Everton face an uphill battle trying to sign Tosin Adarabioyo if the Manchester City hierarchy rate the youngster as highly as some of the fans on social media.
The Sunday Mirror (9/8; page 65) reported at the weekend that the Toffees are interested in the centre-back.
The report claimed that Carlo Ancelotti viewed the 22-year-old as a potential cheaper alternative as he also considers moves for Kurt Zouma or Tyrone Mings.
Adarabioyo is yet to make his Premier League debut for Pep Guardiola’s men. But he has demonstrated his potential out on loan, having spent time with West Bromwich Albion and Blackburn Rovers.
He made 34 Championship appearances for Rovers last season. The Mirror notes that he is out of contract at the Etihad Stadium next summer.
But plenty of City fans are adamant that he should not be allowed to leave permanently during this window. They are optimistic that he has an incredibly bright future ahead, and they hope that he can feature in Guardiola’s plans this season.
Some have suggested that a loan move to Goodison Park could work for all parties. Adarabioyo can show that he is ready for top flight football, while City will surely benefit in the long-term if the youngster enjoys a good year on Merseyside.
But the City supporters have no interest in seeing Adarabioyo sold this summer.
Here is how some of the fans reacted to the links with Everton…
Either keep him as backup or loan him out
Don’t even think of selling him
— CITYZEN PRATIK MAITY (@imbluemancunian) August 9, 2020
Ancelotti wanting him… This only shows his level… Let him on loan or keep him as 4th cb …
— Subodh Acharya (@sa_subodh) August 9, 2020
We must hang on to this lad but also let his ambition have an outlet.
Loan him out but retain his registration
— ManCityfan15 (@MCityfan15) August 9, 2020
don’t sell this player, just loan him, he can develop.
— ARIF BAGUS P. (@ArifBagus90) August 9, 2020
DO NOT SELL HIM
— Steve Wright (@SteveWright17) August 9, 2020
buyback clause would be perfect, he gets move to a good club and get PL experience for us if he turns out good enough we just buy him back
— ShiznickMCFC (@JanYoUnchained) August 9, 2020
No, he should stay and take Garcia’s position.
— Mpho (@isaacxo17) August 9, 2020