Everton could be forced to sell Dominic Calvert-Lewin to free up transfer funds, according to Rory Smith.
The Toffees have spent heavily over the last few years, but their business is now being restricted by financial fair play regulations; Demarai Gray was the only play they paid money for in the summer and he cost just £1.8m.
Discussing the club’s transfer budget recently, Rafa Benitez said [via the Liverpool Echo]: “I think we will have some money to spend but I don’t think that it will be too much.”
New York Times journalist Smith, speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live’s The Monday Night Club, suggested that a departure for Calvert-Lewin could be on the cards if Everton want money to spend.
“There is one potential outcome and that is in the summer they sell Dominic Calvert-Lewin,” he said.
“Arsenal went for him in the summer anyway and it didn’t go through because he didn’t want to leave and Everton weren’t in a position where they had to sell.
“If they need to cash in on an asset to rebuild the rest of the side, that’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin.”
Selling Calvert-Lewin seems like it would only be an option for Everton if they had no other alternative.
The England international is valued at £40.5m by Transfermarkt but the Toffees could perhaps expect to receive nearly double that, so he would generate significant revenue.
However, they would still have to pay a sizeable fee to find a suitable replacement, as we have seen this season what a huge miss Calvert-Lewin has been to the side.
The 24-year-old, who scored 21 goals last season, has been absent through injury since the end of August and results have suffered without him as Everton have struggled to replace him upfront.
If the Toffees do need to “cash in” on an asset next summer, it would seem more likely to be Richarlison, who has been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain [via Goal] and is valued by Transfermarkt at £49.5m.