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Manchester City keen on Everton’s Anthony Gordon

Pep Guardiola is reportedly a big fan of Everton winger Anthony Gordon and the 21-year-old could be an excellent addition at Manchester City.

What’s the word?

According to The Times, Guardiola is a keen admirer of the Toffees winger, who is also attracting serious interest from Chelsea after breaking onto the scene last season.

The report claims that Everton have turned down a £45m offer from Thomas Tuchel’s side for the academy graduate, but that £50m could be enough to see them sell the England U’21 international this summer.

Therefore, if Guardiola is keen on bringing in the youngster, he may have to act quickly, or he risks losing out on another player to the Blues, having already seen Marc Cucurella favour a move to London over Manchester this summer.

A perfect signing

With the above report in mind, it is evident that the Man City boss would love to add the Evertonian to his side.

City have already sold Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus this summer, with only Julian Alvarez arriving as an option on the wing, so you could argue that Guardiola could do with some extra depth out wide.

Riyad Mahrez will also turn 32 this season, so Gordon could be a perfect long-term heir to the Algerian out wide if he is moved on in the next couple of seasons.

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Last season saw Gordon make 35 appearances in the Premier League for Frank Lampard’s side, in which he contributed four goals and two assists, averaging a solid 6.70 rating from WhoScored for his performances.

Of Everton’s remaining squad, only Demarai Gray and Dominic Calvert-Lewin would contribute more goals and assists, so it is clear to see how important he has become to the Toffees, and they will be desperate to keep hold of him as they look to avoid another relegation battle this season.

Not only is Gordon a threat going forward, but he also has an impressive defensive work rate, something that would make him a perfect fit when considering the high-press City operate with.

The young Everton winger scores above the 90th percentile for tackles, blocks and pressures per 90 when compared to other players in his position across Europe’s top five leagues over the last year, demonstrating why Boreham Wood boss Luke Garrard dubbed him a frightening prospect.

Alan Shearer is also a fan of him, showering the 21-year-old with praise last season, saying:

“A young man that has been causing quite a bit of excitement is Anthony Gordon. Everton fans have really gotten behind the winger who has shown passion and plenty of ability in what has been a tough season for the Toffees.

“I’ve personally been impressed by his fearless attitude, he’s not afraid to get stuck in and he tries to make things happen going forward, putting plenty of crosses into the box.”

At such a young age, the Everton man is only going to get better and with Guardiola as his manager, there is no reason why he couldn’t establish himself as a top talent at the Etihad.

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