Everton complete signing of Yerry Mina from Barcelona

Barcelona duo Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes join Everton

The 25-year-old had been a free agent since leaving Shakhtar Donestk at the end of last season and was inundated with offers, particularly from the Premier League.

Barcelona can buy the centre-half back for around £30m if he does well at Goodison but, for now, he is an Everton player.

Everton's season-long loan deal for Portugal's Gomes will see them pay 2.25 million euros (RM10.6 million) and the player's wages.

Silva has been desperate to bolster Everton's defence all summer and had been linked with a number of targets, such as Manchester United's Marcus Rojo and Newcastle's Jamaal Lascelles, but Mina was his top target.

Upon joining Everton, Mina told evertontv, "It is important that the club want to fight for something".

The fee represents a healthy profit for the Spanish champions, who signed Mina from Palmeiras for €11.8m (£10.6m) only in January and obtained a buy-back option in the deal. "He is a very good coach and he has achieved really good things at other clubs", he said in a statement.

"Everton is a club with a great structure and a lot of tradition, historically the fourth most successful club in England".

"I did not need any convincing to come here". But I was also convinced Everton could improve me and that I would be able to show my best as a player here'.

With a little less than two hours left for Premier League sides to do deals, Everton are cutting it close but they remain confident of taking both deals over the line in time.

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