Youth Academy graduate Antonee Robinson is approaching a permanent move to Wigan Athletic where he spent last season on loan. The 21-year-old endured an up-and-down campaign in the Championship, creating just the one assist in 26 games.
The Football Insider are claiming that the move is likely to be sealed for just £2 million, with two years left on his current contract.
The Director of Football at the Latics is former Everton great Joe Royle who remains on excellent terms with the club, so there should be no hangups in the discussions around terms of the transfer fee.
Robinson last week traveled with the senior side to Kenya for their preseason friendly against Kariobangi Sharks and featured in the second half of the game the Blues went on to lose in a penalty shootout.
Robinson made his United States (USMNT) national team debut last season, and has picked up seven senior caps since then. However, a couple of those appearances were baptisms of fire against challenging opposition like World Champions France, Brazil and Colombia. What those games showed is that he’s still not ready to be the backup to Lucas Digne at Everton, a conclusion which led to the offering of a one-year contract extension to veteran Leighton Baines.
Should Everton choose to sell him on instead of loaning him out again like they did to Bolton Wanderers and Wigan over the last couple of seasons, then it likely means Marcel Brands and Marco Silva have concluded that the youngster does not have what it takes to make it in the Premier League and will be likely looking for a long-term backup to Digne sooner than later.