Everton have already made two signings in form of Arnaut Danjuma on a loan and Ashley Young on a free transfer. They could now see of their players leave as Demarai Gray continues to draw interest from Crystal Palace who are looking to reinforce their attack.
Danjuma’s arrival does steady the ship for Everton attack but more reinforcements will be needed, especially if the Toffees sanction the sale of Gray. Sean Dyche now has four options to deploy at the wing – Dwight McNeil, Alex Iwobi, Gray and Danjuma. There is also the possibility of the arrival of Wilfried Gnonto. If Gnonto also arrives at Goodison Park, EFC should not have a problem in selling Gray.
The Jamaican has attracted interest from several sides this summer. Earlier, Fulahm were keen on the 27 year old, followed by interest from the Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal. Lately, Palace have been mentioned as potential suitors in the race to sign Gray as the London club looks for replacements for Wilfried Zaha.
Zaha has finally left Palace as a free agent after spending nearly nine years at the club. The Ivorian was a target for Everton several times but the Toffees never managed to sign him. Zaha is now off to Galatasaray and has already landed in Istanbul to sign for the Turkish giants.
Palace remains focused on strengthening their attack and view Gray as a solid option. According to journalist Ryan Taylor, Palace is working on the signings of Gray and Matheus Franca. Talks are expected to intensify in the coming days.
Gray on the other hand, has indicated that he is focused on contributing to the team for the next season. However, the arrival of Danjuma and the potential arrival of Gnonto could force the Jamaican to reconsider his future.
Gray isn’t a starter under Dyche and only played regularly in a central position because of Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s injury and Neal Maupay’s inefficiency. The 27 year old is a rapid player who can produce moments of brilliance but his role was reduced to that of a substitute. Gray is valued at £17.2 million by Transfermarkt and has one year left on his current deal.
If Everton manage to sell him anywhere near his market value, they will be making a huge profit as he was signed for a mere £1.7 million in the summer of 2021. It remains to be seen what bid does Crystal Palace make and what does Gray decide.
Will EFC sell Demarai Gray this summer?