A few weeks ago the Portuguese media reported Sporting have no intention of keeping Yannick Bolasie on a permanent deal at the end of the season.
The reason for it has been that the Everton loanee has failed to impress at the Portuguese club so far, with only two goals and five assists in 25 appearances.
Now as newspaper Record has today a story about the Lions’ budget for next season, they actually give one more reason why the 30-year-old isn’t staying at the club.
They say one of Sporting’s priorities is to decrease their wage bill, and they should start by cutting the number of loanees. Since Bolasie makes €2m per season, he’s one of the first to go. Even if it sounded like there was a small chance that Bolasie could have a great end to the season and maybe change Sporting’s mind regarding a permanent transfer, it now looks like there’s no way he’s staying in Lisbon next season unless on another loan with reduced wages.
Sporting have a clause to get him from Everton for only €4m, and considering this situation, it seems the Toffees will get very little when they manage to finally sell him.
Yannick Bolasie could be frozen out of what is left of his Sporting Lisbon loan - but the Portuguese club will still have to pay his wages.
Everton sent the winger to Sporting on a season-long loan but the terms of the agreement mean they have to foot his salary up until the end of June.
Sporting have the option to buy Bolasie later this summer for in the region of £4m but will pass up on the chance.
The club's players returned to training on Monday but reports in Portugal say Bolasie was not with them and that coach Ruben Amorim is ready to cast him aside as he does not feature in the club's plans. Any decision to end Bolasie's loan early will have to be made between Sporting and the player and Everton will not be liable to start paying his £70,000-a-week wages again until July. Last week, FIFA recommended that all contracts and loan deals be extended until the end of the season, in each league, due to the suspension of games caused by the coronavirus crisis. But the Blues will not have to pick up his wages again until July 1, when he enters the final 12 months of his Goodison contract.