Everton defender Yerry Mina has been offered to AC Milan but is too expensive for them at this moment in time.

That’s according to Calciomercato, who say the Colombian is on the list of options the Italian side are looking at to bolster their defence.

They explain that Milan are looking for an alternative to back up their preferred central pairing of Simon Kjaer and Fikayo Tomori, and there are a few names on the list.

Club chiefs Paolo Maldini and Frederic Massara are ‘evaluating’ several players, and there is no intention to rush into a decision.

They have plenty of time to weigh up their options, and one of the names ‘offered’ in ‘recent weeks’ is Yerry Mina.

The Everton man fits the profile on several fronts, chief among them being that he is ‘experienced’, but there are issues if Milan wish to pursue him.

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He has ‘costs’, and between his salary and ‘commissions’, he would be out of the reach of the Rossoneri at this moment in time.

That’s good news for Everton, who would be loathed to lose a player who has flourished under Rafa Benitez this season.

The fact is, though, his current deal at Goodison Park expires in 2023, so they need to make a decision on that front sooner rather than later.

No new deal before next summer means they might be forced to sell to avoid losing the Colombian on a free, which would be a bitter blow given he cost £27m in 2018.

Perhaps him being offered to Milan is an attempt from his agent to hurry that process along, or indeed, sound out options ahead of next summer when his client may be available.