Date: 22nd May 2019 at 7:31pm
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Mo Besic is expected to leave Everton this summer, with the midfielder falling out-of-favour under Marco Silva. Besic has spent the last 18 months on loan at Middlesbrough, but the Riverside club don’t want to make his move permanent which raises uncertainty over his future this summer and gives Silva a problem to solve.

Besic joined Everton from Ferencváros in 2014 and has gone on to make 56 appearances in all competitions. The 26-year-old has fallen down the pecking order in recent years, however, with his last appearance coming against Apollon Limassol on December 7, 2017 and isn’t likely to be given a reprieve under the current Toffees manager.

The Bosnia-Herzegovina international doesn’t have an obvious destination, however, with Middlesbrough withdrawing their interest. Leeds United wanted Besic before he finalised his second loan move to Boro last year, but there’s been no mention of them returning for the midfielder ever since. Fenerbahce and Besiktas were also previously linked but may not make a move.

Silva has slapped a £9m asking price on the 26-year-old’s head which may be the reason why clubs are avoiding him, so the Everton manager may need to lower his demands in order to trim the first-team squad. There’s too much deadwood eating up the wage bill at Everton, so offloading the likes of Besic and co is priority for Silva.

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