Gareth Barry tops Everton’s 4 Prem-era Man City raids as £ 30m star eyed

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Everton are interested in signing Oleksandr Zinchenko to improve their midfield creativity, which can make him Toffees’ fifth Premier League-era transfer from Manchester City yet.

Frank Lampard is eager to strengthen the attacking threat of his engine room through the off-season this year. The Blues could only produce the top-flight’s 14th-best offensive haul in 2021/22 with 43 goals from 38 games, with central midfielders accounting for just four.

Those Lampard and his predecessor Rafa Benitez fielded in central roles also only recorded seven of Everton’s 30 assists. Abdoulaye Doucoure was additionally the Toffees’ top scorer and creator from central midfield with two goals and laying on a further four in 30 fixtures.

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Everton are interested in Manchester City’s Zinchenko as midfield target

Now, Goal report Everton are interested in signing Manchester City left-back Zinchenko to improve their creativity in midfield. Lampard is open to pushing Ukraine international higher up to the pitch than his role at the Etihad Stadium to address his side’s deficiencies.

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Zinchenko has a raft of admirers from around the Premier League, though, with West Ham United among those tracking his situation. But The Athletic report Everton are showing the most interest in Zinchenko’s services with Manchester City open to his possible departure.

Pep Guardiola will not stand in Zinchenko’s way as his exit would free a slot at left-back for Brighton & Hove Albion’s Marc Cucurella. However, 90min also report the Etihad hierarchy value the 52-cap ace at over £ 30m as German, Spanish, Italian and French teams are keen.

Additionally, Leicester City and Arsenal have joined Everton and West Ham in approaching Zinchenko’s agent to discuss his transfer. The full-back would consider leaving Manchester City this year, too, providing his possible new club promises to field him in central midfield.

Everton, then, could hold an advantage over their rival suitors, given Lampard is interested in Zinchenko playing in his midfield. So, with that in mind, how have the Toffees’ previous arrivals from Manchester City gone on to fare at Goodison Park in the Premier League-era?

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Delph last Manchester City arrival for Zinchenko to follow amid Everton interest

Fabian Delph is Everton’s most recent transfer from Manchester City for Zinchenko to now possibly follow amid Lampard’s interest. The Toffees bought the midfielder off the Citizens in 2019 under Marco Silva in a deal worth up to £ 10m, and gave him a three year contract.

Delph had lifted two Premier League titles under Guardiola before moving to Merseyside, where the 32-year-old has now reached the end of his terms. Everton have also confirmed they will release Delph, per BBC Sport, after 41 appearances during an injury-plagued spell.

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Mangala moved to Merseyside in 2018 for half-season loan spell

Eliaquim Mangala moved to Merseyside in January 2018 to spend the second half of that term on loan at Everton from Manchester City. The center-half had cost the Citizens £ 32m in 2014, but only turned out 79 times for the club before joining Valencia for free in 2019.

His time at Goodison was Mangala’s second temporary spell away from the Etihad, having joined Valencia for the 2016/17 season. But the eight-cap France international only played twice for the Toffees before a knee injury ended his time under Sam Allardyce in February.

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Martinez retained Barry after Everton loan from Manchester City

Roberto Martinez sealed his first transfer in the summer of 2014 by retaining Gareth Barry for free. The midfielder had spent the 2013/14 term on loan at Goodison from Manchester City, and helped the Spaniard guide the Blues to a fifth-place result – their best since 2009.

Barry returned to Merseyside in a permanent transfer after his Citizens contract expired at the end of his loan spell. He would go on to amass 155 appearances for Everton and made at least 32 outings in each Premier League term before joining West Brom in 2017 for £ 1m.

Jo jumped from Manchester City to Everton on loan in 2009 after tough start

Brazilian striker Jo jumped from Manchester City to Everton on loan in January 2009 after his tough start in England. The Citizens had bought the forward from CSKA Moscow during the prior summer for a then club-record £ 18m, but he only scored three goals in 18 games.

Jo would offer the Toffees five goals across 12 appearances, all in the Premier League, and also returned to Goodison on loan for the 2009/10 campaign. Yet after two goals from 24 games in all competitions, the 20-cap ace left for Galatasaray in January until the summer.

Lampard, then, will hope Zinchenko enjoys a career with Everton more akin to Barry’s than Delph and Jo, should the Ukraine international be interested in leaving Manchester City for Goodison this summer to further his career in midfield and improve the Toffees’ creativity.

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