Everton make audacious move for World Cup star

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Mina scored three times in three games to leave his mark on the World Cup in Russian Federation, including a last-minute equaliser to force extra time in Colombia's penalty shootout loss to England.

Barcelona also need to free up a non-EU space in their squad with Gremio youngster Arthur set to join the club.

Mina has stated that he was able to take his mind off club football during the World Cup, talking to La Marca, he said "No, I don't have to prove my level to anyone".

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God gave me my talent.

New Everton boss Marco Silva is already beginning to plan how he will turn the Toffees into European hopefuls in the Premier League and, according to Goal, he believes that Barcelona and Colombia central defender Yerry Mina could be the answer. "I have always been calm and trusted in God", he stated.

The 23-year-old moved to FC Barcelona from Palmeiras in January 2018 to become the first-ever Colombia player to represent the Catalan side.

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Although Mina got himself on the scoresheet against England, it was a disappointing night as his nation were eiliminated from the World Cup on penalties, losing 4-3.

The central defender has a €100m (£88m) release clause in his contract and despite Everton bidding just over £66 million less than Barcelona's asking price, they have included a clause in their offer that might catch the Catalonian's attention.

Both sides could do with strengthening at centre back, especially at Everton where the ageing Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka have struggled last season.

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