Yannick Bolasie’s transfer from Everton to Sporting wasn’t something planned to happen this summer, according to reports from Portugal today.

Newspaper O Jogo brings a story saying the player had been offered around during the transfer window, and the Lions weren’t really interested in signing him at first.

Contacts were made by an agent who has a history with Sporting. The Lisbon were after a winger, but Bolasie wasn’t a priority.

Meanwhile, Everton weren’t planning to send him abroad either. Although this agent had been offering the player to other leagues, the Toffees’ intention was to keep him in England.

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But it turns out that Sporting couldn’t find another winger, and Everton failed to convince any English club to take him. So on the last day of the transfer window, Bolasie joined the Lions on a one-year loan deal.

Due to this situation, Everton made the negotiation easier. O Jogo says the Toffees are paying ‘an important part’ of Bolasie’s wages, and also ‘reduced’ the amount for a loan spell.

It’s been previously claimed by the Portuguese press that Sporting can sign Bolasie permanently for €4.5m.