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One winner and loser as Everton close in on Yerry Mina

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One winner and loser as Everton close in on Yerry Mina

Marco Silva is set to land another defender from Barcelona.

Everton look set to bolster their defence with the addition of Barcelona’s Colombia international Yerry Mina on Deadline Day.

Sky Sports reports that the central defender is undergoing a medical in Spain ahead of a switch to Goodison Park, where he will follow former team-mate Lucas Digne to Merseyside.

He will arrive to bolster Marco Silva’s defensive line ahead of his first campaign with the Toffees and will provide an impact to the squad, with both positive and negative repercussions.

Here, we have identified one winner and loser from the imminent arrival.

Winner: Michael Keane

Signed from Burnley last summer, the 25-year-old defender arrived at Goodison Park as a highly-rated player who had pushed his way into the England set-up but he has fallen down the pecking order in Gareth Southgate’s squad in the past 12 months.

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Keane missed just eight Premier League matches in his debut season on Merseyside and having a strong, established central defensive partner alongside him should help the four-cap player to return to his best form and possibly force his way back into the England set-up.

 

With Mina still just 23, this could end up being the long-term partnership for the Toffees at Goodison Park and the pair could thrive in front of Jordan Pickford.

Loser: Tyias Browning

Now 24, Tyias Browning is approaching the age where he would have been hoping to get regular first-team experience at Everton but the signing of Mina could push him out of the picture entirely, as he has just seven Premier League appearances in six years.

Spending last year on-loan with Sunderland, suffering relegation from the Championship, the Liverpool Echo reported last month that Browning would seek another loan move this season – but it now may be time to consider a permanent exit.

Having signed a new two-and-a-half-year contract in January 2017 before joining Preston, Browning’s current deal expires next summer.

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