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Barcelona triggering Mina’s reported buy-back clause would be a step backwards for Everton

Barcelona triggering Mina’s reported buy-back clause would be a step backwards for Everton

Everton manager Marco Silva would have walked away from the summer transfer window with a feeling of satisfaction.

The signing of Yerry Mina, in particular, is the addition that Silva is likely to be most pleased about.

The Toffees central defensive options were not the greatest and, since the arrival of the Portuguese boss, Funes Mori and Ashley Williams have departed Goodison Park to make way for Mina and Kurt Zouma.

But while Mina looks to be a good acquisition in this moment of time, in the long run, the perception of his signing could completely change.

The Breakdown

According to Marca, Mina has a £53.9m buy-back clause in his contract which Barcelona can activate in 2020.

And if the circumstances materialise for Barcelona to do so, it would be a huge blow to Everton which would also send the wrong message supporters.

In essence, Everton, who aspire to one day be a European powerhouse, would be developing a player as if they were a feeder club.

Zouma and Andre Gomes could also be set for short spells at Goodison Park but, with both Chelsea and Barcelona already stacked with central defenders and central midfielders, the pair are virtually surplus to requirements giving Everton a good chance of making their loan moves permanent.

On the other hand, the La Liga champions still appear to value £27m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Mina meaning should his time in Merseyside be a huge success, a return to the Nou Camp could be on the cards.

With that in mind, some questions may need to be asked about Everton’s long-term strategy.

That being said, the trio of Zouma, Gomes and Mina can at least offer the Toffees much in the present and potentially help the club bridge the gap between themselves and the Premier League top six.

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