Everton have reportedly placed Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta under ‘serious consideration‘, as the Merseyside club continue the hunt for their next manager, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Pep Guardiola’s right-hand man has been subject to numerous reports linking him with a move away from the Etihad Stadium in recent months, most notably moves to one of either Arsenal or Everton. The 37-year-old appears to be very highly-rated by a number of key figures within Manchester City, and his coaching talent hasn’t gone unnoticed around the Premier League in particular.
Everton are claimed to have ‘talked at length‘ at boardroom level about making a move for the Spanish coach, but are yet to make a decision on who they want to succeed the recently departed Marco Silva.
The Liverpool Echo suggests that Everton’s Director of Football, Marcel Brands has a ‘strong relationship‘ with his Manchester City counterpart, Txiki Begiristain – a relationship that could work to the Toffees’ advantage, should they go head-to-head with Arsenal in the chase for Arteta’s services.
The links involving Mikel Arteta with a permanent managerial role at a Premier League club lead on from numerous other stories linking the Spaniard with a move away from the Etihad Stadium. In recent transfer windows, it was suggested that the likes of Newcastle United and Olympique Lyonnais were also prepared to hand their number one job to the relatively inexperienced Spaniard.
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