Everton director Brands enjoyed 'special' deadline day

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Everton sporting director Marcel Brands has denied claims from Manchester United that excessive agents fees were paid in order to sign Yerry Mina.

The Toffees managed to get a deal for the Colombian worldwide over the line on the final day of the transfer window for Premier League clubs, as they spent a fee believed to be worth just under £30m on the Barcelona defender.

The Colombian centre-back shot to prominence during the World Cup finals this summer after his three goals helped the South American side reach the Round of 16.

Following his exploits in Russian Federation this summer, a whole host of clubs had reportedly expressed an interest in landing Mina from Barca, with Everton at the front of the queue. "We were both convinced about him (but) I think with the situation with Watford, we had to pay a little bit more".

"Then they said: "Okay, we will wait until the end of the market". That was a bit of a gamble because everyone was writing about Man United [wanting Mina] and Barcelona used that, agents used that, everyone used it.

Contrary to suggestions in the media, however, Brands insists that Mina was Everton's top defensive target and the 23-year-old only ever had eyes on Goodison Park.

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"For me (it was) special, my first time in the United Kingdom and a very special last day", he said.

'Barcelona said to me, "Man United are coming in".

"In the end it went the right direction, but I was a little bit unsure what would happen in the last days". "That's why we were also keen on back-ups, you never know, but after the weekend before the market closed I had a confident feeling about it". I don't know if they did but I took a bit of a risk with that.

But, as Brands opened up on the club's transfer dealings, he insisted that they have recruited a "very special" talent. He has a lot of speed, the capability to work; he is strong, he is tall.

Everton striker Nikola Vlasic agreed yesterday to join CSKA Moscow on loan for the season and Brands expects Cuco Martina, Muhamed Besic and Yannick Bolasie to leave before the European deadline on August 31.

'We have improved the squad.

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