According to The Athletic, Everton ‘will look to find a permanent buyer’ for Cenk Tosun. The 28-year-old has been on the periphery at Goodison Park and was loaned out to Crystal Palace in January to get first-team football. Tosun picked up a serious knee injury, however, which cut his Selhurst Park stint short, so he’ll only be sold when he returns to full fitness.
The Athletic say a replacement for the Turkish international is ‘not required’, as Everton are content with their strikeforce. But the Toffees have been linked with Martin Braithwaite, Odsonne Edouard, Andrea Belotti, Sardar Azmoun and Victor Osimhen – this summer, so Carlo Ancelotti may still be planning to strengthen his frontline.
As for Tosun, the 28-year-old has made 51 appearances in all competitions for Everton since joining from Besiktas in 2018, scoring 10 goals and making six assists. He made 13 appearances across the board for Everton this season but only amassed 504 minutes of playing time, scoring two goals.
Ancelotti prefers Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison in attack and was happy to let Tosun leave in January, so he’s likely to be made available for sale when the summer transfer window opens. It remains to be seen how many clubs are willing to sign a £20.25m striker earning £3.12m-a-year, however.