According to Phil Kirkbride of the Liverpool Echo, Marco Silva will only sign a new centre-forward if Cenk Tosun is sold this summer. The problem is that Everton are struggling to offload the 28-year-old due to his poor form in the last 18 months.
Everton paid £27m for Tosun in January 2018 and are looking to make back £20m through his sale. The Toffees are unlikely to get anywhere near that figure this summer, however, as the Turkish international’s stock has considerably fallen.
Tosun has scored and created 12 goals in 43 appearances in all competitions for Everton, but only three of those goals have come in the last nine months. The out-of-form centre-forward made only 10 Premier League starts in 2018/19 and has scored only once in the league since October 2018.
Besiktas and Fenerbahce have been linked with the £60k-per-week man, but Silva is having problems selling him. It’s hard to see why any club would pay £20m for the striker – Tosun scored only four goals in 29 appearances (in all comps) last season and was substituted on or off in 83% of his outings.
It’s no secret why Everton are keen to sell the striker and no surprise why clubs aren’t interested. The Blues have little over three weeks remaining.