Paul Robinson has claimed Everton would make a huge loss on Gylfi Sigurdsson if they sold the player this summer and, therefore, expects the midfielder to remain at Goodison.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former England number one insisted the 30-year-old still has a lot to offer if utilised further forward by Carlo Ancelotti.
However, the Iceland international has experienced his worst season, statistically, in a blue shirt – just two goals and two assists in 29 appearances in all competitions.
Robinson suggested Carlo Ancelotti has given every player a chance to prove themselves since his arrival and any decision on the attacking midfielder’s future would be well thought out.
“Ancelotti has been fair with the whole squad,” he told Football Insider.
“He has given the players half a season, a trial if you like and he did not touch the transfer market in January. He will have had a good look at what they have got.
“They paid £50 odd million for Gylfi Sigurdsson and I do not think they will get anywhere near that price for him. It is something the manager will have to look at.
“He is a quality player, without a shadow of a doubt. A goalscoring attacking midfielder and if you play him high up the pitch he can still do it.
“I suspect we may see him stay because it is not financially viable to recoup much of what the paid for him.”
Football Insider understands transfer fees will be drastically reduced as each and every club feels the economic impact of the coronavirus.
Sigurdsson, who turns 31 in September, still has two years remaining on his contract at Goodison Park.