Manchester United consider Barcelona defender Yerry Mina as alternative to £65m-rated Harry Maguire as Leicester boss Claude Puel insists centre back is not for sale
- Manchester United may pursue other targets as Leicester drag their heels
- Yerry Mina is being considered as an alternative to England star Harry Maguire
- Everton have been strongly linked with the 23-year-old Barcelona defender
Manchester United are considering alternatives to Harry Maguire as Leicester demand £65m for England’s World Cup star.
Everton have been strongly linked with the 23-year-old who has struggled to settle at the Nou Camp since joining in January.
Colombia centre back Yerry Mina has emerged as a transfer target for Manchester United
United are considering alternatives to Harry Maguire as Leicester demand £65million
Mina featured only six times for Barcelona but showcased his talent during the World Cup as Colombia progressed past the group stage.
He scored in a 3-0 win over Poland before a last-gasp equaliser in the penalty shootout defeat by England earlier this month.
United have made an approach for England defender Maguire but Leicester do not have to sell and have no desire to let Maguire follow Riyad Mahrez out of the club this summer.
Maguire remains confident that he will move to Old Trafford but time is against United to complete the deal before the transfer window closes ahead of their Premier League opener – against Leicester on August 10.
Mina towered over Maguire to score Colombia’s late equaliser before they tasted defeat
Mina starred at the World Cup and scored against England in Colombia’s last-16 exit
Leicester manager Claude Puel insists Maguire will not be sold this transfer window and has the same stance with goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
As reported by The Leicester Mercury, Puel said: ‘I think we can keep both players. We cannot lose players just a few days before the beginning of the season. We would not be able to find a solution and we cannot be be behind.
‘Kasper and Maguire are so valuable for us. It is important to maintain our structure, our squad and all our valuable players for the team.
‘We know all the difficulties after the World Cup, to work in this condition to prepare all of the squad, to keep good mentality and spirit and to find a good level for every player. If we have another surprise before the end of the pre-season, it will be tough.’