Everton is planning to offload several players this summer as part of their efforts to rejuvenate the squad and bring in fresh faces to raise the overall quality, writes the PRT. Neal Maupay, Everton’s striker, has struggled since his move last summer and could be leaving Goodison Park during the transfer window.
The Toffees have found themselves in two consecutive relegation battles, and they are determined to break this cycle. One crucial step towards achieving that is to upgrade the squad and part ways with underperforming players. While it’s easier said than done, Everton has already taken some measures.
Yerry Mina’s contract is set to expire in the summer, making him a free agent. Andros Townsend and Tom Davies are also expected to leave as their contracts come to an end. As for potential sales, it remains uncertain whether Mason Holgate and Ben Godfrey will remain at the club. Everton’s striking department might undergo changes as they search for a new striker in the upcoming window.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s injury issues have highlighted the need for Everton to rely on more than just one goalscorer. Maupay, who was signed from Brighton last summer for £15 million, has had a disappointing debut season at Goodison Park, managing only one goal in 27 Premier League games. The Frenchman is considering an exit in the summer, and previous reports suggest that he has options in Serie A.
Last summer, Serie A side Salernitana expressed interest in signing the 26-year-old, but they lost the transfer battle to Everton. Salernitana has continued to monitor Maupay’s situation, and their interest remains. During his loan spell, Boulaye Dia, who played for Salernitana, impressed with 16 goals in 33 Serie A games.
Salernitana has the option to make Dia’s move permanent for €12 million, and a decision will be made soon. However, Salernitana’s sporting director is also in the market for a striker. According to Tuttomercatoweb, signing Maupay is one of Salernitana’s main objectives for the summer.
In light of Everton’s plans to bring in a new forward, Maupay’s position in the team could be compromised. In such a scenario, selling him and recouping a significant portion of the £15 million would be the best strategy. Maupay has struggled to settle in Merseyside and has a poor goalscoring record. Selling Maupay would indeed benefit all parties involved and be a win-win situation.