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Everton sign Barça's Mina and Gomes, Shakhtar's Bernard

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Frederick Owens | 10 August, 2018, 14:50

Everton have completed the signing of Barcelona defender Yerry Mina, who was also being targeted by Manchester United for a move this summer.

Mina, the Colombia centre-half who scored against Jordan Pickford at the World Cup, was a priority signing for Silva amid concern over his central defensive options.

Bernard became the Blues' first arrival, joining on a free transfer after his contract with Shakhtar Donetsk expired at the end of the previous season.

In the immortal words of one Larry David: preeeetty... preeeeetty... pretty good.

There was a predictably frantic conclusion to the last hours of business, the Premier League waiting to register ten players after the 5pm deadline, deal sheets submitted pending medicals and the agreement of personal terms. "I am also determined to do my best for Everton".

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'The manager made me feel confident I wanted to play here because of what he's done in the past. "He is a very good coach and he has achieved really good things at other clubs", he said in a statement. This is a great opportunity for me and I am looking forward to competing here.

"That is why I made my choice, because of the confidence both the manager and the Club showed in me".

And Mina was followed to Everton by Barcelona teammate Andre Gomes, with the Catalan club confirming his move on an initial season-long loan with a fee of £2m.

Asked specifically about his chat with Silva, he continued: 'I did not need a lot of convincing.

The fee for Mina, who only joined the Spanish champions in January, could rise by €1.5 million and Barcelona have inserted a buy-back clause in the player's contract. I know about Everton's players and I look forward to being able to play with my new team.

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