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Man City could offer John Stones to Everton after reportedly making Mason Holgate a summer target while the Blues have been linked with Adrien Rabiot.

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Man City to offer Stones to Everton?

Keeping with Mason Holgate, the Mirror are reporting Man City’s interest in the Everton defender too.

Manchester City's English defender John Stones (up right) jumps for the ball against Everton's Argentinian defender Ramiro Funes Mori (up left) and Everton's English defender Mason Holgate during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Manchester City at Goodison Park
Manchester City's English defender John Stones (up right) jumps for the ball against Everton's Argentinian defender Ramiro Funes Mori (up left) and Everton's English defender Mason Holgate during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Manchester City at Goodison Park (Image: PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

One interesting line in their report suggests Pep Guardiola could offer John Stones back to his former club as part of any deal to bring Holgate to the Etihad Stadium.

Man City prioritise Holgate

Man City have reportedly placed Mason Holgate at the top of their summer transfer wish-list according to Football Insider.

Mason Holgate applauds the fans at the end of the Premier League match between West Ham United and Everton FC at London Stadium on January 18, 2020
Mason Holgate applauds the fans at the end of the Premier League match between West Ham United and Everton FC at London Stadium on January 18, 2020 (Image: Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Pep Guardiola is in the market for a new centre-back and they report City are keeping close tabs on the Everton defender and have already highlighted him as a firm target when the window re-opens.

Everton are keen to offer the defender new and improved contract as a reward for his form this season, but could City be about to throw a spanner in the works?

DCL criticism

Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been one of Everton’s brightest stars this season.

Reports even claim he’s set to be rewarded with a new contract.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin during the match between Everton and Crystal Palace
Dominic Calvert-Lewin during the match between Everton and Crystal Palace (Image: Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)

But that hasn’t stopped him coming in for some criticism after last weekend’s defeat to Arsenal.

It isn’t justified...

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In case you missed the rumours and speculation from yesterday catch up HERE

Ancelotti must sort Everton problem to realise European aims

Everton have serious designs on finishing inside the top six by the end of the Premier League season.

Their upsurge in form following the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti has put the Blues within touching distance of a Europa League place and that would be some achievement, considering where the club was after the opening few months of the season.

Of course, the highly-successful Italian boss will have aims to get his side competing in the upper echelons of world football in seasons to come too but to achieve that he will need to iron out a few issues at Goodison Park.

Among those problems for the manager is how to get his players to ruthlessly carry out his game plan for the full 90 minutes of any match.

Click HERE to read the full story from Connor Dunn

Carlo Ancelotti blows his whistle during an Everton training session at Finch Farm
Carlo Ancelotti blows his whistle during an Everton training session at Finch Farm (Image: Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)

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