By Michael Brown

3rd Jul, 2020 | 7:30am

Exclusive: £40m-valued Everton star tipped to join PL giants

Michael Brown has tipped Everton defender Mason Holgate to leave the club if Manchester City make a move this summer.

The former City and Tottenham midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the centre-back would relish the chance to work under Pep Guardiola.

As revealed by Football Insider, City are plotting a summer raid for the 23-year-old, who was valued at £40million pre-lockdown, in a bid to bolster their defensive options.

Guardiola’s men know it will be a challenge to prise Holgate away from Goodison Park after he signed a new long-term contract back in March.

However, Brown suggests that, should City come calling, the versatile enforcer will find it almost impossible to turn the opportunity down.

Brown told Football Insider: “Well the fact of the matter is he won’t want to turn it down and that’s no disrespect to Everton, he’s done great there, he’s looking good and it looks like he’s going to play games.

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“A club like Manchester City are just on another level to Everton at the moment and that’s life. Geographically it’s good, so if that was the case you’d see him wanting to go and work with Pep as well.

“That’s just the walk of life and I’m sure every Evertonian would agree it’s going to be tough one to say he’d turn them down if that was the case.” 

Holgate, who can operate as a central defender or a right-back, has played 30 times across all competitions this season.

The England under-21 international broke into the starting XI back in October and has remained a mainstay under Carlo Ancelotti.

In other Everton news, a defender at the club has been told to find a new club after hamstring blow.

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