Everton rising star Lewis Gibson may quit this summer as the likely arrival of Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes pushes him further down the pecking order, Football Insider understands.
Gibson, 19, completed a deadline-day loan move to Fleetwood Town in January, as first revealed by this site, after failing to break into the Toffees side.
An Everton source has told Football Insider that the increasingly possible signing of Magalhaes could mean the permanent departure of the teenager.
Like Magalhaes, Gibson is a left-footed centre-back and he is regarded as a player of immense promise by his parent club.
He signed from Newcastle United in 2017 for an initial £1million although it could rise to a potential £6m if all add-ons are achieved.
Gibson signed an extension to his Everton contract in January – tying him to the club until the summer of 2022 – before heading out to Fleetwood.
As reported by Football Insider, Everton are closing in on the capture of the Ligue 1-based star after offering him a five-year contract and bidding around £30m.
He could become the club’s first summer signing and means even greater competition in the centre-back position next season.
Mason Holgate and Yerry Mina were Ancelotti’s favoured pairing before the lockdown, while England international Michael Keane has also been a mainstay of the team this season.
Gibson is regarded as a huge talent capable of establishing himself in their first team in the future.
But he has had an extended taste of first-team football for Joey Barton’s side, making nine consecutive starts in League One – six of which resulted in wins – before the season was suspended.
Everton had been expected to loan out Gibson again next season, but he could push for a permanent move if the Magalhaes deal goes through.