According to a report from France Football, Everton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg has been linked with a move to French side Lille. The 35-year-old has been well down the pecking order at Goodison Park behind Jordan Pickford and Joel Robles, and while the arrival of new manager Marco Silva could change his fortunes, it seems unlikely that the Dutchman will command regular football at the Merseyside outfit.
But with Lille reportedly keen on a move for the 58-cap Netherlands international, and believing that £2 million may be enough to secure his signature, Everton should absolutely sanction his departure this summer.
Ultimately, things haven’t worked out for Stekelenburg since his move to Goodison Park back in 2016, with the 35-year-old seeking regular first team football after a frustrating spell at Fulham, a stint which saw him go out on loan to Monaco and Southampton, where he also struggled for minutes.
And while he played 25 times for the Toffees in his first season at the club in 2016/17, 17 of which coming in the Premier League, he has slowly but surely fallen out of favour at Goodison Park, to the point that he mustered just three senior appearances last season.
And while second-choice Everton shot-stopper Robles has made the move to Real Betis this summer, and thus Stekelenburg is set to move up the goalkeeping pecking order, he is still highly unlikely to dispose Pickford, whose World Cup exploits are only likely to further raise his stock.
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Thus, it’s clear that the Dutchman is not what is required at Goodison Park, and while his departure would leave Silva short of goalkeeping options ahead of the 2018/19 season, recouping £2 million would be a mighty fine result.
And given he is very much entering the twilight of his career, Stekelenburg himself is unlikely going to be happy sat around on the bench in the final year of his Everton contract, so not only does a deal make sense for the club, but it also makes sense for the player himself.
As such, for £2 million, Everton should absolutely let the 35-year-old leave Goodison Park this summer.
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