As per a report from Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona defender Yerry Mina is on the verge of a move to Premier League giants Manchester United.
Mina, a 23-year-old central defender with 15 international caps (and 6 goals) for Colombia to his name, had been labelled a star of the future in South America for some time before his move from Palmeiras to Barcelona in January, and was named the best defender in the Brazilian top-flight in 2016.
A long-held agreement between the Blaugrana and Palmeiras saw Barca activate a 15 million Euro clause in the stopper’s contract during the winter transfer market, with Mina’s move to the Camp Nou having been made official on the 11th of January:
— FC Barcelona 🏆🏆 (@FCBarcelona) January 11, 2018
However, Mina’s time in Catalunya has since proven to be a major disappointment, with the South American having managed just 6 appearances across all competitions (4 starts) over the second-half of the campaign, looking some way short of the prodigious talent that he had previously been touted as in Brazil.
As such, the stopper has already been linked with an imminent exit from the Camp Nou, with the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham, Borussia Dortmund and Fenerbahce just a few of the numerous clubs to have been impressed by Mina’s performances at the World Cup.
The last couple of weeks saw a new contender, in the form of Premier League outfit Everton, named as the favourites to secure a deal for Mina, though, with reliable Spanish journalist Gerard Romero having confirmed last month that the Toffees were ‘the side that like the Colombian the most’:
— Gerard Romero (@gerardromero) July 17, 2018
But, after multiple reports in Spain over the weeks since suggested that Manchester United had joined the rake of clubs expressing an interest in Mina’s services, the aforementioned update from Mundo Deportivo this evening has gone a step further, by claiming that a deal to send the stopper to Old Trafford is as good as done.
MD’s report states that United and Mina have already reached an agreement on personal terms, and that all that is left, following 10 days of negotiations, is for the Premier League outfit to close a deal with Barca.
There is still some haggling to be done over the transfer fee, but, with United ‘Head of Corporate Development’ Matt Judge rumoured to be in Catalunya at present in the hopes of clinching a definitive agreement, the deal to send Mina to Manchester is now labelled as in its ‘final stage’.