Sources: Ancelotti gives green light for Everton to sell player at £17m loss

Carlo Ancelotti has given the green light for Everton to sell Cenk Tosun in the January window, Football Insider can reveal.

The Turkey striker made a rare appearance for the Merseysiders today but has made just two Premier League starts all season.

An Everton source has told Football Insider that Ancelotti made it clear to the club during detailed talks about transfer plans for next month and in the summer that he is willing for Tosun to go if a replacement can be found.

Everton paid £27million for Tosun nearly two years ago but his value has plummeted and they are willing to let him go for £10million next month.

That would mean a major loss for the club, who, the source explained, held talks about selling him to Qatari club Al Gharafa in September.

Tosun rejected that move but is said to be open to a transfer to a European club in January.

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The striker played 69 minutes of today’s drab goalless draw against Arsenal after coming on for the injured Alex Iwobi.

But he suffered the humiliation of being the club’s second substitute in two matches to be subbed by caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson.

Ancelotti’s stance on Tosun will not differ too much from that of his predecessor Marco Silva, who was open to selling him in the summer but a deal could not be agreed.

Recruitment chief Marcel Brands has identified the Turkey international as a player who can be sold to generate funds for January purchases.

Tosun has played 51 times for Everton, scoring 10 goals, after being prolific in his homeland as well as for the Turkey national side.

In other Everton news, it can be REVEALED that Carlo Ancelotti sought assurances over the futures of two players before agreeing to sign up as manager.