The future of Barcelona’s Yerry Mina has been handed another twist with Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas now claiming that the defender wants to go to France to play for his club
While the Colombia international had only joined Barcelona in January this year from Brazilian side Palmeiras, he has been persistently linked with a move away from the Camp Nou following a rather unspectacular first six months.
Mina had said that he would be prepared to remain at Catalonia for another season to fight for his Barcelona future after holding talks with Everton over a move to the Premier League this summer.
But Aulas is certain that he knows what prompted Mina’s sudden change of heart and is sure that he can convince the Colombian to join Lyon.
“I have in my mind one example where we are in a battle with Everton,” The Frenchman said on his transfer targets, via SportsKeeda.
“I don’t think they play in the Champions League. There is indeed a gap in terms of revenue.
“If we think about the same player then he told me that he would prefer for us than playing for a club that doesn’t play the Champions League.”
Five appearances in his first six months for Barcelona was what has promoted Mina to consider his future.
But after scoring three goals at the World Cup for Colombia this summer, the 23-year-old has no shortage of interest.
“I think that there are players who do not want to play for, let’s say the team we play tomorrow, Huddersfield,” he said.
“Even if they will be paid more, they would prefer to play for Lyon.”