Everton and Bas Dost links continue on Friday, with Spanish newspaper ABC again linking the Merseyside club with a move for Sporting’s striker.
The Spanish interest is because Sevilla are keen on the player and Everton, along with Premier League rivals Newcastle United, are continually presented as competition.
All things being equal, the Spanish media believe Dost would join Sevilla given they’re in European competition and will be aiming for a Champions League place again next season. But in football all things aren’t equal and money will play a factor.
Everton’s ‘economic power’, with ABC saying that’s thanks to the big Premier League TV deals, means the Toffees can offer a better salary to Dost which would be their advantage over Sevilla.
The update is that Dost spoke to his agent on Thursday and the situation is clear: He wants out of Sporting.
That’s either through the Lisbon club allowing an ‘economically feasible’ transfer or Dost taking steps to rescind his contract.
The Dutchman was one of several Sporting players attacked by hooligans last month and given the situation around the club, and president Bruno de Carvalho, some players have already taken legal steps to leave.
Earlier Everton claims from Portugal stated the Merseyside club would prefer a clean transfer and paying a fee.