Former Arsenal stars Theo Walcott and Alex Iwobi could be sacked by Everton, with Gylfi Sigurdsson’s future also uncertain, as the club plan a late summer fire sale.
The Toffees are said to be willing to consider offers for “ a whole squad of players ” as they look to scoop some cash after their summer spending spree.
The Merseyside club have spent £ 60million so far this summer on the arrivals of midfielders James Rodriguez, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure.
And Carlo Ancelotti is not yet finished, with the veteran manager keen to strengthen his full-backs with the signing of Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori.
But, according to The Times, Goodison Park’s current focus is on selling players, which may include former Arsenal duo Walcott and Iwobi.
Iwobi only joined Everton last summer on a £ 34million contract but the club are reportedly considering moving him already after his poor comeback in his debut season, having managed just two goals and one assist in 29 games.
The future of Sigurdsson, Fabian Delph, Bernard and Cenk Tosun is also uncertain, while Yannick Bolasie, Muhamed Besic and Sandro Ramirez are surplus to needs.
The report claims not all of those players will be sold this summer, with Ancelotti still keen to have depth in his squad this season as he aims to deliver a return to European football.
However, it is claimed that the current economic climate amid the COVID-19 crisis means that “ the majority ” of players who did not make the starting XI for Sunday’s 1-0 win over Tottenham in of the season opener of Everton will be allowed to leave.
Moise Kean is another player whose future for the Toffees has been in doubt in recent weeks, having struggled to make an impact following his £ 25million arrival from Juventus.
Ancelotti, however, has said he wants to keep the young striker but the club could still cash in if the right offer comes in before the transfer window closes next month.
Some of those fringe players will also have a chance to prove their worth in Thursday’s EFL Cup second round match against League Two Salford City at Goodison.