Manchester United’s chief transfer negotiator, Matt Judge, has flown to Spain in attempt to push the £35million Yerry Mina transfer over the line.
That’s according to The Sun, per The Metro, with the Red Devils doing their utmost to sign a centre-half before the current transfer window slams shut.
Obviously, the first thing to note is that this deal probably signals the end of United’s chase for Harry Maguire, who looks set to stay at Leicester City.
Personally, this reeks of a panic buy. Mourinho doesn’t want to go into the campaign without acquiring a new centre-half, having tested the waters for the aforementioned Maguire and Toby Alderweireld.
Sure, Mina had an excellent World Cup, but I assumed that the United boss wanted experience back there rather than yet another young, unproven player. This is a risk, although a relatively inexpensive one at £35million.
He’s clearly talented, as FC Barcelona wouldn’t have made the move for him otherwise. Although it says a lot that their fans already want him gone after a pretty average six-months at the Camp Nou.
It’ll be intriguing to see whether United get this deal pushed through in time, particularly with just one week left in the transfer window.