Everton tipped to make £12m loss as Euro side prepare bid for outcast
Everton could lose upwards of £12million after a European side registered their interest in one of Rafa Benitez’s midfielders.
The Toffees have had to deal with a number of expensive transfer mistakes in recent seasons. Alex Iwobi joined the club from Arsenal in 2019 for a reported £34m. However, the Nigeria international has rarely proven his cost to be good value.
The winger has appeared six times in the Premier League this campaign but is yet to register a goal or assist. Italy forward Moise Kean joins him in the flop department.
Kean was thought of as one of the top young strikers in the world when he left Juventus for Everton two years ago. But just four goals in 39 matches came his way in England and the 21-year-old has since returned to Serie A.
Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez is the most recent example. Everton allowed him to join Qatari side Al-Rayyan for free in a bid to get his astronomical wages off their books.
Reports now reveal the latest Everton flop who could be about to move on. Turkish outlet Takvim (via Sport Witness) claim that Fenerbahce are hoping to sign Jean-Philippe Gbamin.
The Ivorian signed for Everton in that busy summer of 2019 for £25m. He impressed during his previous spell with Mainz but has rarely featured in the Toffees’ blue strip.
Injuries have limited Gbamin to just four appearances in all competitions. His most recent outing was during the Carabao Cup second-round win over Huddersfield Town. The central midfielder is unlikely to ever make Benitez’s starting eleven in the league.
Takvim write that Fenerbahce manager Vitor Pereira has scouted Gbamin on the odd occasion that he has been playing. Pereira believes he can get the best out of the star and wants to sign him in January.
Just €15m (£12.7m) would be enough to complete a deal. That would see Everton take another financial hit on Gbamin, worth around £12.3m.
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Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo claim that Goodison Park is the ‘most feasible’ destination for Isco.
The playmaker could soon be on the move after being deemed surplus to requirements at Real Madrid. Manager Carlo Ancelotti tends to play a 4-3-3 formation which doesn’t suit the 29-year-old.
His contract expires in June which means a January sale would make the most sense. Benitez is monitoring the situation and may convince Everton officials to submit a bid.
He has space in the squad and a small pot of funds in the bank after the departure of Rodriguez in September.
Isco would bring plenty of experience to the Merseyside club. He has lifted four Champions League trophies and two La Liga titles during his time at the Bernabeu.
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Source: Transfer News – TEAMtalk
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