The on-again, off-again Cenk Tosun transfer to Everton appears to be that much closer to completion after Turkish media sources claimed late on Wednesday that Besiktas had come to an agreement with the Toffees on a transfer fee.
Tosun has been in London with his wife since the holiday weekend anticipating the deal getting finalized, and yesterday Besiktas chairman Fikret Orman jetted into the capital to continue negotiations with the Blues.
Everton Director of Football Steve Walsh had flown to Turkey late last week to resurrect the proposed transfer which was looking dead in the water. Following that the player flew to England but then a new twist came in with Besiktas upping their price following reports that their targeted replacement (rumoured to be Cyle Larin from the MLS) was going to cost more than they had expected.
The Blues then stood firm on their final valuation of about €25million, while it was still unclear how much exactly the Black Eagles were asking for. Earlier yesterday, Orman spoke to Turkish media stating that the club had turned down a €35million offer from an unnamed Chinese club since Tosun wanted to move to Everton.
“We had an offer from Everton. But the situation is not finished yet.
“We had an offer from a Chinese club for him too. They offered €35million but we didn’t even talk about that. Cenk Tosun’s future is important to us too.”
But now it appears the Blues have ceded to Besiktas’ demands and the two sides have met at €27m. Serdar Sarıdağ, who reported the news, is with the Milliyet daily in Turkey.
Everton Cenk Tosun için 27 milyon Euro vermeyi kabul etti.— Serdar Sarıdağ (@serdarsaridag) January 3, 2018
He went on to add that the player and his agent would be at Finch Farm on Thursday to complete the paperwork and medical ahead of his unveiling - Tosun would need to be registered almost immediately, before noon possibly, for him to be eligible to play in Friday evening’s Merseyside Derby FA Cup game at Anfield.