The agent and uncle of Barcelona's Yerry Mina has told Mundo Deportivo that the defender hasn't signed for Everton yet, but does need to play first-team football next season.
Mina, 23, impressed in Brazil with Palmeiras, and his form earned him a big January move to Barcelona, but the struggled to make an impact in limited playing time at the Camp Nou.
It's fair to say that Mina is still raw defensively, and that has left Barcelona pursuing a deal for Sevilla defender Clement Lenglet – and put Mina's future in doubt.
The 6ft 5in centre back has impressed at the World Cup with Colombia, forming a strong partnership with Tottenham Hotspur's Davinson Sanchez whilst also bagging three goals in three games.
Mina's goalscoring record over the course of his career is hugely impressive; better than one in 10 domestically and better than one in three for Colombia, and he showed off his aerial prowess with a last-gasp equaliser against England last week.
Mina's displays in Russia have triggered major interest in his signature, and Goal reported on Tuesday that Everton are close to sealing a £21million deal for him after talks between the two clubs on Monday.
Now, Mina's agent and uncle Yair Mina has told Mundo Deportivo that the reports that Mina is Everton-bound are 'not true', as there are many teams interested in his signature.
However, he did add that Mina needs to play first-team football, and if Barcelona can't offer him that, then he will look to move on, with the pair waiting for Barca to lay out their plans for him.
"It's not true that Yerry has signed for Everton ," said Yair. "There are many teams that are interested in Yerry, but first we want to know what the plans are with him. When we know, we will decide.”
"The player has a priority to play, so if he can not do it at Barça, he will do it on another team, but first we want to know the club's plans with him,” he added.