According to the club’s official website, Everton have completed the signing of winger Richarlison for a fee believed to be around £50 million. The 21-year-old only made the move to the Premier League with Watford 12 months ago but excelled under now-Toffees chief Marco Silva, to the point that the Portuguese boss has broken the Everton transfer record to reunite with him at Goodison Park.
And with that deal done to boost an area of his squad in need of improvement, Silva must now solve another key Everton problem area with the addition of £18 million-rated ace Yerry Mina (as per Transfermarkt).
Ultimately, the Toffees were pretty poor defensively for much of last season in conceding 58 goals in their 38 Premier League matches, with their struggles magnified by the fact that they actually shipped more goals than Swansea City and West Brom, both of whom were relegated.
The likes of Ashley Williams, Phil Jagielka, and Michael Keane all struggled at times in the heart of the Everton backline last term to suggest that further reinforcements are needed, especially given the former two are very much in the twilight of their careers.
And after his efforts for Colombia at the World Cup, Silva is absolutely right to reportedly be targeting Barcelona centre back Mina.
The 23-year-old made the move to the Nou Camp back in January but only mustered six appearances for the La Liga champions in the second half of last season, although he certainly proved his worth to his country in Russia earlier this summer.
The defender bagged three goals in three games for Colombia to help them reach the last 16 of the World Cup, thus underlining his prowess in the opposition penalty box, yet what was equally as impressive was the fact that, while on the pitch for his country, Colombia only conceded once, and that was a penalty from Harry Kane.
As such, not only does Mina carry a genuine aerial threat at set plays, but he clearly made a difference in his own box to emphasise his defensive capabilities – thus, he appears to be the all round defender Everton are in desperate need of.
And with a deal for Richarlison done, thus bolstering the winger department, Silva can now turn his attentions to solving another key problem in his Everton squad, namely by luring centre back Mina to Goodison Park.
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