February 25, 2024

Sporting has the first right of refusal in the event that the Toffees decide to sell Youssef Chermit, according to Record, which is one of the new terms from the transaction that brought him to Everton this summer.

On November 16, the Portuguese newspaper revealed on its website that the striker’s transfer initially cost €12.5 million [£10.9 million], plus an additional €2.5 million in incentives [£2.18 million] and €1.2 million in commission [£1.04 million].

The 19-year-old’s contract has a 12.5% sell-on clause, but if such a move forward occurs, his previous team is reportedly required to be notified of any offers for him and granted the authority to return him to Lisbon.

Everton

It’s unclear, per Record, if Sporting would have to match any offer made for the Portuguese under-20 international.

Under Sean Dyche, Chermiti has made six senior appearances so far this season.

Small print

This summer, Kevin Thelwell had to use his inventiveness to push deals for Chermiti and fellow countryman Beto beyond the finish line.

Given the numerous unknowns surrounding Goodison Park’s finances, neither saw anything paid in full up front, and it appears that the teenager’s arrangement included a few more intricate stipulations than typical.

The 19-year-old was compared to his star colleague Dominic Calvert-Lewin after he scored his first goal for the under-21s last week.

The cost, including the incentives, should show to be a small thing to pay if he can even come close to matching the Englishman’s level of skill in front of goal.

Everton

The likelihood surely is that Sporting would be obliged to match whatever another club might offer for Chermiti in future, so the chances of him heading back to the José Alvalade Stadium probably hinge on him not quite making the grade on Merseyside.

After a slew of disappointing signings in recent years at striker the hope is that Beto can buck that trend and his young countryman can develop in the background into a star of the future.

However, Calvert-Lewin’s long-awaited return to something like sustained fitness has meant neither have been called upon as much as they might have been in each of the past two seasons.

Touch wood, but Everton at last look to be fairly well covered up front and the team is benefiting greatly, while the relative lack of pressure on Chermiti’s shoulders should allow him time to find his feet.

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