Negotiator Flies Out For Talks
Manchester United have given up in their efforts to sign Harry Maguire from Leicester City and will now switch their attentions to Yerry Mina of Barcelona.
England international Maguire will return to training next week having taken a three-week holiday following the World Cup. He is expected to be offered a new contract by the Foxes that could see his wages rise to around £95,000 a week – a similar figure to the pay he would have been offered by United.
Leicester aren’t in any financial need to sell Maguire having already sold Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City this summer for £60million.
Mina only moved to Barcelona in the January transfer window from Brazilian side Palmeiras in a deal worth around £10million. He is now being linked with a move away the Nou Camp having made just five appearances in La Liga – four starts and one game off the bench. But reports claim Premier League clubs would be willing to pay £35million and United’s chief negotiator Matt Judge has flown out to Spain to push through the transfer.
United will face competition from Everton for Mina’s signature. The Toffees are being linked with a bid for the Colombian who, despite playing in the centre of defence, scored three goals for his country in four games at the World Cup finals.
But Everton won’t match Barcelona’s valuation of Mina. The Toffees could instead switch their attentions to Manchester United centre-back Marcos Rojo.
Jose Mourinho is keen to boost the centre of his side’s defence. He already has five defenders in the shape of Rojo, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof and one of those is expected to give way if Mina arrives.
Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld is also a target for United although the Belgium international is valued at £75million by Spurs. His valuation could drop to as little as £25million if Spurs trigger an extension clause in his contract.