In October, Bas Dost to Everton became a big thing in the Portuguese media, as we covered at the time.
The Dutch striker was enjoying another brilliant season and finding the back of the net regularly, and interest from other clubs made some sense. But the Portuguese media were clear, if Everton wanted the striker in the January window then they’d have to pay his full €60m release clause.
That was of course considered unlikely, and didn’t happen, but things have changed over the past week.
Dost is one of many Sporting players to have seriously fallen out with the club’s president Bruno de Carvalho after the loss to Atletico Madrid last week, and he’s been suspended along with 18 other players.
The whole thing is a farce and Record report it’s left Dost ‘determined’ to leave this summer, with his agent set to travel to Lisbon over the next few days.
Should Everton remain interested, even after the signing of Cenk Tosun, then it’s likely they could get a deal for much less than €60m, with the player’s help to force things.