Everton have reached an agreement with reigning Super Lig champions Galatasaray for the transfer of Cimbom striker Mbaye Diagne, according to Sabah.
The Turkish side is looking to part ways with the prolific centre-forward just six months after his arrival from Kasimpasa, as they see his market value as the best place to raise the funds needed for their own flurry into the transfer market.
Diagne was a lethal hitman in the Super Lig last season for Kasimpasa, and continued his form with Aslanlar as they clinched the Turkish top-flight title, with the 27-year-old netting a combined 30 goals in 29 games, along with penning three assists.
Twenty of his strikes came before the close of the January window, before moving to the Turk Telekom Arena, where he would score ten in twelve games for a goal ratio of one every 99 minutes.
The 9-cap international continued to find the back of the net in the Turkiye Kupasi with a goal and an assist to take his total involvement to 35, but failed to break the goal line in either of his Europa League appearances against Benfica.
Galatasaray’s intent to raise funds in order to work on incomings had seen unnamed Saudi Arabian sides approach the Istanbul natives with tempting offers, but Diagne rebuffed the chance to return to the Saudi Professional League after five years away in favour of continuing his career in Europe.
Everton are understood to have stepped in with a ‘very good offer’, believed to be €15million (£13.6m), which has been accepted by Gala. The Blues still have the final details of Diagne’s move to the Premier League to finalise, but the deal is expected to be concluded ahead of the August 8 deadline.
However, Sabah add that we are using funds raised by Henry Onyekuru moving to AS Monaco in order to complete our pursuit of Diagne, but the Nigerian forward has reportedly rejected the move to Ligue 1 in favour of re-joining Cimbom following his season on loan alongside our reported new signing.
If Sabah’s suggestion that we are using the alleged £13.7million from Onyekuru’s departure to fund our pursuit of Diagne, then Director of Football Marcel Brands may have one final hurdle to overcome in order to sign the Senegal striker.