According to a report by The Sun, Manchester United have received a major blow in their pursuit of Barcelona defender Yerry Mina. The report states that the player was close to signing a huge five-year deal with the Red Devils.
However, things have fallen through and it looks unlikely that it would get solved anytime soon. As per The Sun, the £35m move did not materialise due to a disagreement regarding the agent’s fees. Mina’s adviser, Felipe Russo, “angered” United by constantly demanding increased payments.
The Sun claims that Russo has refused to lower his demands and United’s chiefs lost their patience with him. Harry Maguire and Toby Alderweireld were also targeted by United but the deals did not materialise for different reasons (h/t The Sun).
Be that as it may, Jose Mourinho‘s men are now left without a new central defender. As things stand, the Red Devils are severely short in that department. With Eric Bailly constantly out injured, the likes of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are far too inconsistent. Furthermore, Victor Lindelof failed to assimilate into the squad last season, leaving United threadbare at the heart of the defence.
Signing Mina, 23, would have solved our issues to a great extent. To be honest, signing any one of these three would have helped us ahead of the new season. But with deadline day looming ahead, the situation looks immensely grim for us.
It remains to be seen if United manage to sign a new central defender before the new season commences but it goes without saying that we are in dire need of reinforcements.