£16m Everton man could leave this summer with two South American clubs keeping an eye

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It is looking increasingly likely that Everton defender Yerry Mina will walk out as a free agent at the end of the season. The Colombian is in the final five months of his contract and so far there have been no indications over an extension being offered to Mina.

Mina arrived from Barcelona for a fee of around £27 million in 2018 and was handed a lucrative £120,000 per week contract. The Colombian has done little over four years to justify the mammoth contract as he has constantly battled with injuries and has been unavailable for large parts of the season.

This season, Mina has played just three Premier League games as he was sidelined with an ankle injury for the most part of the season. Despite Mina being fit now, he is overlooked as James Tarkowski and Conor Coady remain the first choice centre backs.

Pameiras and Atletico Maineiro monitoring Everton defender Yerry Mina

When fit, Mina is still a solid presence to have in the backline. His towering presence provides stability and assurance. However, keeping himself fit is proving to be a challenging task. He has been troubled by niggly issues. There is a concrete argument that Mina hasn’t done enough to justify the £120,000 per week contract.

Mina’s deal is expiring at the end of the season and he is unlikely to be offered a new deal. According to Brazilian media outlet IG, Atletico Mineiro are keeping a close eye on Mina’s situation who could arrive on a free transfer in the summer. Atletico Mineiro were also linked to Mina last summer but a move did not materialize as negotiations didn’t advance forward.

Another outlet UOL claim that not only Atletico Mineiro but Palmeiras are hopeful of signing Mina on a free transfer. The two Brazilian clubs are hoping that Mina doesn’t sign an extension with Everton and they could entice him to Brazil.

Everton are reportedly considering signing Coady permanently by triggering his £4.5 million buy clause. The Toffees seem prepared to let Mina go and have the necessary reinforcements to cover his departure. Ben Godfrey, Mason Holgate and Michael Keane are also available for selection. Everton also have another young gem in Jarrad Branthwaite, who is blossoming on loan at PSV.

It is best for Mina to leave Goodison Park and start a new chapter elsewhere. Everton will manage to save over £6 million in wages through his departure. For any interested side, they could acquire Mina for free who is still valued at £16 million by Transfermarkt.

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