Everton are in pole position to sign Manchester City youngster Tosin Adarabioyo after contract renewal talks with Pep Guardiola’s side broke down, according to The Daily Mail.
The 19-year-old defender is highly rated at City but with negotiations over a new deal stalling, the Merseyside club are set to pounce.
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Adarabioyo’s current contract is set to expire in the summer meaning that he could leave on a free in six months’ time, although the Citizens would be due compensation because of his age.
However, the Toffees are reportedly prepared to pay a fee to sign the England under-19 international before the end of January to ward off interest from other parties.
Guardiola has sought to involve Adarabioyo more in first-team affairs this season and the youngster has featured in both the League Cup and the Champions League, although he is still yet to make his Premier League bow.
Having been in their ranks since the age of five, losing the centre-half would be a wrench for City given the amount of time that has been invested in his development.
Whilst the player is still open to a new contract if the terms are agreeable, there is an increasing sense that he could soon be on the move.
Everton have been highly active in the transfer market already this month, signing Manchester United’s Morgan Schneiderlin and Ademola Lookman from Charlton Athletic, the latter of whom scored in the 4-0 win over City at Goodison Park on Sunday.