Manchester United make contact with Barcelona regarding Colombian outcast

Manchester United are understood to have made contact with Barcelona regarding a probable move for Yerry Mina in the transfer window. The Colombia international only joined the Catalan giants from Palmeiras in January but he could be heading through the exit door with the Spanish champions having exceeded their non-EU quota.

According to BEIN Sport’s Tancredi Palmeri, the Red Devils are said to have made initial contact with the Blaugrana regarding the player’s availability with manager Jose Mourinho keen on recruiting a new centre-back before next month’s transfer deadline.

Most-recently, United have made a formal enquiry to sign Harry Maguire from Leicester City but their efforts could go in vain with the Foxes reluctant to sanction his sale during the ongoing transfer window.

As such, United are looking into probable alternatives for the Englishman and Mina appears as one of those, who has impressed Mourinho after his strong display for Colombia during the summer World Cup.

Despite struggling at Barcelona last term, Mina stood out for his nation in Russia where he became only the second player in World Cup history to score three-headed goals and this has supposedly caught the eye of Europe’s elite.

Nevertheless, signing Mina could be considered as a gamble for any outfit, given the 23-year-old has had limited exposure to European football where he has struggled to adjust to the intensity of the game.

Based on La Liga rules, Barcelona are only permitted three non-EU players to be registered for the campaign and judging by this, Mina appears the likelier candidate to make way with Philippe Coutinho and summer signings Arthur and Malcom due to be involved next term.

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