Manchester United’s search for a defender this summer was extremely embarrassing. However, it has been revealed that they actually turned down to the chance to sign Yerry Mina.
Manchester United came within an inch of signing Barcelona’s towering Colombian defender Yerry Mina on deadline day — and Jose Mourinho even called him personally.
Jose Mourinho held conversations with Yerry Mina and his representatives ahead of a proposed move to Manchester United this summer; however, the Red Devils hierarchy decided to pull out of the deal due to both the player’s and club’s terms, according to reports.
As last Thursday’s transfer deadline loomed, the Manchester outfit attempted to lure a number of centre-backs to the club, including Barcelona’s Colombian defender and Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin.
Despite United holding talks with Barcelona over the Colombia international, he ended up sealing a deadline day move to Everton instead for £27million, as reported by BBC Sport.
The Times, however, claim that the Red Devils pulled out of talks for four reasons: they weren’t happy at Barca’s insistence over a buy-back clause, they didn’t like the structure of fees being demanded, nor the overall behaviour of the player’s agent, and they also didn’t want Andre Gomes as part of the deal.
While Everton are thought to have agreed to that particular clause, just like they did when they signed Gerard Deulofeu from the Catalan club in 2015, Manchester United were not interested and pulled away from negotiations.
And although the Red Devils still need reinforcements in defence, as was shown as Mourinho’s men once again relied heavily on the heroics of David de Gea during their opening day win over Leicester City on Friday, there is still hope January may bring with it an arrival of more assured quality.
Mina looks a promising addition for Everton based on his form for Colombia at this summer’s World Cup, though he’d struggled to impress at Barcelona. As far as Manchester United is concerned, they cannot rely only on de Gea to save them. They need to defend well otherwise a really tough season beckons them.