Manchester City could launch a £30m move for Everton defender Mason Holgate in the summer, as the second-place side look to expand their defensive options ahead of next season.
The 23-year-old could be about to make a meteoric rise to join one of the finest team’s in English football, after featuring in the Championship for West Bromwich Albion last season.
His contributions were not enough for the west Midlands side, who lost in the play-off semi-final against rivals Aston Villa.
Despite this, the defender has featured regularly under Carlo Ancelotti in the Premier League so far in this campaign.
Holgate joined Barnsley at a young age and came through the Tykes’ youth academy, before joining Everton in 2015 after stepping up to the Championship side’s first team squad as a teenager.
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Although he has failed to appear regularly during his four-and-a-half year spell at Goodison Park, his potential and performances when he did play was enough for Darren Moore to sign him on-loan for West Brom in the 2019 winter window.
At the time, the Baggies were playing for automatic promotion, with Moore placing trust in the young defender to guide the club to promotion to the top flight.
Despite being unable to help West Brom to a win in the play-off semi-final second leg, in which he missed a crucial penalty in the shoot-out, he was impressive under both Moore and James Shan later on in the season.
The former England youth international, who can play across the back and in defensive midfield, has recently featured at centre-back alongside Yerry Mina under Carlo Ancelotti.
According to the Mirror, the defender is currently subject of strong interest from Man City.
Even though interest from the Etihad could be career-changing prospect, a potential move to Manchester City may not be the only thing on Holgate’s mind heading into the next month.
England face Italy and Denmark in friendlies at the end of March, and the Everton defender could be in line to receive his first senior call-up from Gareth Southgate after playing a part in the Toffees’ rise up the Premier League title.
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City boss Pep Guardiola is currently lacking options in defence, as Aymeric Laporte was forced to come off against Real Madrid and could face a number of weeks out.
John Stones is another option to the Spanish manager, although the England defender hasn’t featured as much as he may have wanted to this season.
Despite the potential interest from Manchester City, the 23-year-old could be persuaded to stay and continue playing under Ancelotti, who is a three-time Champions League winner as manager.
Guardiola currently has two European titles to his name, although he could still win his third if they retain their aggregate lead against Real Madrid in next month’s round of 16 second leg tie.
However, they will have their work cut out against Zinedine Zidane’s side, who won three consecutive Champions League titles under the Frenchman in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Madrid’s 4-1 second leg defeat against Ajax prevented them from progressing any further than the round of 16 that year, and they could be about to exit the competition at the same stage again this season if they fail to win in Manchester next month.
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