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Everton target Cristian Zapata shouldn’t block Yerry Mina path

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Everton target Cristian Zapata shouldn’t block Yerry Mina path

Everton are reportedly interested in snapping up Serie A enforcer Cristian Zapata this summer.

According to CalcioMercato, the defender will leave current side AC Milan at the end of the season when his contract at the San Siro expires.

The report details that Everton and Watford are keen on the 32-year-old centre-back, while Fenerbahce and Flamengo also circling for him.

Zapata is an experienced defender that has proven himself to be a consistent performer in Serie A and could be a sensible free transfer for the Toffees in the summer.

The 32-year-old has 56 international caps for Colombia and would add some real experience to Marco Silva’s squad.

 

But Zapata should arrive as a back-up option and certainly not block the path of compatriot Yerry Mina.

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Mina had an underwhelming first season on Merseyside following his £27.19million (BBC) arrival last summer from Barcelona.

The powerful centre-back made just 15 appearances across all competitions, where injuries and form didn’t help him find some consistent form.

But he showed in the 2018 World Cup with Colombia what a talent he is and he deserves a real shot in the XI next year.

With Kurt Zouma’s loan expiring at Everton, it makes sense to pair Mina with Michael Keane in the heart of defence next season.

Mina, 24, has all the traits to be successful in England and needs a proper crack next year under Silva.

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