Everton manager Frank Lampard may be contemplating whether to sanction the sale of defender Yerry Mina, according to injury expert Ben Dinnery.
The 28-year-old has picked up a fresh fitness concern on the Toffees’ mid-season trip to Australia, sparking fresh speculation over his long-term future at the club.
What is the latest news involving Mina?
Everton signed Mina from Catalan giants Barcelona for £28.5 million back in 2018, putting pen to paper on a five-year contract worth £120,000-per-week.
However, the Colombia international has only been able to show his true ability in flashes due to persistent injury issues, and Lampard revealed that he’s set to have a scan on a new hamstring complaint.
“Yerry felt his hamstring a little bit, so we’re going to have to scan that one,” said the Everton boss following his side’s penalty shoot-out victory over Celtic.
The towering centre-back was withdrawn at half-time against the Hoops after only recently returning from a long-term ankle issue that has limited him to just 160 minutes of action this season.
What has Dinnery said about Mina?
Dinnery has informed GiveMeSport that Mina only plays ‘about 41, 42% of all Premier League games’ and therefore believes questions will be being asked over his Everton future.
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He said: “The issue that they’ve had in recent years, is they have a player that plays roughly around about 41, 42% of all Premier League games.
“So, he’s a player who’s only available two in every five games, and I think, ultimately, you’ve got a look at that record and think to yourself, ‘is it time for this player to move on?’”
Where could Mina move to?
As per Transfermarkt, Mina has missed over 55 games for Everton across all competitions due to various fitness complaints.
The South American has been linked with a move to Serie A in the not-too-distant past, though, but his inability to stay fit has perhaps prevented any side from making a concrete offer for his services.
Previous reports have claimed that the likes of Napoli, Inter Milan and Fiorentina have taken a keen interest in Mina.
And with the 6 foot 5 ace out of contract in the summer, they may be tempted to reignite their interest when the transfer market re-opens for business in the hope of securing a bargain deal.
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