Date: 1st August 2019 at 8:30pm
Written by: Dwayne Gavan

Cenk Tosun was expected to leave Everton this summer after being made available for sale, but the 28-year-old remains at Goodison Park on the eve of the new season. Tosun is valued at £20m but isn’t generating much interest after a forgettable 18 months.

The Turkish international has scored nine goals in 43 appearances in all competitions, but only four of them have come in the last 31 outings. Tosun has recently been linked with a return to Turkey amid interest from Besiktas and Galatasaray, but time will tell if they make an official bid.

Everton are keen to sell the centre-forward, but Tosun has made it clear that he wants to stay. Dominic Calvert-Lewin pushed the 28-year-old out of the starting eleven and may be preferred in attack under Silva in 2019/20. Moise Kean’s impending arrival will give both players competition for a place in the side too.

Tosun hasn’t featured for the Blues in pre-season and isn’t expected to command a starting place, but Everton could be stuck with the striker if no clubs lodge bids in the next seven days. He has three more years left on his contract, so the Blues aren’t in a rush to offload him. Tosun could provide some strength in depth if a new face isn’t brought in.

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