February 24, 2024

Everton’s January has been one consisting of far more focus on the outgoings than any potential signings they might make.

Since their financial problems are well-documented, people have naturally been interested in learning how they plan to escape this predicament.

The Premier League just disclosed last week that they were suspected of breaking its profit and sustainability regulations for the second time this season, so it appears that the hole is just getting bigger.

Since everyone is aware of their problems, they are considered an easy target by all.

That may be the reason why some of their biggest performers are starting to draw attention; Abdoulaye Doucoure is currently being connected to a Goodison Park exit.

Could Abdoulaye Doucoure leave Everton?

Why Sean Dyche must sacrifice £20m 'best player' amid ongoing Everton PSR  crisis

To lose any of Sean Dyche’s starting side would be a hammer blow, but few would be as gut-wrenching as that of the Mali international.

He has quickly developed into one of Everton’s and the Premier League’s best midfield players under the 52-year-old manager, frequently finding the back of the net.

As a result, Al-Ettifaq, a Saudi Arabian team looking to fill Jordan Henderson’s void, has taken notice of him.

Even while it appears unlikely—journalist Paddy Boyland acknowledged that he was the team’s “best player” in 2023—the potential financial advantage from the £20 million star’s departure might be too much to pass up.

particularly if it matches some of the prior numbers that the Saudi Pro League utilized to entice stars to sign.

It could save Everton from their PSR nightmare

Frustratingly enough, the Toffees have been forced to offload their top talents on numerous occasions throughout the years just to stay afloat.

The greatest example is Wayne Rooney, who arguably went on to become England’s greatest-ever footballer; forced out of Goodison Park to pay the bills…

Well, decades on it seems little has changed, and once again Everton has been desperately scampering for funds in an effort to keep themselves alive.

The sale of Doucoure would be disastrous. Few supporters would contest it. But hasn’t the team overcome more significant obstacles?

Particularly if the 31-year-old’s exit was sufficient to prolong the stay of players like Amadou Onana and Jarrad Branthwaite at Goodison Park and fortify their negotiating position in relation to their sale.

Despite being their leading scorer with six goals in the Premier League, there have been hints that his heir may already be at the academy.

It is arguable that the same thing might happen given that Everton survived last season when Anthony Gordon left in January without a successor.

And whilst relegation might be made a far greater possibility, with the weakness of the likes of Luton Town, Burnley and Sheffield United, there is arguably no greater time to cash in and take such a risk in the short-term to hopefully benefit the long-term future of the club.

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