Everton would be making a “shortsighted” decision if they chose to sell Mason Holgate this summer. 

That is according to ex-Premier League shot-stopper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively after Football Insider revealed that the Toffees are prepared to let the 24-year-old go in order to fund the pursuit of an A-list centre-back. 

This site revealed in March that renowned Napoli defender Kalidou Kouilibaly was Ancelotti’s top target.

Holgate has started 25 times for Everton this season but Ancelotti is understood to be unconvinced and willing to listen to offers in the upcoming window.

He has been deployed as a centre-back, right-back and defensive midfielder by the Italian manager this season.

Kenny claimed the “grass isn’t always greener” and Everton could regret axing Holgate in favour of a more esteemed name.

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“I think this would be totally shortsighted,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“I’ve always rated him. He’s a good player, he’s versatile, he’s still pretty young as well.

“Sometimes if you haven’t got any funds, you’ve got to move people on. But sometimes the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.

“They might let him go and pay loads for someone else who isn’t as good. We’ll have to wait and see what happens but they should definitely look to be careful with this one.”

Holgate signed for Everton from Barnsley in 2015 and has gone on to make 110 appearances across six seasons on Merseyside.

He only recently signed a new contract, putting pen to paper on a five-year deal in March last year.

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