Everton have made a very underwhelming bid for Anthony Elanga.
That’s according to journalist Graeme Bailey, who has reported that the Toffees made a permanent offer to Manchester United with ‘not a lot of money’ up front.
Elanga has long been on Sean Dyche’s radar since they missed out on a transfer deadline day loan deal for the youngster back in January.
The 21-year-old burst onto the scene at Old Trafford in 2021 and impressed supporters, with even Roy Keane praising him for his ‘very good movement’ and ‘positivity’ – however, he hasn’t managed to build on it since.
The club are hot on Elanga’s heels this summer but it appears they are looking to avoid meeting United’s demands for his signature.
Manchester Evening News reported in May that the Red Devils have already halved their asking price to only £10 million, however Everton have placed a bid far from his valuation.
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While the Merseyside club could still come back in with an improved bid, it is thought that he could instead look to move abroad.
Speaking on the Talking Transfers podcast, Bailey said: “He’s been told he can go, he’s assessing his options.
“Everton came in with an offer, we understand it was a permanent bid but not a lot of money up front. Almost like a loan deal. We’re not sure how keen he is there, he might go abroad.”
It’s a huge concern if Everton can’t meet Anthony Elanga’s £10m price tag
Fans are well educated on Everton’s current financial situation, however it comes as a big surprise for them to bid so far off Anthony Elanga’s asking price.
While they may just be playing hard ball, they really need to act fast if they are to snap up the Swede given his increasing interest.
The MEN have already claimed Elanga’s price could be driven up as the Toffees and Nottingham Forest both continue their pursuit – a matter which Sean Dyche’s side will wish to avoid.