Exclusive: Clubs tipped to be queuing up as Everton to sell senior star at huge loss
Alex Bruce believes that Yannick Bolasie will have plenty of suitors as Everton look to offload the winger for a big loss this summer.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Premier League defender claims that the DR Congo international just needs to prove his fitness to seal a move elsewhere.
As revealed by Football Insider, Everton are willing to take a £20million-plus hit on the 31-year-old after Carlo Ancelotti gave the green light for his exit.
The winger, whose contract at Goodison Park runs out next summer, joined the Toffees for £25million back in 2016 but could be sold for as little as £3million this year.
Bruce insists that Bolasie has proven his talent during his time in England and that clubs will be queueing up if he can demonstrate he is fully recovered from his serious injury layoff.
Bruce told Football Insider: “I think they need to get as much as they can in terms of a financial perspective. We know what he was capable of at Palace but unfortunately, he had a horrific injury.
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“He had a really bad knee and for someone as talented as he was and is, it’s the worst thing you can see for a fellow professional get such a nasty injury.
“I think he can still do a job for somebody, it all depends on his fitness – that’ll be the biggest question mark. A fit Yannick Bolasie would appeal to somebody because of what he brings to the team. He gets you on the edge of your seat, he’s a bit like a Zaha.
“The big question mark is his fitness levels. How has he responded to that horrific knee injury? If he’s fit and OK then I’m sure they’ll have a few buyers.”
Bolasie has played a total of 32 times for the Toffees since his move from Crystal Palace, although his last appearance for the club came back in May 2018.
He spent last season on loan at Portuguese outfit Sporting CP where he played 25 times, including seven games in the Europa League.
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