Everton verbally agree to sell player – Fabrizio Romano

Everton have reached a verbal agreement with Saudi club Al Shabab for the sale of winger Demari Gray this summer, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The transfer news specialist reported on his Twitter account on Monday (21 August) that the Saudi Arabian club had agreed to a deal in principle to sign the Jamaican international as Sean Dyche looks to trim down his options in the wide areas.

It had been reported earlier in the transfer window by the Athletic (1 August) that Gray had agreed on personal terms for a switch to remain in the Premier League with Fulham, but will now have similar discussions with Al Shabab.View Tweet

Everton verbally agree to sell player - Fabrizio Romano

Romano tweeted: “Al Shabab reach verbal agreement in principle with Everton to sign Demarai Gray.

“Deal only agreed club to club at this stage — as Saudi sources confirm. Al Shabab will now start talks also on personal terms — up to Demarai’s decision.”

Time’s up

It’s been glaringly obvious that Gray would be departing Goodison this summer as he seems to have fallen down the pecking order at Goodison Park since Sean Dyche’s arrival last season, with the likes of Alex Iwobi and now Arnaut Danjuma preferred on the wing.

The Toffees did lose both Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Alex Iwobi to injury at Villa Park on Sunday (20 August) and if both players are set for a lengthy spell on the sideline, it may not be a bad idea to keep Gray as an option for the final year of his contract, as he is likely more ready for a relegation fight than young forward Lewis Dobbin.

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Whether or not the wide-man will agree to the deal however is yet to be seen, with his preference being to remain in England having had approaches from both Fulham and Crystal Palace as well as Besiktas a move that the Athletic say was rebuffed by the Toffees.

But the riches of the Saudi Pro League have been hard for any player to reject this summer and the opportunity to move to what is becoming one of the most powerful leagues in the world may be an interesting option for Gray this summer.