Everton need to sell some players before they can afford to reinvest in the playing squad, say Sacha Tavolieri.
The Toffees are still hoping to sign former Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj if they ever sell academy graduate Anthony Gordon, but the club are adamant they don’t want to sell the 21-year-old to the club. amid interest from Chelsea.
But even though there is a desperate need for new players at Goodison Park, Farhad Moshiri and Kevin Thelwell cannot enter the transfer market and make the necessary improvements.
In fact, Tavolieri has indicated that Everton need to sell £80m worth of players before they can make any further moves in the transfer market before the September 1 deadline.
“No ‘fresh’ news on transfers but Everton need to sell and bring £80m into the coffers to consider moving through the transfer window in any meaningful way. Januzaj is still on the shortlist if Gordon leaves,” said Tavolieri.
It’s the last thing Lampard wants to hear after picking up a single point in the first three games of a new season and still having plenty of shortcomings in his squad.
Gordon’s exit, should it happen, would be an equally blow to the club knowing they can’t make the big moves they would need to replace him enough.
And they have yet to find a new striker with Salomon Rondon leading the line against Nottingham Forest to little effect and Dominic Calvert-Lewin injured.
Failure to make these moves that have been so desperate for some time would likely see Everton back in another relegation fight and with this latest report the club could be crippled by that fate.
The massively boisterous crowd at Goodison Park will have to roar the players to keep their heads above water or they will have to prepare for Championship football very soon.