Yerry Mina transfer: Manchester United turn to Barcelona defender as Harry Maguire alternative

Manchester United’s chase for a centre-half has seen the club turn to Barcelona’s Yerry Mina, as they face missing out on Harry Maguire.

England and Leicester star Maguire emerged as the Red Devils’ No.1 choice, with Jose Mourinho desperate to add to his back line.

United were willing to part with £65million to land Maguire, having been frustrated by Tottenham in their pursuit of Toby Alderweireld earlier in the summer.

But Leicester are keen to hold onto Maguire and are ready to resist United’s advances and hand him a bumper new contract.

Mourinho has made clear his desire to land new recruits

With United set to miss out on Maguire, Sport reports that they will join the race to land Colombian international Mina.

The 23-year-old joined the Spanish champions in January but made just six appearances following his arrival, and has since fallen further down the pecking order following the arrival of £35million defender Clement Lenglet.

Lenglet is set to move from Barcelona this summer

Everton have been keen to take the 6ft 4in defender to Goodison Park as Marco Silva aims to revitalise his new side’s ageing defence.

However, it is claimed that United have enquired about Mina’s availability, ahead of next week’s transfer deadline, and told the player to wait as the clock ticks down to the Premier League’s August 9 deadline.

And if they can’t persuade Leicester to part with Maguire, then United will make a £35million move – handing Barcelona a considerable profit.

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