half year contract, but despite that he would seem to be available this summer.