According to a recent report from A Spor, Liverpool have agreed a contract with defender Domagoj Vida, although have yet to match his £22 million price-tag. The 29-year-old has attracted interest in the last few weeks after some excellent performances for Croatia at this summer’s World Cup, what with the centre back appearing in six of their seven games to help his country reach the final, although they lost 4-2 to France in the showpiece.
Yet Vida was hugely impressive throughout the run to attract reported interest from Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, although the Reds should forget about him and instead join and indeed win the race for another World Cup ace in Yerry Mina, who has been linked with a move to Everton and Southampton in recent times.
Ultimately, while Vida deserves great credit for a fine World Cup campaign with Croatia, the Reds may be reluctant to pay £22 million for someone who will turn 30 during the current campaign – it’s hardly a nod to the long-term.
And while there is little doubting that the 29-year-old would help bolster Klopp’s defensive options at Anfield, he may only do so for a few years, whereas 23-year-old Mina would strengthen the centre back ranks for both the present and indeed the future.
Like Vida, the Barcelona defender excelled at this summer’s World Cup in netting three goals in just three appearances for Colombia at the tournament, thus helping his country reach the last 16, where they lost on penalties to England.
And while his goals return is not the first thing Klopp or indeed any manager will look for in a centre back, it’s significant that during Mina’s time on the pitch for Colombia, the team only shipped one goal, and that was a penalty from England’s Harry Kane in that last 16 clash.
So not only is the centre back hugely adept in his own box in making telling defensive contributions, but he also has an obvious aerial presence at the other in coming up with vital goals – both of which would seriously help Klopp’s Reds this season.
Importantly though, Mina is already a quality centre back at the tender age of 23, and as such he has time to go on and become an even better one in the years to come – by the age of 29, the Colombian is likely to be better than Vida.
As such, there is greater long-term potential in making a move for Mina, which is why the Reds should opt to move for him as opposed to Besiktas’ Vida this summer.
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