Everton's pursuit of Yerry Mina was successfully concluded today, with the Colombian defender's move from Barcelona completed ahead of the transfer deadline.
The Blues had been actively trying to sign the 23-year-old for the past few weeks but had their progress stalled by the player's own desire for Champions League football and apparent interest from Manchester United and Lyon.
Everton had an agreement in place with Barcelona for a £28m transfer with another £1m in add-one for the best part of a week but the deal dragged on while those rival clubs have made their interest known.
While the French club had drifted out the conversation over the past couple of days, it was Everton's guarantee of regular football that is reported to have tipped the scales in their favour over United.
Mina signs a five-year contract after coming through a two-phase medical in Barcelona today where Everton officials were on hand to finalise both his paperwork as well as that of midfielder André Gomes.
Mina comes to Merseyside following what was a successful World Cup campaign for him, personally, even if his country fell to England in the Round of 16. He has plenty to prove at club level, however, having largely failed to live up to the faith Barcelona instilled in him when they signed him from Palmeiras on the back of some hugely impressive form in the Brazilian league.
Despite having only made five appearances for Barça since arriving at the Nou Camp in January, the Blaugrana are content to let him go this summer for a handsome profit on the €11.8m they paid for him, albeit significantly less than the reported €100m release clause that was in his contract.
Born in Guachené, Colombia, Mina began his career at Deportivo Pasto as an 18-year-old before quickly moving on to Santa Fe, initially on a loan basis but eventually stayed there for two years before he was snapped up by Palmeiras in Brazil.
He played less than 30 times in the league for “Verdão” but, in a portent of his impact from set-pieces in Russia this summer, the 6' 5” defender scored six times. His performances attracted the attention of Barcelona, not to mention critics who foresaw a big future for the Colombian in La Liga.
Mina now gets to prove he can fulfill rich promise in the Premier League under Marco Silva's new era at Goodison Park.
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1 Posted 09/08/2018 at 08:06:09
2 Posted 09/08/2018 at 08:07:30
3 Posted 09/08/2018 at 08:08:06
Mina looks uncompromising and he appears to be ready made for the rough and tumble of the English league so lets push this through.
4 Posted 09/08/2018 at 08:32:48
Hopefully we get Zouma aswell the backline needs speed.
5 Posted 09/08/2018 at 08:34:40
6 Posted 09/08/2018 at 08:44:04
7 Posted 09/08/2018 at 08:53:41
Yes maybe Mangala of 5 years ago and a fully fit Mangala might have grown as a player but hes sadly filed under the Lacina Traore section of failed loan though injury.
Hopefully Mina can be the one we badly need in the defence right now.
8 Posted 09/08/2018 at 09:00:44
Long time no speak btw, hope youre well.
9 Posted 09/08/2018 at 09:07:44
10 Posted 09/08/2018 at 09:09:39
11 Posted 09/08/2018 at 09:48:25
12 Posted 09/08/2018 at 09:57:21
Remarkable to think that virtually a whole team will have left this summer - Rooney, Robles, Mirallas, Funes Mori, Klaasen,and Williams departed with Bolasie, Besic, Martina, Vlasic and Galloway set to go. Not a single one of these would have walked in the first team. The squad does make more sense now that it has been reduced to a manageable number.
13 Posted 09/08/2018 at 10:04:20
However what has irked me, and this is on the information being fed, that we look to be a last resort for him, I just hope he intends to give a 100%, and not do a Schneiderlin.
14 Posted 09/08/2018 at 10:11:33
15 Posted 09/08/2018 at 10:26:32
Not sure about the 'arse wiggle' dance thing, but if he does sign, and does it regularly for us, it would mean he has scored, so I will settle for that.😋
17 Posted 09/08/2018 at 10:46:16
Its 7:40pm her in OZ - 10:40 UK time so I am hoping when I wake up tomorrow morning this deal and Bernard is over the line. Maybe we will get our 2nd centre back as well?
If so I will be made up because we will have the makings of a proper football team. Fingers crossed.
Hope things go well for you and your family tomorrow Steve. I loved my dad too and that, I can assure you, endures and grows after the sorrow subsides.
18 Posted 09/08/2018 at 10:52:52
19 Posted 09/08/2018 at 11:10:37
20 Posted 09/08/2018 at 11:49:39
21 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:05:45
22 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:06:49
Thanks for your lovely comments Laurie.
23 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:10:37
24 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:10:52
25 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:11:27
26 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:14:19
27 Posted 09/08/2018 at 12:43:28
Even with his signing I think that we are short. I would have liked two CBs ideally. Jagss desire is still there but the body is not matching it. Mason is young and has an injury.
As a bonus, Mina will strike the fear of god into opposition defenders. He will be a towering colossus waiting to connect with Siggys corners and free kicks. Hes young and raw and talented. He wont be perfect.
28 Posted 09/08/2018 at 14:21:06
If only some of the incomings and outgoings reported, do actually happen by close of business, what a great job M & M have done. They had an ENORMOUS task when they arrived. They seem to have made big big efforts to strengthen in the areas of the pitch most needed and agreed by most of us long ago. They have done so well to move on the players they have already, as, to find takers for some of our - let's just say - 'lack lustre' performers must not have been easy.
For those Evertonians who have been complaining about how long it takes for us to complete a signing - unfair criticism I feel. Many clubs have just the same hurdles to overcome. Even our neighbours had to wait half a season for Van Dyke and maybe a whole year for Keita. So we are not alone in deals taking time. I applaud the efforts of M & M just on the basis of who they have moved out, which of course, makes wiggle room for those they want in. I look forward with cautious optimism to the coming season, but with realistic expectations. Developing, nurturing and building are all words I have heard Silva use, which I like a lot. I am happy to be patient, and not even expect a top 6 place this season, as long as we seem to be improving our style & quality of football and 'having a go' in every game.
So, hi ho Silva away !!! ( Suppose most of you are too young to remember the Lone Ranger !?!)
Here's to a season of happy, positive posts on ToffeeWeb, because we can all see improvement and progression in our team and club.
29 Posted 09/08/2018 at 14:21:48
30 Posted 09/08/2018 at 14:40:46
31 Posted 09/08/2018 at 16:58:53
32 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:14:06
33 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:14:25
34 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:17:03
Hopefully no more Keystone Kops defending!
M&M, had a plan and credit where its due. At last there's signs of a plan and stratedgy for Everton.
35 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:18:50
36 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:20:15
Always worry when we buy players after two or three performances; would much rather we scouted them properly to see how they perform over a season as a league rather than international player.
I am also wondering if that commitment to playing time has made its way in to his contract and that if he does prove to be a poor performer whether we can actually drop him.
All that said, it is a good we got a new centre half and with the other two signings may be we can start to pull together the kinds of performance that will both excite and get us the wins we need. First home game is looking exciting :)
37 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:35:13
38 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:37:06
39 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:37:26
I think it is going to take a few months for this lot to gel though we should not expect instant results
40 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:37:56
41 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:41:46
If Zouma does come in, then that is a defense the no striker will enjoy playin against.
42 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:47:18
To be fair, Besic is one of the very few who is not on a massive contract. I believe it's about £30-35k, which is peanuts compared to most of our squad, Bolasie included. Even Championship teams could afford him. And he is pretty effective at that level so I'm surprised he hasn't gone.
43 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:51:57
44 Posted 09/08/2018 at 18:19:20
45 Posted 09/08/2018 at 18:19:27
I hope he does. However he's also 23, played a handful of games last season and is new to English football. He may need a while to adapt. Hopefully not.
46 Posted 09/08/2018 at 18:29:12
I remember hearing Digne saying he has played centre-half in a 3 before so he'll be the occasional left-footer there I guess if we switch to 3 at the back, and push the Boys from Brazil into wingback positions to frighten the life out of opposition full-backs
47 Posted 09/08/2018 at 18:34:05
48 Posted 09/08/2018 at 18:42:39
49 Posted 09/08/2018 at 18:44:12
I don't like the idea of the buyback clause but £60m double bubble seems fair enough.
50 Posted 09/08/2018 at 18:53:15
Potential starting 11:
Coleman Zouma Mina Baines
Walcott Tosun Richarlison
Options from the bench: Bernard, Lookman, DCL, Niasse, Baines
51 Posted 09/08/2018 at 19:09:22
My only concern is whether he has the pace to deal with quick forwards, lets hope them long legs do the business.
52 Posted 09/08/2018 at 19:50:49
53 Posted 09/08/2018 at 20:04:18
54 Posted 09/08/2018 at 20:46:17
He also said he is too small to be a good CB. Lets play players in their best positions and play him at LB.
He should be first choice this season as Baines is not as mobile as he once was.
55 Posted 09/08/2018 at 21:07:18
56 Posted 09/08/2018 at 22:06:28
Delighted hes signed and really hope Zouma signed too
Were only missing a top class striker now but I wont be greedy. Really really pleased
Well done M&M
57 Posted 09/08/2018 at 22:22:12
58 Posted 09/08/2018 at 22:45:24
Can't argue with that really.
59 Posted 10/08/2018 at 04:59:02
60 Posted 10/08/2018 at 10:51:43
Its clever of Barca although 60m is double the money Everton paid.
Im excited for the new season and hopefully Silva can quickly gel the new squad.
61 Posted 10/08/2018 at 10:54:20
The buy back clause is clause they can trigger themselves? Not a “first right to refuse” clause?
63 Posted 10/08/2018 at 12:46:33
64 Posted 10/08/2018 at 12:47:36
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