Napoli are keen on Yerry Mina and he could be offered in part-exchange for Everton top target Kalidou Koulibaly, Football Insider can reveal.
The Colombia international’s future at the Premier League club is in doubt as Carlo Ancelotti looks to recruit an elite centre-back.
Football Insider revealed last week that Spanish outfit Valencia are interested in Mina, 26, and now a recruitment source has said Serie A big guns Napoli are also in the race.
That could prove useful leverage for Everton as they will need to offload some first-team stars to pave the way for some top signings this summer.
This site broke the news on 22nd March that Ancelotti has made Koulibaly his number one target as he looks to recruit a “world-class” centre-back.
The Merseysiders are aware the Senegal international will have to move this summer if Napoli are to secure a £50million-plus fee.
He turns 30 in June and his potential sale value will then plummet.
Mina has been a regular for Everton and started his 21st Premier League match of the season in last night’s 0-0 draw against Brighton.
Ancelotti once again deployed a three-man defence, with Mina flanked by Ben Godfrey and Michael Keane before he was forced off after 58 minutes due to injury.
He has had a mixed three years at Everton since signing from Barcelona for a fee of around £27m in 2018.
Ancelotti admires Mina’s physicality but privately believes he is too erratic and error-prone for a top-tier side.
Of Everton’s four senior centre-backs, each of Keane, Godfrey, Mina and Mason Holgate have started at least 18 Premier League matches this season.
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