Reports this week have suggested that Everton have joined the list of clubs looking to sign Colombian star Yerry Mina from Barcelona this summer.
The Liverpool Echo reports that Everton have already contacted Barcelona about a move for the World Cup star, who equalised in the final minute of Colombia’s tie with England recently.
Everton are in the hunt for a new centre-back and the Colombian seems to have become the number one target. Goal.com have now suggested Everton made an offer for the player in the region of €24 million (£21.2 million).
Mina, who is also wanted by a host of other European clubs, would be a fantastic recruit for Everton.
But there is one thing about buying players from Barcelona that Everton will need to be wary of. Whilst not yet reported it is highly likely that Barcelona will insist on a buy-back clause for the Colombian.
The club needs to sell a non-EU player this summer, hence the reason behind Mina’s shock availability.
But, long-term, Barcelona will not want to be without the player. Buy-back clauses are common with Barcelona players. Everton knows this first hand. Gerard Deulofeu had one in his contract at Goodison Park which Barca exercised in 2017.
Barca are surely likely to want one inserted into any deal for Mina, which will give them the right to repurchase him at some point in the future.
Of course, Everton would be handsomely compensated for any deal. But the club needs to ask themselves if they want a player on their books who could jump ship at any given moment.
If it is a risk they are willing to take, then Everton should accept any terms Barca offer. If not they must negotiate for no buy-back, or move on to another central defensive target.