Paul Robinson claimed that Everton will struggle to recoup the “absolutely crazy” fee they paid for Gylfi Sigurdsson in 2017 after D.C. United made an approach to sign him.

The former Spurs and Leeds United goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested that the arrival of three new midfielders at Goodison may lead to the 31-year-old’s exit.

The Athletic report that MLS side D.C. United, who signed Wayne Rooney from the Toffees in 2018, have held talks with the Iceland international over a potential transfer.

Sigurdsson, who has scored 23 goals and provided 15 assists in 112 appearances for the Merseyside club, was signed for a club-record £45million fee and still has two years remaining on his current deal.

However, the signings of Abdoulaye Doucoure James Rodriguez and Allan have cast doubt over the attacking midfielder’s future under Carlo Ancelotti.

When asked by Football Insider if he expected Sigurdsson to be sold in this transfer window, Robinson said: “They have got a very big squad.

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“The previous managers have spent a lot of money but it has not worked for whatever reason.

“Carlo Ancelotti has been brought in for a reason. They club have given him funds and backed him already.

“These players coming in will mean that others leave. He has addressed the midfield area where they lacked legs and power. The players that he has signed fit that bill.

“I think we will see players moving on but if Sigurdsson does go they will no recoup anything like the £45million that they paid for him but they need to move players on to make room for the arrivals. It was huge fee for Sigurdsson – absolutely crazy.”

In other Everton news, Darren Bent has told Football Insider that Carlo Ancelotti should bin two big-name players who have been a “waste of money”.