According to A Bola (h/t Sport Witness), Everton more than halved Yannick Bolasie’s asking price to get Sporting CP to sign him on deadline day. The £75k-per-week winger was initially being offered out on loan with a £10m buying option, but Everton lowered his valuation after struggling to find him a suitor.
The Toffees paid £25m to sign Bolasie in 2016 and are now willing to sell him for £4m this summer – a £21m loss in three years. The 30-year-old has scored two goals and made four assists in 32 appearances in all competitions since joining from Crystal Palace, but his last outing for Everton came in May 2018.
Bolasie has struggled for form, fitness and playing time in the last three years and has embarked upon loan moves to Aston Villa (August 25, 2018 – January 21, 2019), RSC Anderlecht (January 31, 2019 – June 30, 2019) and now Sporting (September 2 – present) to get playing time.
His contract still has two years to run, but his loan move to Sporting has a buying option which suggests it may be his final year as an Everton player. Bolasie won’t be remembered fondly, having set the club back £36.6m in transfer fees and wages, but supporters will emphathise with his misfortune.