Joleon Lescott has found himself out of the Manchester City starting line-up a number of times this campaign and it has sparked some doubt over whether he may head out of the Etihad Stadium as soon as January.
As it always is with City, the ball is very much in their court and they are not in a position where they need to sell – but if Lescott wants out – Roberto Mancini might not stand in his way.
The ex-Everton man has been injured for parts of the season, but also left out of the side altogether by Mancini and his former manager, David Moyes, is not ruling out the option to resign the central defender.
He said: “If Joleon wanted to come back – if I thought we needed him – I’d be delighted to have him back.
“When Joleon left, Everton were in a different place to where we are now. Everton look more likely now to be at the top end than they do now.”
City would of course lose a fair amount of money if they did sell the England international as they spent £22 million to bring him to the Etihad, something that the Toffees would not be able to afford. Lescott did not leave on the best of terms either and Moyes questioned his attitude whilst the transfer was going through.
However, such is the quality of Lescott that the Everton manager is sure to settle any differences and would welcome him to Goodison Park with open arms.
The Citizens might not be in a position to sell the 30-year-old though as on his day, he is one of the best centre-backs around and what Mancini needs in his squad is strength in depth.
He was also a key figure in helping City win their first every Premier League title and formed a fantastic partnership with Captain Vincent Kompany. But Mancini seems to prefer playing 19-year-old Matija Nastasić in the big matches and clearly sees him as one for the future.
Lescott has plenty to ponder and he knows that Everton can make a challenge for Champions League football this campaign – which could be a key factor in him heading back to Merseyside.
Moyes is likely to assess his options in the January window and if he has the funds and feels as though he needs someone like Lescott in the squad – then he might just make his move.