Fulham are closing in on a £20 million deal for Everton midfielder Alex Iwobi.

According to The Daily Mail, Everton look set to sell Alex Iwobi to Fulham for a fee of £20 million.

Iwobi himself would likely be keen on the switch to Craven Cottage. He has previously expressed his admiration for Fulham boss Marco Silva, who has previously been in charge at Goodison Park and brought Iwobi to the Merseyside club in a £40 million move in the first place.

Silva was behind the 27-year-old’s initial arrival at Everton, and is clearly now keen on a reunion with the player in west London.

Everton, though, ought to have some reservations about letting Iwobi go, especially for a fee of just £20 million. Everton now face making a £20 million loss on the player. This would represent yet another instance of poor financial management in the transfer market from the club. 

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Everton in difficult situation with Iwobi

On top of that, Iwobi can still very much contribute on the pitch. The former Arsenal man is a solid and reliable, if unspectacular, member of the Everton squad who was ever-present for them in the Premier League last season. He has even previously been compared with “one of the best midfielders in the world.”

In total, Iwobi has made 140 appearances for the club in all competitions. The loss of the player would weaken Sean Dyche’s squad. This is something that the Toffees can hardly afford, given they are yet to earn a point in the Premier League this season and already find themselves at the foot of the table.

Everton may well be in a position where they need to recoup some funds, having recently splashed out £30 million to sign striker Beto from Italian club Udinese. It may well be the case that Iwobi is one of the few viable sellable assets they have, which has forced their hand into seriously considering Fulham’s advances.

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