Everton’s pursuit of Barcelona central defender Yerry Mina — which was already proving to be a difficult task — may have just become even more complex.
According to Goal, Manchester United have turned their attention towards Mina with deals for Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld and Leicester City’s Harry Maguire having become too complicated to complete.
With Manchester United now interested in Mina, Everton face a tough task in trying to lure the Colombia international to Goodison Park.
Furthermore, the Toffees should consider bringing Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi back to Merseyside.
Mustafi, who is valued at £22.5m by Transfermarkt, spent two-and-a-half unsuccessful years at Everton before moving to Serie A side Sampdoria, but a return to Goodison Park could be in everyone’s best interest.
Arsenal are said to be looking for a buyer for the Germany international (via Daily Mirror) while Everton are obviously in the market for a new central defender.
And with not long to go until the transfer window closes, Mustafi presents a good opportunity for Marco Silva to improve his defence.
Despite some questionable and suspect performances in an Arsenal shirt, Mustafi still possesses very good defensive qualities.
The former Valencia defender is a strong tackler and aggressive marker and, if some aspects of his game can be fine-tuned by Silva, then Everton could end up with the centre-back they have been looking for.
With Michael Keane, Mason Holgate and an ageing Phil Jagielka Everton’s only current central defensive options after Ashley Williams’ departure to Stoke City, Silva will now be even more desperate to see a new centre-halve brought through the door before next Thursday.
And Mustafi is one option the Portuguese boss should be looking at.