By George Overhill

16th Nov, 2023 | 7:10pm

Everton transfer restriction emerges as club hold refusal rights on Youssef Chermiti

New details from the deal which took Youssef Chermit to Everton this summer have emerged with Sporting retaining first rights of refusal should the Toffees wish to sell him, according to Record.

The Portuguese paper reported on their website on 16 November that the striker’s transfer cost an initial €12.5million [£10.9m] with a further €2.5m in incentives [£2.18m] and a €1.2m commission [£1.04m].

There is a 12.5% sell-on clause included in the deal for the 19-year-old, but if such an onward move materialises it is now reported that his former side have to be informed of any offers for him and given the right to take him back to Lisbon.

According to Record it is unclear whether Sporting would be obliged to match whatever offer is made for the Portuguese under-20 international.

Chermiti has so far made six senior appearances under Sean Dyche this season.

Small print

Kevin Thelwell was obliged to get creative this summer in order to get deals for both Chermiti and compatriot Beto over the line.

Neither saw anything paid up front in light of the various uncertain factors surrounding the finances at Goodison Park, and it seems the multiple clauses involved in the deal for the teenager were slightly more complicated than most.

The 19-year-old scored his first goal for the under-21s last week, and was likened to star teammate Dominic Calvert-Lewin as a result.

If he is able to go even half way to replicating the Englishman’s quality in front of goal then the fee, with the incentives included will likely prove to be a small price to pay.

The likelihood surely is that Sporting would be obliged to match whatever another club might offer for Chermiti in future, so the chances of him heading back to the José Alvalade Stadium probably hinge on him not quite making the grade on Merseyside.

After a slew of disappointing signings in recent years at striker the hope is that Beto can buck that trend and his young countryman can develop in the background into a star of the future.

However, Calvert-Lewin’s long-awaited return to something like sustained fitness has meant neither have been called upon as much as they might have been in each of the past two seasons.

Touch wood, but Everton at last look to be fairly well covered up front and the team is benefiting greatly, while the relative lack of pressure on Chermiti’s shoulders should allow him time to find his feet.

In other Everton news, a Premier League manager fears a rush to sign a Toffees ace he is desperate to get a deal done for early.