Everton will only offload midfield enforcer Muhamed Besic this summer if they receive £12million, according to a report.
The Northern Echo claims that Championship side Middlesbrough are interested in re-signing the 25-year-old after he enjoyed a loan spell with them last season.
It is understood that Toffees manager Marco Silva is currently assessing his squad following his arrival at Goodison Park.
The report details that the Merseyside club will not loan out Besic for another season and a permanent exit for an eight-figure fee is the only possibility.
Football Insider verdict:
Besic really flourished during his loan spell with Boro and was beginning to recapture the kind of form he showed in an Everton shirt in the past. The Bosnia international is a combative central midfielder that can play a great screening role in front of the back four and also is very confident in possession. He is a pass master that is technically gifted and showed in the past he can be a real force in the Premier League. His Everton career doesn’t necessarily have to be over and fans will remember he has been very unfortunate with injury in the past. Much will depend on if Silva believes he can be a first-team regular under him, but in any event the club are right to place a hefty £12million price tag over his head. The Northern Echo’s report does mention Everton are keen on Boro defender Ben Gibson and it will be interesting to see if a player-plus cash deal could be negotiated involving Besic too.
In other Everton news, they must abandon their £40m pursuit and turn their attention to a Championship flyer.