Apparently, Cenk Tosun really wants to stay at Everton.
The source of this report is a Turkish columnist named Gökmen Özcan. According to his tweet, Cenk Tosun has rejected advances from eleven different clubs, most recently Crystal Palace, in order to stay at Everton.
Among the other sides named are the three Turkish giants including his former side Besiktas, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce, along with La Liga’s Valencia (Michy Batshuayi had his loan deal cut short to return to Chelsea), Schalke 04 from Germany and Zenit St. Petersburg in Russia, with four other teamss not named.
Milli golcümüz Cenk Tosun, 7'si resmi, 11 teklife rağmen Everton'la yola devam kararı aldı.— Gökmen Özcan (@gokmenozcan) January 24, 2019
Crystal Palace ❌
Tosun is only 27 years old, and should be in the prime of his career. Instead, Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been preferred to him as a true 9 and Marco Silva would rather put Richarlison out of position than play the former Besiktas star. I for one do not doubt Tosun’s quality but his situation here is bleak. Marco Silva isn’t going anywhere and clearly doesn’t believe in Tosun.
In fact, Tosun’s situation is so bad that this report does not make any sense to me. Tosun hasn’t started a game since December 5th. He has not played a full 90 minutes for Everton in the league since September. He has 89 minutes combined in three appearances this year.
This isn’t a tenable situation going forward. Everton is probably going to buy a starting caliber 9 that Silva believes in this coming summer and if Tosun is not sold now he will be then. With a week left in the transfer window, the rumors do not seem quite hot enough for me to wager on the move happening now. With Oumar Niasse at Cardiff, Everton would probably need another 9 on hand for the rest of the year, and these things take time.
Without claiming any inside knowledge of the situation, the aerial view of this report does not seem logical. I expect Cenk Tosun to remain with Everton until the end of the season, but not because he passionately wants to stay, the logistics simply do not work the way they look right now.