Chris Smalling

Manchester United Eye World Cup Star Defender

After the links with Harry Maguire cooled as soon as they lit up, it would appear that Manchester United might be turning their attentions elsewhere. Chris Smalling edges closer to the exit door at Old Trafford, making a likely move to Wolverhampton Wanderers. However, it would appear that United would upgrade on the England international not with Maguire, but with Colombian international Yerry Mina.

The former Palmeiras defender impressed hugely in Brazil, and earned a move to FC Barcelona in January. Despite playing irregularly, the 23-year-old often put in good performances and showed his prowess from set pieces. This continued in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, where Mina was involved in 3 goals in just 3 games

Quick, athletic, good on the ball and a threat from corners and free-kicks; Mina is the perfect Jose Mourinho centre-half. It would appear, then, that the willingness of Barcelona to empty their squad of players like Mina could see United pick up the Colombian for a fair fee.

The Catalans just sold Lucas Digne to Everton for around £18m, and will be looking to move on Mina for a fee not far off the same rate. United, though, still hold a fading interest in the likes of Toby Alderweireld, and may wish to move for an experienced name with Premier League experience.

Mina, though, is on the market: Barcelona are happy to sell, and someone will pick up a defender with impressive quality offensively and defensively.

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