Everton had hoped to sign Marcos Rojo on transfer deadline day but Manchester United blocked the move because they were unable to sign a replacement, according to the Daily Mail.
The Red Devils had four centre-backs on their wishlist but failed to confirm deals for any of them, with their offers for Jerome Boateng and Harry Maguire falling short of what their current employers valued them at.
United refused to meet the demands of Yerry Mina's agent, with the defender later joining the Toffees, while they failed to make a bid for Toby Alderweireld although did allegedly moot the idea of a swap involving Rojo.
It meant that Marco Silva had to look elsewhere, bringing in the aforementioned Mina from Barcelona for just over £27m (BBC) and the Express reports a loan move for Kurt Zouma was completed before the deadline; although an official announcement about the capture of the Chelsea star is yet to take place.
Blessing in disguise?
Has missing out on Rojo, who is currently injured and has suffered fitness problems throughout his career at Old Trafford, actually been a good thing for the Merseysiders in light of them signing two younger - and arguably better - alternatives?
Mina arrives at Goodison Park on the back of an impressive 2018 World Cup with Colombia and Barcelona have inserted a buyback clause into the deal with them clearly thinking the 23-year-old could improve in the future.
Meanwhile, Zouma has plenty of Premier League experience and while has been offered little opportunity at Stamford Bridge to date, is still clearly rated enough by the Blues that they want to keep hold of him.