Date: 11th June 2019 at 5:01pm
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It has been suggested Nikola Vlasic wants to secure a permanent exit from Goodison Park this summer, having struggled to make an impact at Everton upon joining from Hajduk Split, and was then shipped out on loan by Marco Silva following the boss’ arrival last summer.

The Croatia international may not get his desired move, though, as Turkish publication fotoMac understand we have not received any interest over a permanent deal, having priced the 21-year-old at €18million (£16m).

If Vlasic is willing to play the long game, and pushes Everton to negotiate, he could yet secure his Goodison exit in the coming weeks, though, as Besiktas are interested in taking the 5 ft 8 attacking midfielder on loan next season with the view to turn the temporary deal into a permanent move the following year.

However, the Black Eagles would be unable to agree on an €18million release clause in the loan agreement, so intend to hold discussions with Director of Football Marcel Brands in a bid to drive down our asking price.

It is not suggested how much the Super Lig side intend to offer us as part of the option-to-buy, but the BJK Vodafone Park natives are in need of a new attacking midfielder after Shinji Kagawa returned to his parent club Borussia Dortmund following his loan spell in Istanbul.

Besiktas officials were reportedly set to meet with Brands on Monday to begin negotiations, and the signs going into Monday’s meeting were positive as Vlasic would again push to leave the club if Silva cannot guarantee him regular minutes on Merseyside.

Our stance in favouring a permanent transfer over a second loan spell has also calmed given the lack of interest shown so far by sides willing to pay €18million for a midfielder who was involved in 15 goals (eight scored, seven assisted) during his 31 games in all competitions with CSKA Moscow during the 2018/19 season.

 

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