The Daily Mail reports that Sheffield United are considering a move for Everton captain Phil Jagielka.

Jagielka’s current contract at Goodison Park expires this summer. The Liverpool Echo says the defender is expected to be released after 12 years with the club.

Jagielka joined the Toffees from the Blades the last time the latter were in the Premier League in 2007. The 36-year-old became an England regular, with 40 caps to date.

Jagielka came through the youth ranks at Bramall Lane, progressing into the first team in 2000. The centre-back played 247 times for United before leaving for Merseyside.

He has been a consistent performer for Everton ever since, making 385 appearances. However, last season Jagielka started to become more of a peripheral figure and played just seven times.

What could hold it up?

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The Sun has previously reported of the Blades’ interest in re-signing Jagielka. Apparently manager Chris Wilder is keen to add some top flight experience to his squad following their promotion.

Jagielka would certainly fit the bill, but there is one potential issue. Marco Silva allowing the veteran to leave could depend on the future of Kurt Zouma.

Zouma has impressed on loan with the Toffees from Chelsea in 2018/19. Silva is keen to sign the Frenchman on a permanent basis.

Yet the Blues are unwilling to allow Zouma to depart if their transfer ban is upheld. Fifa has rejected their appeal against not signing new players in the next two transfer windows.

The West London club have been found to have breached the rules surrounding the signing of minors. Their appeal has now gone to the court of arbitration.

With the inability to bring in new players, Chelsea may decide they want to keep Zouma – especially with Gary Cahill leaving Stamford Bridge. In turn, Silva may then want to retain the services of Jagielka for the time being.

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