Bit of a strange rumour this. Apparently Everton could be looking to move on from Yerry Mina just one season in after signing him from Barcelona for a princely sum of €30.25 million. The Colombian defender had only spent seven months in Catalunya before Barca chose to move on from him.
Mina hadn’t featured much after fellow last day addition Kurt Zouma settled into a comfortable centrehalf pairing with MIchael Keane. He featured in a total 15 games, including two in the FA Cup, but also struggled with fitness issues.
The 24-year-old joined the Blues carrying a foot injury that kept him out until mid-October, then picked up a hamstring ailment where he lost close to another seven weeks.
Take this with the obligatory pinch of salt, but Turkish outlet Takvim (via Sport Witness) are claiming that the Blues have entered into negotiations over the giant defender with Fenerbahce, who are looking to add a centrehalf this summer. Mina signed a five year deal last summer and would leave the club on a season’s loan should this go through.
If this is real, then it would be a stunningly quick proclamation of making a transfer window mistake last summer, and arguably the the only one since Marcel Brands took over as Director of Football. Yet, if indeed the club has decided that Mina’s immediate future lies elsewhere then it is laudable that they are moving as quickly as they are to clear the decks for the arrival of another player or three.
Captain Phil Jagielka left the club and if Kurt Zouma cannot return to the Toffees on loan (or permanently), then Michael Keane and Mason Holgate will be the only recognized centrehalves in the squad. That is not the kind of situation Everton will be looking to create without having inked at least two players for the position.