Sporting CP rejected the chance to sign Yannick Bolasie twice this summer before concluding a late deal for the Everton winger after the Blues offered a compromised arrangement, according to O Jogo.
Bolasie completed his one-season loan move to the Jose Alvalade Stadium on the final day of the Portuguese transfer market, despite being linked with numerous sides this summer, including Premier League duo Newcastle United and Southampton (Goal).
According to Portuguese outlet O Jogo, Bolasie was not a part of Sporting’s plans for the summer transfer window, but agents who often work on deals for the Leoes twice offered the DR Congo international to the Liga NOS outfit’s hierarchy in August.
The answer was consistently no, though, as Sporting preferred to continue searching elsewhere, despite seeing all other alternative wide players taken off the board after they were deemed too expensive – either through personal terms or outright transfer fees.
However, with the clock ticking down and the window about to slam shut until the New Year, Sporting entered advanced negotiations with Everton to see if a loan transfer would be possible after Bolasie rejected a move to CSKA Moscow over racism fears.
The terms agreed were heavily compromised in Sporting’s favour as Everton were keen to offload Bolasie, and his £75,000-a-week contract (Spotrac), after failing to find a new home for the former Crystal Palace forward in England, having been shopping the 30-year-old at around £7million (Goal) – £3m shy of his £10m release clause (Liverpool Echo).
It is not noted to what extent Everton are still paying Bolasie’s wage, but O Jogo claims it to be an important part and that the loan fee was also reduced.
Taking some of Bolasie’s lucrative contract off the books for a season will be a pleasant addition for Everton, having spent vast sums in the market themselves to acquire Moise Kean (up to £27.5m, BBC), Alex Iwobi (up to £34m, BBC), Jean-Philippe Gbamin (£25m, BBC) and Fabian Delph (up to £10m, BBC, and on an £80,000-a-week contract, Spotrac) this summer.
Bolasie enjoying a profitable spell with Sporting may also help alleviate any concerns of having to shop around the 35-cap forward next summer, as the Leoes have secured a €4.5m (£4m) option to purchase (Record, via Sport Witness) the Lyon-born man at the end of the term.
With the players brought to Goodison Park this year, and the additions of Bernard and Richarlison last summer, there certainly seems no way back for Bolasie on Merseyside.
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