Manchester United Reportedly Target £35M Deal for Barcelona's Yerry Mina

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 29, 2018

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 20: Yerry Fernando Mina of FC Barcelona in action during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Real Sociedad at Camp Nou on May 20, 2018 in Barcelona, . (Photo by Power Sport Images/Getty Images)
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Manchester United have reportedly switched their attention to Barcelona defender Yerry Mina after baulking at Leicester City's valuation of Harry Maguire and are "planning a £35 million move" for the Colombia international.

The Sun's Alan Nixon reported that because signing Maguire would set them back £60 million, United are now looking at Mina and have made inquiries into his availability and cost.

Barcelona were said to be hoping for £50 million earlier in the transfer window when Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers expressed interest in him, but Mina "will plead" with the club to let him leave for a lower fee so he can secure a switch to Old Trafford.

The 23-year-old only arrived at the Camp Nou in January for £10.5 million and made just six appearances for the Blaugrana thereafter, but his value has increased after some strong performances at the FIFA World Cup with Colombia.

Los Cafeteros exited in the last 16, but in his three appearances in Russia, he scored three times and the team conceded only once—from a Harry Kane penalty.

Squawka Football offered a look at Mina's strengths and weaknesses:

Squawka Football @Squawka

#SquawkaScout: Yerry Mina 💃 ☑️ Aerial powerhouse ☑️ Dancing feet Interested clubs: practically everyone. https://t.co/gtMrtYYoEt

As Grup 14's Rafael Hernandez noted, Mina may not be a natural fit at the Camp Nou, but he could excel in the right situation:

Rafael Hernández @RafaelH117

Yerry Mina’s not ideal for Barcelona, but the man will make waves if he plays for a club like Atletico Madrid. Impeccable on both boxes, he’ll be excellent in the right setup.

While he perhaps lacks the technical skill of fellow Barca centre-backs Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti, he's a promising defender who deserves a greater role than he has been given by the Catalan giants.

United are in need of defensive reinforcements ahead of the new season, with Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo unreliable.

Mina could make for a useful acquisition at Old Trafford, and while it's difficult to justify his value's threefold increase after a handful of appearances, he would be a far more affordable option than Maguire.