By Daniel Feliciano

25th Apr, 2023 | 5:10pm

Yerry Mina unlikely to continue at Everton, open to return to Brazilian football

Yerry Mina is unlikely to continue at Everton beyond the summer and is open to a return to Brazilian football, according to journalist Andre Hernan (24 April).

Mina joined Everton from Barcelona in a deal worth £26.5m back in 2018 but has struggled to establish himself as a regular at Goodison Park after suffering with a number of injuries.

With his contract at the club set to expire this summer and Sean Dyche preferring other options in central defence, Mina is unlikely to stick around beyond the summer and according to someone close to the player he is open to returning to Brazil where he made a name for himself with Palmeiras.

“Quickly I want to talk about Yerry Mina who is 28 years old and has won the Brazilian championship with Palmeiras,” he said on his personal Youtube channel (24 April).

“Everton signed him for the Premier League but he didn’t perform well and he’s a player who shouldn’t continue at Everton.

“I talked to someone who works day to day with Yerry Mina and the answer was not very enlightening. It was a slightly cold response.

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“They said that of course several clubs in Brazil have always sounded out about Mina and that a return to Brazilian football is not ruled out, but he says that at the moment they are dealing with this Everton issue, but Mina does not rule it out the Brazilian market if there is some kind of proposal.”

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Mina is without a doubt one of our better defenders when he’s fit, but that final part of the sentence is the biggest issue.

It’s no use being our best option if you’re never fit or available, and much like Dominic Calvert-Lewin the time has come to start looking at alternatives for the majority of the time when they’re not there.

Mina is 28 now and at the end of his contract, so it would be a crazy decision for the Toffees to renew his deal when he’s not in the current manager’s plans and with the wage he’s been on.

It’s the perfect opportunity for everyone for him to move on and kickstart his career again elsewhere, while Everton could deal with having that money available again for other players and things.

It’s the right decision for all involved for him not to be involved beyond this season, but it’s good to hear that he’s still focusing on our season with our Premier League status not yet assured.