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Yerry Mina leaving Everton in January is “going to happen” believes Kevin Campbell, with Inter reportedly ready to spend €10million.
The Colombian centre-back is into the final year of his contract but has missed nearly all of the season so far with the latest in a long series of injuries during his time at Goodison Park, and Calcio Mercato reported on 11 October that Simone Inzaghi’s side have lined him up as a replacement for Milan Skriniar.
Ex-Toffees captain Campbell, a Sky Sports pundit, thinks a move to the San Siro could be the best option for the 28-year-old as his lack of availability at Everton continues to negate his obvious quality on the pitch.
“I think that’s going to happen,” he exclusively told Goodison News of a January exit.
“When Yerry Mina’s been fit he’s been really useful to Everton, but you know my saying – the best ability is availability.
“And if you’re not available them really your value to the club is diminished significantly because you’re not fit to play enough.
“So again, contract running down, I think this is something that could happen.
“Yerry Mina’s a Colombian international, very good player, but unfortunately with the demands of the Premier League he just can’t keep himself fit.
“So maybe he’ll get better luck at Inter Milan, or somewhere else.”
Last season Frank Lampard’s side was crying out for the use of Mina in the middle when he was absent once again.
The situation may be very much the same on the injury front this season, but with James Tarkowski and Conor Coady now manning the centre of the backline the club can afford to move on.
His ability to stay fit has arguably prevented Mina from becoming a star of the Toffees side since his arrival from Barcelona, but with the chances of him being a new contract in light of his injury record it surely makes sense to cash in during the winter window.