Middlesbrough are reportedly discussing a deal for Everton winger Yannick Bolasie, according to reliable journalist Alan Nixon.
Yannick Bolasie was linked with a Deadline Day move away from Everton, with Burnley hoping to complete a loan deal before Everton “pulled the plug” on a move, according to The Mirror. Middlesbrough are keen to pounce to bring in Bolasie for the season, and are trying to negotiate a move for the winger.
The DR Congo winger isn’t in the plans of new manager Marco Silva, after they spent a massive £40m on bringing in Brazilian winger Richarlison from Premier League rivals Watford. The 29-year-old is in need of game-time, with first-team chances set to be few and far between at Everton this season.
Bolasie missed the first half of last season through a cruciate ligament injury, but played 17 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring once. There have been questions about Bolasie’s match fitness since his return from injury, and will need time to get back to his electric best.
In his prime at Crystal Palace, the winger was an unstoppable force, with his rapid footwork blitzing defenders and skill moves striking fear into the eyes of opposing players. If he could return to his best in the Championship with Boro, Tony Pulis’ side could be well on their way back to the Premier League.
However, Bolasie’s massive wages could prove to be a stumbling block. The French-born winger is supposedly on a huge £80,000 a week, and is far too much for Boro to pay. They’ll have to negotiate a split with Everton, which would see the Goodison Road outfit pay a percentage of Bolasie’s salary.
MIddlesbrough have until the end of August to negotiate a loan deal with Everton, and could be hoping for a double deal, as they also look to bring in midfielder Muhamed Besic after a deadline day deal broke down over agent fees,