Barcelona defender Yerry Mina’s agent has urged the Catalan giants to make their stance clear on the player’s future at the club, according to MundoDeportivo.

The Colombia international only joined the La Liga outfit in January – but a lack of playing time and the arrival of former Sevilla man Clement Lenglet has alerted many clubs in Europe to the potential availability of the 23-year-old.

Everton and Manchester United are said to lead the English charge for his signature, with serious interest also coming from Ligue 1 side Lyon.

The Toffees have cash to spend this summer, already highlighted by the £50 million arrival of Richarlison from Watford.

With Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines coming towards the end of their careers and Ashley Williams out on loan at Stoke City, boss Marco Silva will be determined to bring in a strong, no-nonsense centre-half – and Mina certainly fits that bill.

What will worry the blue half of Merseyside, though, is the fact that Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho is after the exact same type of player.

The former Porto manager has voiced his frustration many times in pre-season about the Old Trafford outfit’s inability to get deals over the line, with central midfielder Fred the only big name to arrive this summer.

United looked weak at the back for large parts of last year – and there are no signs to suggest they will be any better this campaign.

Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young – both ageing, converted wingers – start at full back, while England internationals Phil Jones and Chris Smalling have both failed to take numerous chances to show they are capable of playing at the highest level.

Victor Lindelof struggled to settle during his first season in England, while stand-out central defender Eric Bailly struggled with injury for large parts of the campaign.

If United seriously want to challenge for honours this season, defence is an area they simply must address – and agreeing a deal for Mina would go a long way towards accomplishing those goals.


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