Manchester United are said to have withdrawn from their pursuit of Yerry Mina this month after Barcelona insisted on having a buy-back clause written into the Colombian’s contract upon transfer.
The centre-back had been highlighted as one of the prime defensive targets for United heading into deadline day but a deal never materialised with the defender joining Everton instead.
According to The Times, via Metro, the United board are understood to have rejected a proposed agreement for Mina despite Jose Mourinho making a personal call to lure the defender to Old Trafford.
It is added that the club had issues with a buy-back clause and agent fees, though the former appears the main reason as United may have been reluctant to risk losing Mina to the Spanish side in the future.
It remains to be seen whether United may regret the decision but there are some positives to take forward with Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof now being offered the chance to start regularly.
The pair were solid with their performance for vast parts of the season opener against Leicester City and the supporters will now be hoping for a replicate showing during this weekend’s outing at Brighton.