One of Everton’s deadline-day deals may not have happened this summer as Marcel Brands revealed he took a huge risk.
According to a report in The Daily Telegraph, the Director of Football for the Toffees revealed that he did not make an improved offer for Yerry Mina after he was told of Manchester United’s interest in the Barcelona player.
Brands had stated that he made them an offer and stood by it and said that the Colombia international had always wanted to join him at Goodison Park.
“I put the offer in and Barcelona asked for a totally different amount that we would have never paid,” he told the Daily Telegraph.
“Then they said, ‘Ok, we will wait until the end of the market’. We never changed our offer. That was a bit of a gamble because everyone was writing about Man United (wanting Mina) and Barcelona used that, agents used that, everyone used it. I don’t know exactly if Man United were in. The player said constantly to me, ‘I want to go to Everton’.
“That was a great thing for us but you never know if Man United comes in and offers an extra £150,000 a week – every player would like to do that. I don’t know exactly the situation with Man United, but of course Barcelona used it. They said to me, ‘Man United are coming in’. I don’t know if they did but I took a bit of a risk with that.”
It appears to have been a gamble that paid off for Everton this summer, although it will be judged when Mina plays for the club.
The Colombian international did not feature for the side in their opening game against Wolverhampton Wanderers but could make his debut against Southampton on Saturday.
Considering Brands stuck to the price they originally offered for the defender, they may have managed to seal an excellent deal for him, rather than having to pay even more money and possibly see him struggle to make an impact at Goodison Park.
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