Marco Silva's Everton looked to be heading into the 2018-19 season having only strengthened with Richarlison and Lucas Digne, but on Thursday they found agreements with Barcelona for Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes, while Brazil worldwide Bernard signed on a free transfer following his Shakhtar Donetsk departure.
Barcelona originally purchased the Palmeiras player in January, paying 11.8 million euros, a very small amount considering the prices that were being paid for other centre-backs at the time. But, there was no dearth of suitors in his pursuit, with Manchester United and Everton showing a lot of interest in him. To that end, several options were considered, and while Mina didn't exactly suffice the latter criteria, he was still a viable target to bolster the defence.
Mina had always been linked with a move away from Barcelona this summer with the club's purchases of non-EU players in Malcom, Arthur and Arturo Vidal filling their quote per La Liga's rules.
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A summer that started with the intention of balancing the books ended with a flourish as Farhad Moshiri, Everton's major shareholder, sanctioned a deal for Mina, which took the club's spending to about...
Last season's runners-up signed Brazilian midfielder Fred and Portuguese full-back Diogo Dalot earlier in the window.
"It is important that the club want to fight for something". This is why I am here.
"This time they're trying to adjust that, but they've got far too many wide-man, I still think".
"I spoke to Lucas and he told me all about the club, which also made me keen to come here".