Having only signed last season for 27 million euros, it appears Davy Klaassen is on his way out of Everton.
Dutch midfielder Klaassen, signed from Ajax, is reportedly set for an exit with several sides interested. German side Werder Bremen are believed to be the frontrunners, and have reportedly agreed a fee of 15 million euros.
This would represent an eye-watering loss of 12 million on his initial fee for Everton. However, both the club and new manager Marco Silva are desperate to be rid of an undoubtedly expensive flop.
Klaassen’s exit is no surprise
The 24-year-old was signed with high expectations, coming in as a marquee addition under compatriot Ronald Koeman. However, after the latter’s early sacking, Klaassen was seen more in the stands than anywhere near the pitch.
Both David Unsworth and Sam Allardyce preferred to play Tom Davies and Wayne Rooney over Klaassen in the midfield roles. Overall, the Dutchman made a paltry 7 appearances, with no goals or assists for his troubles. He is a certified expensive flop at Everton, and the club is itching to get rid of him.
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Despite this, the Dutchman has always had an undeniable quality about his play. The box-to-box midfielder demonstrated his quality at Ajax, scoring 44 times from 126 appearances. He was also captain as the Dutch club made the Europa League final, losing to Manchester United. He is also a 16-times Dutch international.
Who’s the Winner Here?
Klaassen and Werder Bremen will certainly both be winners from this transfer, if it goes through. While the player gets the opportunity to rebuild his career and reputation, the club gets a big-name signing to replace the outgoing, Thomas Delaney.
Despite the 50% drop in value, Klaassen would still be Bremen’s record signing, and come with fairly large wages too. Nevertheless, both parties appear keen to finish a deal, although Klaassen is reportedly holding out for a bigger club.
For Everton, they need to heavily cut a bloated first-team squad – and are prepared to cut their losses on Klaassen. A reported loss of over 50% would hurt, but not as much as it would to continue paying his astronomical wages. This transfer also opens up a spot on the roster for a fresh signing of Marco Silva’s too – apparently Richarlison.