Carlo Ancelotti is right to look to sell Cenk Tosun in the summer transfer market, should the striker return to Everton from a loan spell with Besiktas.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Tosun is among a clutch of players facing uncertain futures at Goodison Park with Everton willing to listen to offers for the Turkey international.
The Blues are not expected to part with any of their prized assets at the end of the season, as Ancelotti strives to build on a challenge for European football.
But some sales are on the cards, with Moise Kean, Bernard and Tosun potentially available should significant interest be shown in the trio.
Everton would look to use any funds raised from Kean’s departure to fund Ancelotti’s efforts to sign a handful of reinforcements, while Bernard and Tosun’s exits would clear significant parts of the club’s wage bill.
Sam Allardyce was a huge advocate of Tosun’s talents when he signed off on a move for the German-born centre-forward in his first and only window at the Goodison Park helm, and lauded him as “the best in Europe” for the price Everton paid Besiktas.
But after scoring five goals in 14 games under the former England head coach, Tosun’s career nosedived and he has only found the back of the net a further six times in 44 appearances under Marco Silva and Ancelotti.
Ancelotti was rarely willing to give Tosun a chance to improve his contribution with just a single start given following his return from injury, before sanctioning a half-season deal to send the 45-cap Turkey international back to Besiktas on loan.
Doing so has saved Everton from having to pay Tosun to take up a seat on the bench with reports that the Vodafone Park side are covering his salary, in a move that is not thought to include any loan fee.
Altogether, Tosun’s struggles for form and premature return from Roy Hodgson’s Eagles has seen Everton waste £42.2m through the striker’s arrival, with £15.2m spent on wages to date.
Tosun was at Goodison Park for 105 weeks before joining Crystal Palace on loan and spent a further 47 weeks on Merseyside before re-joining Besiktas, for a combined 152 weeks with Everton paying his vastly lucrative contract.
Ancelotti is thus right to look to boot Tosun out of Goodison Park for the final time and potentially save Everton a further £5.2m before his terms lapse next summer, and will likely be hoping that Besiktas see enough to pursue a permanent deal after his loan expires.
AND in other news, Everton are tracking a £17m striker with “a wealth of talent”…