Colombian international Yerry Mina has caught a lot of attention for some stellar performances in this summer’s World Cup, and now reports are claiming Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is intrigued by the idea of the centre back joining his side next season.
According to a story by Turkish outlet Fotomac, as reported by Sports Witness, Liverpool have entered the race to sign the Barcelona defender and will compete with Süper Lig giants Fernabache to acquire the 23-year-old’s signature.
Another challenge the Reds will face in the race to sign Mina is the fact he only signed for Barcelona six months ago and is contracted at the Nou Camp until 2023.
Despite this, Liverpool are certainly in the market for a central defender, especially one with the talent Mina possesses and the fact he is still only 23 years of age means he has the time to develop into an even more well-rounded player.
The Reds will be wary about the “World Cup curse”, however, as it was not long ago where they signed Serbian winger Milan Jovanovic after his impressive tournament outing, only for the move to dramatically not work out for either party.
Nevertheless, Mina certainly fits the bill for the type of defender Jurgen Klopp likes to have at the heart of his defence.
He is 6ft 5, powerful and got an eye for goal, something he demonstrated in Colombia’s World Cup group game’s where he scored two headers to send his team into a last 16 tie against England.
Could Mina be the man Liverpool have been crying out for to partner their £75 million man Virgil Van Dijk? He’s certainly got the attributes and pedigree to suggest so.
It’s still unclear how much Liverpool would have to fork out for the Colombian international, however, signing Mina could end up being a very shrewd bit of business from Jurgen Klopp.