Everton are close to completing the signing of a centre half before the season starts, be it Marcos Rojo or Yerry Mina, although the Colombian from Barcelona is believed to be first choice.
The odds on both signing are shortening and you could bet online with 10bet if you wanted to get some decent odds, although the saga could drag out until the end of deadline day.
Everton had thought be have been close to signing Mina from Barcelona for around £32m but the president of Lyon said that no deal had been agreed and that he was confident of making Mina a Lyon player before the end of the week.
Posting on his official Twitter account, Aulas said: “Yerry [Mina] is still very interested in Lyon.
“We all want him to become a Lyon player too so he can play Champions League.”
Mina joined Barcelona in January of this year and was the first Colombian to sign for the Catalan side, but has made just six appearances for the Spanish giants and looks certain to leave.
Should the Blues fail to land Mina, then sources indicate that they will look to Old Trafford and fellow South American Marcos Rojo.
Rojo joined Manchester United in 2014 after an impressive World Cup for Argentina in a deal worth around £16m, following a prolonged work permit issue thanks to pending legal wranglings from 2010 when Rojo was accused of assaulting his neighbour.
He also missed a pre-season tour of America thanks to passport issues, so is almost nailed on to scythe someone in half and kiss the badge as he is sent off at Anfield if he signs for Everton.
Injury troubles have also meant that Rojo has made less than 70 appearances for United in his four years at the club, but he still made it into his country’s 2018 World Cup squad, although they were beaten by France in the last 16.
Rojo can also play at left-back, as well as his more commonly associated centre half position, which would give Everton a wealth of riches at left-back following the signing of Lucas Digne.
Rojo is an adequate backup option to have for Mina, but the kind of money United will be looking for could make his price tag that of someone who should expect to be first choice, and after making just 12 appearances for United last season, that could be a challenge. What do you think?