Yerry Mina will reportedly leave Everton this summer as the club look to recoup some of the money they spent to sign the defender four years ago.
The 27-year-old cost the Toffees around €30m when he switched Barcelona for Goodison Park in the summer of 2018. The Colombia international had been at the Nou Camp for just six months after joining Barca from Palmeiras in January 2018. Much was expected of the South American when he arrived on Merseyside.
But he has made just 91 appearances in all competitions, with injuries taking their toll. The former Santa Fe stopper spent a great deal of time on the treatment table in 2021-2022.
He was seen only 13 times in the Premier League, making 11 starts as calf and thigh problems hampered his progress. The man with 39 Colombia caps has only one year left on his current Everton deal.
And the north-west outfit need to act sooner rather than later to avoid losing him for nothing in 12 months time. According to TuttoMercatoWeb, that is exactly what they have done, with Mina ‘officially’ on the transfer market.
There has been no word on the possibility of a new deal at Goodison and so a summer departure makes sense. The centre-back’s former agent Mario Mauri recently suggested that Mina is keen to move to Italy.
And Inter are said to hold an interest in the giant defender. But the report does not mention which clubs might be keen.
Mina won’t break the bank
Everton secured their top-flight survival with one match of the campaign remaining. It was touch-and-go at one stage but positive results when they needed them most saved their skin.
Frank Lampard will want to make sure his side is not in the same position in 2022-2023. And, with that in mind, the former Chelsea chief has been tipped to freshen up his squad during the off-season.
There will be departures and news that James Tarkowski is on the radar might hasten Mina’s exit. The Italian outlet is suggesting that the Guachene-born ace has been priced at just €15m.
But the report claims Everton are likely to listen to offers below that figure in order to move him on. He is one of the club’s highest earners and the Toffees may want him off the wage bill to make room for new stars.
Mina is an undoubted talent but his fragile body means he does not play often enough. Lampard needs a rearguard that he can trust week in week out, and Mina does not fall into that category.