Barcelona Star Yerry Mina Completes Everton Switch as La Liga Champions Confirm €30m Move

??Everton appear to have completed the signing of ?Barcelona defender Yerry Mina after months of ongoing speculation.

The Toffees have reached an agreement to sign Mina on a permanent deal, for a fee of just over €30m. The deal includes an option for Barça to re-sign the player, a procedure that has become familiar with deals involving the La Liga champions.

Mina  joins Brazilian attacking midfielder Bernard in the arrivals lounge at Goodison Park, after the former Shakhtar Donetsk star signed a four-year deal with the club earlier in the day.

A statement on ?Barcelona’s official website read: “FC Barcelona and Everton FC have reached an agreement over the transfer of the player Yerry Mina. The English club will pay FC Barcelona 30.25 million euros plus 1.5 million euros in variables. The Club reserves the right to buy back the player.

“FC Barcelona would like to publicly express their thanks to Yerry Mina for his commitment and dedication and wishes him all the best for the future.”

23-year-old Mina arrives at Goodison Park off the back of an impressive World Cup campaign with Colombia, where he scoring a remarkable three goals.

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The 6’5″ centre back only joined Barcelona from Brazilian side Palmeiras in January, for a reported fee of €11.8m. The Catalans have made a healthy profit as a result of selling Mina, despite the Colombian only making five appearances in ?La Liga.

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BBC Correspondent Claims Reports of Last Minute Arsenal Bid for Ousmane Dembele Are ‘False’

BBC corespondent David Ornstein has suggested that ??Arsenal’s proposed bid for ?Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele was false and that the Gunners have no interest in signing the youngster.

Dembele joined Barcelona last summer for an initial £96.8m but injuries and poor form saw him fall out of favour with the Catalan giants. 

There have been plenty of rumours suggesting that he will be on his way out this summer and Arsenal were said to be one club who were interested in snapping up the 21-year-old.

Spanish news outlet ?Mundo Deportivo reported that Dembele was set to be the subject of a late bid from Arsenal, with the Gunners looking to pay £10m to sign the winger on loan for the season. The north London side were then said to be looking to pay a further £90m next summer if they wanted to sign him on a permanent basis.

However, BBC correspondent David Ornstein claimed these rumours are false and that Arsenal completed their transfer dealings a month ago. He also suggested that Arsenal may have been been interested in a deal but bringing in Dembele was never a realistic aim.

?The news may come as a blow to Arsenal fans who would have seen Dembele as their marquee signing this summer. It hasn’t been all doom and gloom this summer for the north London outfit and they have already strengthened their current squad with the likes of Bernd Leno, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Lucas Torreira.

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Arsenal already have plenty of options in attack, so the fact that they won’t be making a bid for Dembele should’t be too much of an issue.

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Everton Preparing for Busy End to Transfer Window With Toffees Targeting Barcelona Additions

Everton are set for a hectic end to this summer’s transfer window, with the Merseyside club still looking to tie up three deals before the window closes.

Boss Marco Silva has already stamped his mark on the Everton squad, with the marquee signing of Richarlison and the shrewd addition of French left back Lucas Digne. It appears Silva isn’t finished yet though, and the Portuguese is still looking to confirm three more transfers in the shape of Bernard, Yerry Mina and Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes.

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Speculation surrounding Yerry Mina has been rife this summer, with a whole host of Premier League clubs linked to the Colombian centre back who enjoyed an impressive World Cup campaign. But Everton seem to be in pole position to land Mina, and the Blues remain hopeful of closing a deal before the transfer window closes.

According to the Daily Mail, Everton view Bernard’s deal as the most straight forward of the three, and it’s understood that the Brazilian free agent has already undergone a medical at Finch Farm.

The move for Andre Gomes is a new twist in Everton’s transfer window, and it remains unclear as to whether the Blues would be looking for a permanent or loan deal. The Portuguese midfielder has endured a tough time since joining Barcelona, never managing to hold down a starting spot for the Catalans. It’s this lack of consistent playing time that has led Gomes to look for a move to the Premier League for the last 12 months.

Whether the Toffees manage to finalise deals for all three of their targets or not, it appears fans of the Blues could be in for an interesting end to the transfer window as Silva looks to mould his new squad.

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Ousmane Dembele Confirms Barcelona Stay Despite Reported Arsenal & Man Utd Interest

?Reports in Spain suggest ?Arsenal and ?Manchester United are locked in a two-horse race to sign ?Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele before Thursday’s transfer deadline, despite the forward recently reiterating his commitment to the Catalan club.

According to ?Mundo Deportivo, new Arsenal manager Unai Emery is keen to add the 21-year-old forward to his ranks in order to team him up with striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and hopefully form one of the deadliest attacking lineups in the ?Premier League.

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Dembele has recently been pictured with Arsenal stars Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Henrikh Mkhitaryan on Instagram, sending the internet into a frenzy with rumours that the Gunners could be about to complete one of the biggest deals of the summer.

Meanwhile, a potential move by Manchester United for Dembele’s signature hinges largely upon the future of the forward’s compatriot Anthony Martial, who could yet leave the club before the transfer deadline passes.

Dembele only joined Barcelona last summer for €105m, with another €40m potentially coming in additional fees. However, the attacker’s first season was beset by injuries, preventing the French international from discovering his best form as he did the previous season with ?Borussia Dortmund.

However, in what is a blow for both Arsenal and United, Dembele recently pledged his future to the La Liga champions, telling FM_Guru’s live ‘Twitch’ broadcast as quoted by ?Marca: “I’m staying at Barcelona and I’m ready to play the Spanish Super Cup.”

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Dembele was also included in France’s 23-man squad for this summer’s World Cup, taking home a winner’s medal despite being outshone by the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann.

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Man Utd Furious With Raiola After Report Claims Paul Pogba ‘Agrees Personal Terms’ With Barcelona

?Manchester United are said to be furious with agent Mino Raiola after it was alleged by the Daily Mail late on Tuesday night that Paul Pogba has ‘agreed personal terms’ with Barcelona and is ‘desperate’ to join the reigning Spanish champions.

The Mail published a story earlier this week with the headline, ‘I want Paul Pogba out of Manchester United’ – a misleadingly fabricated quote attributed to Raiola.

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But it would appear that the newspaper is in the pocket of the savvy super agent or someone close to him as the latest claim details how Pogba has told United teammates that he wants to leave the club and head to Camp Nou, while he has also said to have informed executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward of his desire to quit Old Trafford.

Beyond the sensational headline, the Mail report does at least admit that United have ‘flatly denied’ that Woodward has received any such message from Pogba.

But the story does go on to claim that through Raiola the Frenchman has agreed a bumper deal worth £89.5m over five years with Barcelona and ‘has his heart set’ on joining the club.

United are already thought to have rejected one derisory bid from Barcelona this week, with the Catalans apparently laughably offering just £45m plus Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes, two players they have been actively trying to offload in recent weeks and even months.

It was later reported that Barcelona have since cooled their interest after seemingly accepting that there is no way United will even consider selling when they have less than 48 hours of the ?Premier League transfer window in which to source a suitable replacement.

Catalan publication Mundo Deportivo, whose vested interest is in Pogba moving to Camp Nou, has optimistically suggested that if United were to sign Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic for up to €155m – as if that is something as easy as buying bread or milk from the local shop – then Barcelona would be free to take Pogba.

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In the midst of all of this, the Daily Express reports that United are ‘furious’ with Raiola for ‘offering’ Pogba to Barcelona without their consent. It is even the second time he is believed to have done it after Pep Guardiola claimed that Pogba was offered to Manchester City in January.

The Express further notes that its United sources remains ‘suspicious’ that Raiola is using the interest from Barcelona as an opportunity to secure a lucrative new contract for his client, having been massively overtaken as one of Old Trafford’s top earners by Alexis Sanchez.

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