Cenk Tosun is expected to be sold before the summer transfer shuts for European clubs, with Marcel Brands very keen to lower the wage bill. Marco Silva might need to keep the £60k-per-week striker at Everton, however, in case of injury.
The Toffees recently signed Moise Kean from Juventus to compete with Dominic Calvert-Lewin in attack. If Everton sold Tosun, they wouldn’t have backup in case of injury to the pair. Brands has until Thursday evening to sign a striker that could replace Tosun, so it’s more likely that the 28-year-old stays until January.
The Turkish international has three years remaining on his deal at Goodison Park, so there’s no rush to sell. He just hasn’t been up to scratch in the last 12 months and may benefit from a change of scenery – Tosun scored only four goals in 29 appearances in all competitions last season.
Richarlison is capable of leading the line in a makeshift capacity, but Silva doesn’t have many options to out wide. Everton need to bring in one more forward to solve their problem, but whether they can bring Wilfried Zaha to Goodison Park before Thursday evening remains to be seen.