The thing that relaxes me about all of this is that Everton don't get mugged off by anyone. We drive a very hard bargain, so the club's interests will be protected whatever happens.
Absolutely this. The club won't lose on this deal.
He'll be a loss obviously but the club have been exemplary in this, put a big offer on the table but seemingly refused to budge when he wanted to insert a clause which still got him out if a better offer come along.
He stays with is on his current 'low' wage still knowing he needs to put in big performances if he wants a big move and a world cup next summer = Everton win
Whenbthe time comes to sell him we get massive money, we don't let players leave on the cheap, especially not this one = Everton win
It was inevitable he would leave at some point, it's clearly going to be on our terms