Yerry Mina has revealed that Everton’s ambition was a key factor in him arriving on a five-year deal from Barcelona.
The Colombia defender, a league winner in Brazil with Palmeiras, has signed on a permanent deal, believed to be in the region of £27million.
Mina, 23, who was linked with Manchester United, was swayed by Marco Silva’s plans for the club.
“It is important that the club want to fight for something,” Mina told evertontv. “This is why I am here.
“I have watched the Premier League for a long time. It is the best league in the world. This is a great opportunity for me and I am looking forward to competing here.
“I know about Everton’s players and I look forward to being able to play with my new team. I have spoken a lot to the coach and I know his passion for Everton and determination to be successful. I am also determined to do my best for Everton.”
Everton manager Marco Silva said: “Mina is a quality player, a good defender, strong in the challenge and in the duels. He has good knowledge of the position he plays and he is good on the ball as well. He will contribute in the build-up play and will also be very strong at defensive and offensive set-pieces.”
Everton have also added Portugal midfielder Andre Gomes from Barcelona on a season-long loan deal.
“I’m delighted to sign for this fantastic club – it’s a good day for me,” said Gomes.
“Everton always was a big option for me, especially after speaking with the coach, Marco Silva. Every discussion we’ve had was very important in making me feel his confidence about my game.
“Everybody in Portugal knows how Marco Silva works and his abilities as a coach.”