Lyon and Manchester United currently stand as the two most likely destinations for out-going FC Barcelona central defender and Colombian international Yerry Mina at the time of writing, according to sources contacted by Football News.
The situation should decant within the next 72 hours. As early as June, Lyon representatives had their first contacts with Mina’s entourage, receiving positive indications about the Colombian’s strong desire that, if he had to leave Barcelona this summer, that it would be to a side offering Champions’ League football.
This was later confirmed with the player’s decision not to seriously entertain persistent contact from Everton around 3 weeks ago.
Mina has stalled on making a move to Les Gones, who have provisionally offered Barcelona €30m in order to land the player, after being informed in early July of an interest from Manchester United.
It is understood that Mina prefers a move to the Red Devils, but two stumbling blocks are currently preventing the move from being completed.
It appears that United are hesitating in making a formal offer for the player as they are focusing on targets that appear higher up on their central defensive shortlist. An individual in particular that they appear to prefer to sign is Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham).
Only once United have exhausted talks with all individuals placed higher up on their shortlist will they formalise negotiations for Mina. Secondly, it is suggested that the Colombian wants a clear understanding of where he would be placed in any side he joins’ squad hierarchy, wanting to avoid another season of being on the periphery of first team action.
At Lyon, he would receive a considerably smaller salary, but would be quasi-guaranteed a starting berth.
As of Tuesday evening, Lyon were suitably confident that they stood a realistic chance of signing Yerry Mina that they tempered negotiations with Benfica for secondary target Ruben Dias.
Which turn this saga will take, for now, is anyone’s guess.