Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wants to bring in a new central defender, if the reports are to be believed.
Since joining the Red Devils, he’s signed Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof in two different summer transfer windows. The Ivory Coast international has struggled with injuries, while the ex-Benfica man is yet to fully adapt.
This leaves the Portuguese tactician with Phil Jones and Chris Smalling as the recognised centre-backs in the squad, along with Marcos Rojo. According to Mundo Deportivo, the English duo are not top quality defenders.
Mourinho wants to bring in a ‘strong’ centre-back who is good in air. The player who fits the profile, according to Mundo, is Barcelona defender Yerry Mina, who impressed for Colombia in the 2018 World Cup.
The report claims Mourinho has not forgotten about United defensive performances in the Champions League knockout stages against Sevilla, when they were eliminated in the round of 16.
Manchester United’s manager ‘believes’ the La Liga player ‘can improve’ his side’s options at central defence. Barcelona’s valuation of Mina, which is believed to be €40m, is something that should not be an issue for the Red Devils, if they want to acquire his services.
His age, 23, is also said to be a good thing for the Premier League club, and these are all presented as ‘motives’ for Mourinho.
Today’s edition of Sport reported Manchester United have already made contact with Barcelona and have asked for time whilst they prepare a formal approach.