Everton have lowered their asking price for Marco Silva outcast Cenk Tosun, as the Blues boss is keen to make January 2020 reinforcements, according to Football Insider.
Tosun has barely featured under Silva this term with the Turkey striker handed his season debut against Lincoln City in the Carabao Cup last month, before waiting until the Toffees faced Sheffield United last weekend for his maiden Premier League appearance of the campaign (TransferMarkt).
Tosun’s future at Goodison Park has been unclear since the turn of the year, when Everton slapped a £20million asking price on the forward after he slipped down Silva’s pecking order over the festive period (Liverpool Echo).
The Blues fielded calls from Premier League sides willing to take the 28-year-old off their hands in the winter market, but saw no move come to fruition as the requests were on the basis of a loan deal.
Everton remained open to selling the Wetzlar, Germany-born striker in the summer as they held firm in their £20m asking price, as the inbound arrival of Moise Kean from Juventus would further challenge the Eintracht Frankfurt product for minutes on Merseyside.
Tosun attracted interest in the summer, and more recently from Qatari side Al Gharafa, although he rejected the Far East outfit’s advances as he is settled with his family on Merseyside and is still keen to fight for his place under Silva.
The Portuguese head coach is keen to make necessary reinforcements in the winter, however, and Everton are willing to sell Tosun for a reduced amount of £15m in order to fund the additions Silva is asking for – marking a £12m loss on the £27m paid to Besiktas in January 2018.
Everton lowering their valuation of Tosun should come as no surprise to the Goodison Park faithful, as the Blues’ expectations that the Turkey striker would face reduced minutes has come true and he remains on the fringes constantly looking in as Kean and Dominic Calvert-Lewin present Silva’s attacking options.
If Calvert-Lewin can maintain his recent spate of goals going forward, the chances of Tosun featuring will only become slimmer, too, at which point he will likely be pushing for a move away in order to support his case for a place in Turkey’s Euro 2020 squad.
Tosun’s £60,000-a-week contract (Spotrac) – which runs until 2022 – may prove to be a stumbling block in some negotiations, though, and Everton may have to accept a loan exit with an obligation to buy in the summer on certain conditions in order to see that the 40-cap international leaves in January.
Everton fans, is there a way for Tosun to regain his place in Silva’s plans, or is he too far gone to save his Toffees career? Let us know in the comments below…Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more Everton notifications!
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