Some transfers can prove fantastic business even if the player barely plays for the buying side itself before being moved on – this has been the situation in one case for Everton.
In August 2017, Nikola Vlasic was signed for £10m at the age of just 19 after impressing at Hajduk Split. Even at that point in his career, he had already played no fewer than 120 games for the Croatian powerhouse, scoring 13 goals and providing 20 assists along the way. Ronald Koeman, who took him to Goodison Park, said at the time of his signature that he was one of the best young talents in Europe (as per BBC).
However, for some reason, he career with the Toffees never really took off. He managed just 19 appearances during the 2017/18 campaign, his first on the books at Goodison Park, and hit the back of the net just twice. It wasn’t long before he was loaned out to CSKA Moscow, and some may have thought that he would end up being a waste of money.
In the end, though, that proved not to be the case. He enjoyed a fruitful spell last term in Russia, scoring eight goals and providing seven assists in all competitions with the club in 31 matches (as per Transfermarkt). It was clear that he had no future at Everton and the Toffees managed to move him on in a permanent deal to the Russian side for £14m – that represents a 40% profit.
Should Everton have tried to keep Nikola Vlasic?
He continues to impress with CSKA – he has 13 goals and seven assists this term – which could be fantastic news for Marcel Brands, as he managed to include a sell-on clause in the deal that saw Vlasic leave. It could end up being a very lucrative bit of business for the Toffees.
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