It has tonight been reported by The Guardian that former Blue Jack Rodwell will return to Everton in the summer. Manager Roberto Martinez attempted to sign the still young midfielder on the final day of the January transfer window, but with City failing in their bid for Porto’s Fernando, the deal fell through.
The deal, which is incredibly likely to go through, would see Manchester City taking a massive hit on the initial £12 million they paid out for Rodwell, with the Blues unlikely to be able to afford anything near that figure, alongside his well known injury problems.
It is unsure as to whether this would affect the attempts to also sign Gareth Barry on a free transfer, however if both deals were to go through then the midfield options of Barry, McCarthy, Rodwell and Gibson would be very positive going into the new season.
Rodwell made 85 appearances for Everton in his time, fairly high for a player so young and with near constant injuries. When he was fit, he was regarded as a very bright prospect and one that if could stay injury free, a coup for the Everton midfield. He has featured only 14 times for Manchester City, and their fans will just be looking to get back a half-decent fee that could see them bring in a much more cultured and mature player.