With the Premier League and Championship transfer window shut, Everton will have to rely on foreign clubs to sign Yannick Bolasie this summer. The 30-year-old is on the periphery at Goodison Park and is expected to be sold before September 2.
According to Dan King of The Sun, Bolasie has interest from Besiktas and Trabzonspor, but his release clause is reportedly causing problems. The DR Congo international has a £10m clause attached to his contract at Everton and earns £3.9m-a-year.
Besiktas’ record signing is Rodrigo Tabata from Gaziantepspor for £7.2m. They only spent £10.7m this summer too. Trabzonspor’s record signing is Gokhan Unal from Kayserispor for £5.6m. They’ve spent £3.7m in the latest transfer window.
With the likes of Loris Karius, Gary Medel, Jeremain Lens and Ricardo Quaresma in the squad, Besiktas aren’t shy in signing former Premier League and Championship players. Trabzonspor brought in three of their own this summer – Caleb Ekuban (Leeds), Alexander Sörloth (Crystal Palace), John Obi Mikel (Middlesbrough).
Both sides could realistically be in for Bolasie, but it’s unlikely they will pay so much money for him. The winger nearly joined CSKA for £5m earlier this summer, so Everton may be open to offers less than his release clause.