Manchester United prioritise signing of Barcelona centre-back

Manchester United have reportedly switched their focus towards signing Yerry Mina from Barcelona before the August 9 deadline. The Red Devils have been keen on recruiting a new centre-back in the transfer window but so far, they have not managed to find a breakthrough with any of their initial targets.

Earlier last week, Sky Sports claimed that United had made a formal approach for Leicester’s City Harry Maguire, but the move appears to have gone in vain with the Foxes said to have no ambition of parting ways with the England international. Moreover, the 2015/16 Premier League champions are now planning to reward the centre-back with a new and improved contract which would assure him of a weekly package of around £90,000.

As a result of this, United seem to have now prioritised the signing of Mina from the Camp Nou before the transfer deadline approaches next week. Mina has never really settled since his £10m move from Palmeiras last winter and Sky Sports claims that the Blaugrana could make an instant profit after placing a £30m price tag on his head.

Mina was restricted to just four league starts during the backend of the La Liga season but he has nevertheless attracted suitors after standing out in the Colombian colours at the recent World Cup. The South Americans only managed to reach the round of 16 stage of the tournament but Mina was hugely influential towards the nation reaching that point.

Mina bagged three-headed goals during the course of the World Cup and two of those were in match-defining circumstances including one during the dying stages of normal time against England. Unfortunately, Colombia could not overcome the Three Lions to reach the quarter-final after succumbing to a penalty shoot-out defeat.

Aside from United, the Colombian has also attracted interest from the likes of Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers in recent weeks but the prospect of joining one of the world’s most-renowned clubs may witness Mina lean towards Jose Mourinho’s side.

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