Everton: £100,000+ per week earner wanted at a bargain price

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Kevin Thelwell and Frank Lampard have worked in tandem to make a massive squad clear out, in turn saving millions in wages. In total 12 players left Everton, either permanently or on loan. Centre back Yerry Mina was also rumoured to leave but the defender stayed at Goodison, entering the final 12 months of his deal.

Mina joined Everton from Barcelona in 2018 for a fee around £27 million. The Colombian’s Everton career has hit many roadblocks because of recurring injuries, the player struggling to have a lasting impact throughout any season.

Injuries have plagued Mina at Everton, with the player missing 21, 7, 10 and 28 games in the last four seasons. His poor fitness record raised questions and his mammoth salary of £120,000 per week further made this move look like a disaster.

Mina started the first game of the season against Chelsea but lasted 70 minutes as he was forced off due to an ankle injury. Since then, the 28 year old has gone onto miss eight games. With Everton backline stable under James Tarkowski and Conor Coady, Mina might not get a slot in the starting eleven.

Everton defender Yerry Mina wanted by Inter Milan

The former Barcelona man is into his final year of his contract and chances of a renewal remain dim. If the Toffees want to avoid losing him on a free transfer, they will have to sell Mina in January. There is one side who have shown interest and are planning to sign the Colombian for a bargain. As per Calcio Mercato Web, Inter Milan are preparing to bid farewell to Milan Skriniar who has been a long term target for PSG.

Inter views Mina as a replacement to Skriniar. PSG have held interest in Skriniar for a long time now and if they return with an offer in January, Inter Milan are ready with a cost effective replacement. Because of his contract expiring, Inter believe they can wrap up Mina’s signing in the region of €10 million (£8.75 million). A lot will depend on Mina’s salary as Inter are unlikely to match his current £120,000 per week wages.

Everton should be open to offloading the Colombian. Mina is one of the highest paid players at the club and offloading Mina will save over £6 million alone in wages. With Coady, Tarkowski, Ben Godfrey, Mason Holgate and Michael Keane available, Mina’s departure will not massively deplete the central defence.

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