Everton defender Mason Holgate has emerged as a summer transfer target for Manchester City, according to the Mirror. In what is now widely reported online, the 23-year-old who has been an impressive figure in the Toffees’ starting XI since Carlo Ancelotti took over, has impressed those at the Etihad Stadium. Hence, City boss Pep Guardiola is said to want the young defender as a part of his team next term.
Defensive frailties this season resulting from Aymeric Laporte’s long-term injury and the poor form of both John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi have proved costly to City’s title defence. Reinforcement of the back line is now a priority for the Catalan manager. The club is expected to add at least two defenders in the summer to mount another title challenge.
Holgate, who plays as a centre-back can operate as a defensive midfielder and as a right-back. He is also good with the ball at his feet. That makes him an ideal Guardiola signing that could vastly improve the Cityzens’ defence.
But Everton are keen to keep their prized asset and reward him with a new contract. The 23-year-old has two years left on his current deal and a renewal is in the cards. That would keep him at Goodison Park for the long-term.
City are said to be considering a bid of around £30 million for the player. And if the Toffees are unimpressed, their resolve could be tested with the inclusion of John Stones in the deal. Having shone brightly for the Merseysiders before moving to Manchester, the Toffees could be interested in having their former player back. City on the other hand could do without the 25-year-old as he has failed to discover his best form at the Etihad Stadium.
But stories about the potential move are all rumours at the moment that should be taken with a pinch of salt.