Everton need to raise funds this summer in order to sign players. Sean Dyche’s desire to overhaul the squad has hit temporary breaks as the Toffees need to sell players and the incoming transfer fees can fund their summer business. EFC are on course to sell their first player as Ishe Samuels-Smith is on the verge of joining Chelsea.
The Merseyside club have recorded losses for three consecutive seasons and are in deep waters when it comes to transfers. The Toffees spent just £1.7 million in the summer transfer window of 2021. Last summer Everton sold Richarlison for £60 million which allowed them to sign players like Amadou Onana, James Garner and Idrissa Gueye.
This year, EFC have sold Anthony Gordon for £45 million and have received a substantial sum of £25 million from Juventus as Moise Kean’s buy obligation was finally activated by the Old Lady.
Everton to sell academy porduct Ishe Samuels-Smith
Despite receiving £60 million this year, EFC have their hands tied in the transfer market. There isn’t much room for spending big and Everton will need to sell more players to fund their summer business. Thankfully, several players are attracting interest. From the first team, the likes of Onana, Jordan Pickford, Ellis Simms and Demarai Gray have been on the radar of clubs across Europe and even Middle East.
Everton academy players are also generating a lot of interest with left back Samuels-Smith on the wish list of some of Engalnd’s top clubs. Chelsea and Manchester City were interested in the 17 year old Englishman and it seems Todd Boehly owned CFC have beaten Man City in the race to sign the youngster.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Chelsea are set to sign the Everton youth player, who just turned 17 last month. A verbal deal worth £4 million has been agreed between Everton and Chelsea and documents are being completed. Samuels-Smith will sign a deal valid till 2026 for the West London side.
Samuels-Smith has had a successful season with the youth side and also found himself on the bench during Everton’s Carabao Cup fixture against AFC Bournemouth which the Toffees lost 4-1. He was among the Everton substitute bench again in April when Everton took on Fulham.
£4 million is not a huge amount but for an academy player to generate this amount through a sale is commendable. The Toffees need every penny they can get to reinforce their first team as a number of areas need to be addressed. Samuels-Smith will become EFC’s first transfer operation this summer as the exit is now highly likely
Have the Toffees sold Ishe Samuels-Smith for the right price?