Liverpool have been boosted in the race to sign World Cup star Yerry Mina after Turkish side Fenerbache pulled out due to his astronomical £88 million price tag.
Despite being eliminated on Tuesday night by Gareth Southgate’s England, there is no doubt that the 2018 FIFA World Cup has enhanced Yerry Mina’s reputation as one of the most exciting central defenders on the planet.
The 23-year-old scored three goals in as many games in Russia and his solid defensive displays at the heart of the Colombian defence have attracted widespread attention.
After playing just six times during the entirety of the 2017/18 season, many news outlets are reporting that he will be on his way out at Barcelona this summer and Liverpool have been linked with him quite a lot over the last few weeks.
According to a source close to Fenerbache that spoke to Turkish Football, the Super Lig outfit will not be pursuing Yerry Mina this summer due to his now inflated transfer valuation and this has apparently opened the door for Liverpool to make a move for him.
With an £88 million release clause in his contract, the Colombian would break the record held by Liverpool for the world’s most expensive defender. Virgil van Dijk signed for the Reds in January for £75 million.
However, it does seem very unlikely that Liverpool would fork out so much money on Mina given he is relatively unproven despite his performances in Russia.
Speaking after being knocked out by England, Mina commented on suggestions that he has a point to prove to Barcelona: “I don’t need to prove anything to anyone. God gave me my talent.
“What I need is to always play to the best of my ability and enjoy my football. My future? I’m always relaxed and I trust God.”