According to Mundo Deportivo, reported via Sky Sports, Manchester United have agreed personal terms with Barcelona’s Yerry Mina.
Despite this apparent breakthrough in the Mina deal, according to The Mirror, Toby Alderweireld’s heart remains set on a switch to Old Trafford.
Jose Mourinho ought to be mindful of this and move to sign the Belgian ahead of Mina this summer.
Mina had an impressive World Cup, and caught the eye with the three goals he scored at the tournament, but the Colombian has been starved of game time since joining Barcelona.
Last season, the 23-year-old managed only 6 appearances in all competitions for the La Liga giants.
Those figures do not suggest a centre-back of Manchester United quality, especially when the Red Devils are in dire need of proven reinforcements, rather than being in a position to take speculative punts on young talents.
Mourinho would be far better served by doing all it takes to bring Alderweireld to Old Trafford this summer instead.
Like Mina, Alderweireld struggled for regular football last season. However, this was partially down to the injury issues that the Spurs man suffered during the course of the campaign.
Alderweireld is the kind of centre-back United desperately need though. They need an organiser and a leader, who can take responsibility for the entire defensive line and raise the game of those around him. That is exactly what the 29-year-old could do for this United side.
If this becomes a choice between one player or the other for Mourinho, then making Alderweireld his man could well see him still in a job come this time next year.