Manchester United pull the plug on Yerry Mina pursuit

Mina could be on his way to Old Trafford

Mina could be on his way to Old Trafford

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.

Alderweireld has always been manager Jose Mourinho's top target to strengthen the centre of defence, but Daniel Levy's reputation as a tough negotiator, especially with United, has once again proven to be the case.

Yerry Mina was purchased from Palmeiras in Brazil in January by Barcelona, but has found game time rather hard to come by and with the purchase of Lenglet, Mina finds himself even lower down the pecking order at the Spanish club.

Everton new boy Lucas Digne has a message for Barcelona star Yerry Mina - forget Manchester United and join him at Goodison Park.

The negotiations have played out publicly, with United using links with Harry Maguire and more recently Yerry Mina to try and bargain with their Premier League rivals.

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The report claims that Everton have agreed a £28.4m transfer fee and only minor details of the transfer now need to be finalised.

Mina scored three goals in the World Cup, including the late equaliser that sent their last-16 tie with England to extra-time.

Manchester United were initially linked with Alderweireld but Spurs' asking price of £75m proved a big stumbling block. The mess has left Everton free to swoop in and acquire one of their major summer targets with Director of Football, Marcel Brands, and the new manager, Marco Silva, working together to get the deal finished quickly.

Everton have been chasing the signature of Mina since his exploits at the World Cup and appear to have stolen a march on the likes of Manchester United in the race to sign him.

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