Yannick Bolasie’s wage demands are pricing him out of a permanent move from Everton to Middlesbrough, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.
The 31-year-old is a free agent in the summer when his injury-dogged five-year spell at Goodison Park comes to an end.
He has been on loan at Boro since January and they are keen to convert his temporary deal into a permanent one.
But a recruitment source has told Football Insider that Bolasie is asking for too much money.
The winger, who will be available on a free transfer from 1 July, wants a £50,000-a-week package.
That threatens to derail a permanent move to the north-east, where the experienced wide man has made a strong impression over the last four months.
He has scored three goals and provided four assists for Neil Warnock’s side and reignited a career that had stagnated.
There is no way back for Bolasie at Everton, with manager Carlo Ancelotti freezing him out before the January window.
The £25million signing from Crystal Palace in 2016 has failed to justify his price tag since arriving to the club – his 32 appearances across all competitions have yielded just two goals and four assists.
Loan spells at Aston Villa, Anderlecht and Sporting Lisbon did not fare much better for the DR Congo international, and subsequently none of the aforementioned clubs tried to sign him permanently.
However, Bolasie has performed well at Boro and that is likely to lead to offers going into the window.