The World Cup effect
Everton director of football Marcel Brands has been speaking about his first transfer window at the club and has opened up over their pursuit of Yerry Mina.
The Colombian impressed at the World Cup, scoring three goals in his first three World Cup games, a competition record for a defender.
That meant that other clubs would be looking into signing him and while it looked as though his performances were what convinced Everton to move for him, they weren’t.
Marcel Brands has now revealed that the club was actually looking to sign him from the day he came into the club, July 1st.
That meant that the club ideally didn’t want the player to do well in the World Cup and Brands has revealed that he was not happy when Mina scored against England.
“S**t, he’s scored”
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Brands explained that he, majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri, Marco Silva and chairman Bill Kenwright watched the game in London.
He knew as soon as Mina had scored, negotiations with Barcelona would get that little bit tougher.
“With the central defender, from the beginning, we had Mina on our list and Lenglet on our list but he went to Barcelona quite early in the market so it was quite simple for us: go for Mina,” he explained.
“And, honestly, I was watching England v Colombia in the house of Farhad with the chairman and Marco and I said: “S**t, he’s scored”.
“Because that makes it more difficult for us and especially as it came against England, so that was double s**t.
“You go through those kind of things in the market, it’s like it is.”