Report Reveals Details of Man Utd’s Mina Offer as Colombia Star Awaits Barça Approval

Yerry Mina could be heading for the exit door at Barcelona only six months removed from his signing of a five-year contract with the Catalan giants.

The Colombian centre-back is tipped to join Manchester United before the close of the Premier League’s transfer window this summer, with Jose Mourinho keen on making another addition to his backline ahead of what has been described as a ‘do or die’ campaign for him at Old Trafford.

FC Barcelona v Real Sociedad - La Liga Santander

With several attacking options at his disposal, Mourinho has decided to focus on bolstering his defence, ?claiming that the club may only make one more addition before deadline day.

According to Spanish source Mundo Deportivo, the 23-year-old Mina is keen on moving to England this summer and is now only waiting on Barça to accept United’s offer, having already agreed personal terms with the Red Devils.

Mundo’s report claims that negotiations between the club and player were wrapped up during the week, with United offering a five-year contract worth €8.5m per year. 

If the reports are to be believed, all that is left now is for Barcelona to accept a price. 

It is understood that the Red Devils have already tabled an offer of €39m, yet Barcelona are unwilling to sell for anything below €45m despite only spending €11.8m to bring him in from Palmeiras last winter.

Mina’s showing at the 2018 World Cup, though, has certainly boosted his status. The 6ft 4in centre-back scored three times during the tournament, equaling the record of most goals scored by a defender in a single World Cup which set by Germany’s Paul Breitner in 1974.

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Prior to United’s interest Mina was a target of Premier League rivals Everton and his former teammate in Catalonia Lucas Digne is still hoping he will make a switch to the Toffees instead.

New Everton man Digne said (via ?The Metro): I hope to see him here but I don’t know really! He’ll choose the best for his career and we’ll see.

“I said to him to come but we’ll see. Really I don’t know. He’s a good player and a good guy.”

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Man Utd & Man City Reportedly Both Turned Down Offers to Sign Arturo Vidal Prior to Barcelona Move

Both Manchester United and Manchester City are said to have turned down offers to sign new  Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal from Bayern Munich.

The Chilean enforcer was announced as the Catalan side’s latest signing, pending a medical, on Friday night, following a three-year spell at the Allianz Arena, during which he helped the Bavarian giants conquer the Bundesliga for three consecutive seasons.


Vidal is believed to have joined Barca for around £27m and has signed a three-year deal with the current La Liga holders. 

One of the most successful players to ever hail from Chile, the 31-year-old also won four league titles with Juventus in Italy. Vidal has won a league title every year since 2012 and will hope to carry on with the trend with his new team at the end of the upcoming season.

Per El Chiringuito TV, United and City both opted to pass on the player when he was offered to them for £27m. The player’s age and a history with knee issues, particularly two surgeries, are credited with their refusal.

“Arturo Vidal was offered one month ago to Manchester City and Manchester United by his agents but both clubs discard the offer,” journalist Jose Alvarez tweeted on Saturday morning.  “His age and his knee [two surgeries] were the reason of the refuse even the price was reasonable.”

Both Manchester clubs are understood to be in search of a new midfielder this summer, more so City, who missed out on signing Jorginho last month due to interference from Premier League rivals Chelsea.

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The English champions had a deal in place to sign the Brazilian, but the Blues managed to hijack the move and have since gotten the player on their books.

The Red Devils could also be in the market, given the uncertainty surrounding France international Paul Pogba, who is rumoured to be itching for a return to Juventus.

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Barcelona Complete Signing of Arturo Vidal From Bayern on 3-Year Deal

?Barcelona have confirmed the signing of midfielder Arturo Vidal from ?Bayern Munich for a fee believed to be around £27m.

The 31-year-old has signed a three-year deal at Camp Nou, with his move to the Catalan giants ending his highly successful three year stay in the ?Bundesliga.

A statement confirming the deal on Barcelona’s official website said:

“Agreement with Bayern Munich for the transfer of Arturo Vidal. The agreement is for the next three seasons and is pending a medical examination.

“FC Barcelona will shortly inform everyone about the arrival of the player and the agenda of the presentation ceremony. 

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Vidal’s move to Barça comes as somewhat of a surprise, with the Chilean international having been strongly linked with a move to Inter in recent weeks. 

?The Nerazzurri’s signing of Radja Nainggolan, along with their apparent interest in ?Real Madrid star Luka Modri?, is believed to have held up the deal though, allowing the ?La Liga champions to swoop in and bring Vidal to Spain instead.

Vidal has accrued quite the trophy collection during his career so far, collecting three Bundesliga crowns in a row with Bayern, in addition to four consecutive ?Serie A titles with ?Juventus. Astonishingly, those title wins have all occurred during the past seven seasons, with the Chilean no doubt confident that he will add to his trophy haul with Barça.

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Despite his accomplishments, Vidal is likely to face stiff competition for places in Barça’s midfield, with Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets and new signing Arthur also vying for a place in Ernesto Valverde’s starting XI.

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Arsenal Fans React With Delight After Ousmane Dembele Poses for Instagram Picture With Gunners Stars

An Instagram picture of Barcelona striker Ousmane Dembele at a party with a host of Arsenal players has fuelled speculation that the Frenchman could be moving to the Premier League.

The picture, posted by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s father, shows Dembele preparing for an evening meal with Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Matteo Guendouzi.

It comes after Spanish news outlet ?Sport suggested Dembele is keen to leave Camp Nou this summer having become disenchanted with life in Spain. Having failed to nail down a regular starting place in the first-team, it appears his frustration has grown further following the last gasp signing of Brazilian winger Malcom from Bordeaux.


The caption on Aubameyang Sr’s post could be interpreted as a sign of things to come for Dembele, with the picture accompanied by the teasing words: “Very happy to be with family and surrounded by our guys.”

Those words have got the pot stirring somewhat, with Gunners fans taking to Twitter to express their excitement at Dembele’s ‘potential’ arrival.

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??Having won the World Cup with France, Dembele will certainly be looking to get back on track next season, regardless of where he ends up playing his football.

Following his £97m move from Borussia Dortmund last summer, Dembele struggled to find his rhythm after injury, scoring just three times in 17 La Liga appearances. He did however, contribute seven assists during that time for the Catalan giants.

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While his future remains very much up in the air, one thing is for sure – he’s wanted in north London, by the fans at least.

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Good Boys: 13 Superstar Footballers Who Really Love Dogs

Lionel Messi starred in a viral video clip with his dog this week, teasing his four-legged friend with a ball as he prepares for the new season with Barcelona.

But he isn’t the only famous player with a furry pal in his life.

Here’s a look at Messi and 12 other superstar footballers who love dogs…


?Hector Bellerin

@hectorbellerin

@hectorbellerin

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin introduced his new puppy Otto to the world in January 2016. 


Daley Blind

@blinddaley

@blinddaley

After often going on walks around Manchester, Daley Blind’s canine pal will have plenty of adventures to look forward to in Amsterdam after his human rejoined Ajax this summer.


Mesut Ozil

@m10_official

@m10_official

Mesut Ozil loves his black Pug Balboa, a dog the 2014 World Cup winner has been known to dress in a number 11 Arsenal shirt. He’ll need to get a new one with 10 on instead now.


Marcelo

@marcelotwelve

@marcelotwelve

Real Madrid hero Marcelo has as many as six dogs in his little family. His large black and hairy Newfoundland is called Lola, while he has a Labrador named Nala, and four other smaller doggos called Kiara, Ully, Thaig and Bella.


Aaron Ramsey

@aaronramsey

@aaronramsey

Aaron Ramsey’s dog is a Beagle called Halo, who loves football just as much as his human.


Alex Morgan

@alexmorgan13

@alexmorgan13

Blue, or Blue Shaquille O’Neal Carrasco to give him his full name, is US women’s national team star Alex Morgan’s dog, together with husband and LA Galaxy midfielder Servando Carrasco.


James Rodriguez

@jamesrodriguez10

@jamesrodriguez10

James Rodriguez has needed a buddy during a couple of difficult years in his career and he has three between his Golden Retriever (pictured), Cocker Spaniel and French Bulldog.


Sergio Ramos

@sergioramos

@sergioramos

Sergio Ramos has three dogs by the name of Chulo, Lizzy and Jagger. He’ll need to get another to redress the balance between dogs and Champions League trophies in the Ramos household.


Neymar

@neymarjr

@neymarjr

Neymar named his first dog Poker, with the Brazil icon since adding Flush and Truco to his happy and growing family. Can you tell that he loves card games?


Harry Kane

@harrykane

@harrykane

NFL-obsessed Spurs hero Harry Kane named his Labrador pair Brady and Wilson after New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russel Wilson.


David de Gea

@d_degeaofficial

@d_degeaofficial

David de Gea’s chow chow Matxo is a very good dog – happy, big, fluffy and orange, and like a lion. Trust me, he once came up to me while on a walk in the park!


Lionel Messi

@leomessi

@leomessi

Lionel Messi’s French Mastiff is massive, so it’s little wonder the Barcelona superstar settled on the name Senor Hulk. His size didn’t help him  get the ball off his human in that viral video clip.


Alexis Sanchez

@alexis_official1

@alexis_officia1

Atom and Humber are football’s most famous dogs, accompanying human Alexis Sanchez everywhere and even having their own excellent Instagram account (?@atomhumberoficia1).

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