What’s the word?
According to 90min, the 25-year-old is open to leaving the Etihad Stadium this summer, although any club aiming to sign him would need to promise him game-time in a midfield role.
Should Everton sign Zinchenko?
According to The Athletic, the Ukrainian was offered to the Toffees last week as Lampard looks to refresh his squad this summer.
Having excelled at left-back during his time in Manchester, it is believed that Zinchenko wants to play in a midfield role going forward and this has plunged his future in doubt, with Everton looking to make a move.
Lampard could bolster his squad with Zinchenko move
Following Everton’s recent relegation dogfight in the Premier League, which saw them survive by the skin of their teeth, Lampard will be looking to refresh the squad that he inherited from Rafa Benitez.
Having conceded 66 goals last season in the top flight, there is no doubt where the priority ought to lie, although the addition of greater quality to the midfield should also be considered.
Zinchenko could add that extra bit of quality in the engine room at Goodison Park, and with the player being valued at £25m, the fee shouldn’t be a problem for Lampard. His Sofascore rating of 7.07 from the 2021/22 season was not only better than any Everton midfielder, but exceeded every single player in the Toffees’ squad, so it definitely seems like he would be an upgrade on what the 43-year-old already has.
He was dubbed “frightening” by Gregg Evans during City’s comeback win over Aston Villa last month which secured them the league title.
The 25-year-old excels in the centre of midfield for Ukraine, displaying his qualities with a fantastic performance against Scotland in the recent World Cup play-off semi-final victory. As per Sofascore, he was the highest-ranked player on the pitch with a rating of 8.0 as he made three key passes, had 86 touches and dictated the match in Ukraine’s favour.
At left-back for Man City this season, Zinchenko ranks in the top 1% compared to positional peers in the big five European leagues in both progressive passes (8.02 per 90) and progressive carries (9.3). These statistics suggest that he is at his best when moving forward and starting attacks.
Lampard could offer him this sought-after midfield role at Everton, and with the 25-year-old’s recent performances, especially for Ukraine, he would be an excellent signing for the Toffees.
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