Carlo Ancelotti cannot stand in Joshua King’s way of sealing a transfer to Galatasaray this summer, as the Turkish giants reportedly plot an eye-watering offer for the Everton striker.
According to Football Insider, Galatasaray are prepared to offer King a huge payday in hopes of enticing the Norwegian to the Super Lig.
King is currently set to leave Goodison Park at the end of the season with Everton expected to release the 29-year-old when his contract expires in June.
Ancelotti has not seen enough from the former Bournemouth forward to believe he is worth keeping on, despite the Toffees having the option to seal a longer-term deal.
King’s impending status as a free agent has now put Galatasaray chiefs on alert, as they look to add a star forward to Fatih Terim’s plans.
The 54-cap international has been deprived of a regular role on Merseyside since his last-gasp arrival on Deadline Day of the winter market, with Ancelotti awarding King all eight of his appearances from the bench.
Galatasaray would be expected to afford the £9m-rated attacker a more prominent role, with the Turk Telekom Stadium natives tipped to offer King a long-term contract with a lucrative salary in order to secure his signature.
King has previously been linked with Cimbom’s Istanbul rivals Fenerbahce after they held discussions with his agent, while Celtic have been touted as a potential destination should they appoint Eddie Howe as their new manager.
Whether or not King is willing to join Galatasaray given his alleged prior connections with Fenerbahce remains to be seen, but Ancelotti cannot develop cold feet over letting the striker leave Everton this summer.
King has proven to be an absolute flop since his arrival at Goodison Park and will have cost the Toffees £3m by the time his contract expires, having paid Bournemouth £2m to take over the final 21 weeks of his £45,000-per-week deal.
Everton have seen no return for their investment thus far with King failing to score in any of his eight appearances, which total a mere 118 minutes, having yet taken a single shot or offer a key pass in royal blue, per WhoScored.
The only players to have featured as or more often under Ancelotti in the Premier League this term and to have also failed to register a single shot are goalkeepers Jordan Pickford and Robin Olsen, with even left-back Niels Nkounkou attempting an effort during his sole 69-minute appearance.
King’s struggles have seen his spell at Goodison Park be described as “disappointing” by the Liverpool Echo’s Connor O’Neill, who notes Ancelotti has overlooked the former Manchester United trainee in recent games due to a shift in tactics.
Injury ruled King out of Everton’s draw with Brighton & Hove Albion on Monday night but he is expected to be fit for Friday’s clash with Tottenham Hotspur. And it will be telling to see how frequently he features over the final eight games of the top-flight campaign, or if an exit is what’s best for all.
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