Everton could sell Yerry Mina in order to finance a deal for Napoli’s central defensive superstar Kalidou Koulibaly during the summer transfer window, as reported by Tuttomercatoweb.
Speaking to The Independent back in 2019, when he was still sitting in the Stadio San Paolo dugout, Carlo Ancelotti insisted that there wasn’t a single defender in the game who came close to his oft-infallible Senegalese international.
“Koulibaly is the best centre-back in the world – and he has more room for improvement,” Ancelotti said. “He is worth £130 million.”
Two years on, Koulibaly would no longer command such an eye-watering transfer fee.
At the age of 29 and in this COVID-affected market, TMW believe that arguably the world’s finest defender may be available for a fee in the region of £45 million – around half the fee Napoli owner Aurelio Di Laurentiis wanted for his prized asset in the summer of 2020.
And Everton know, deep down, that they will never have a better chance to sign a truly elite-level central defender – someone who would have Virgil van Dijk’s sweating about his status as the best defender on Merseyside, let alone the whole of European football.
The report adds that Everton could look to cash in on Mina to free up funds. The former Barcelona youngster is valued in the region of £22 million and, what’s more, would not resist any attempts to sell.
The Sun (4 April, page 61) reports that Mina would jump at the chance to play Serie A football with Antonio Conte interested in adding the Colombia international to an Inter Milan squad chock-full of ex-Prem ex-pats.