Player in negotiations to return to his homeland as contract expires with Everton

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Everton striker Cenk Tosun is set to leave Everton once his contract expires at the end of June. The striker that arrived for £27 million from Besiktas struggled to make an impact in England and was largely seen as a transfer failure at Everton.

11 goals in 61 outings for the Toffees of Merseyside isn’t a glowing endorsement for a traditional poacher. Tosun’s time at Everton was troublesome, especially towards the later stages, where he was crippled by injuries and spent most of his time on the sidelines.

Loan spells to Crystal Palace and Besiktas did not help as he returned from loan after suffering a long term injury from both spells. Besiktas has always remained interested in the Turk but did not launch an offer as his deal was running out with the Merseysiders in summer 2022.

Besiktas has always been optimistic to sign the Turkey international. In a recent interview, the 30 year old revealed that he had offers from five countries but his priority remained to return to Turkey. He recently penned down a farewell message to the fans confirming that he’s leaving the club and is ready for the next chapter.

Cenk Tosun close to joining Besiktas after leaving Everton

According to the Turkish media outlet Fanatik, Besiktas are preparing to sign Tosun on a free transfer after his Everton deal expires in June. The negotiations are progressing well and the Turkish side is confident of getting the deal done soon.

The 30 year old is also keen to play for Besiktas and is close to accepting the current offer he has on the table. Since he’s arriving on a free transfer, the deal is seen as a huge economical win by the Kara Kartallar. Tosun has been offered a three year contract with an option to extend the deal by one more year.

This calls the end of Tosun’s association with Everton. His time at Goodison Park won’t be seen as a huge success but the Toffees will be content that £60,000 per week wages will be off their books.

The Toffees are in a tricky financial situation and they need to save every penny in order to make some upgrades in the squad. Saving over £3 million in wages might not look a huge win for the club but every drop counts.

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