In June 2018 Everton opted to permanently offload Ramiro Funes Mori to Villarreal for an undisclosed transfer fee, according to BBC Sport.
As per a report in the Liverpool Echo, the Toffees recouped the £9.5 million that they paid for him.
The central defender departed Goodison Park after three years and 67 appearances for the Toffees.
Mori was the ultimate ‘Marmite’ player on Merseyside, with some Blues seeing a quality player and others sighting nothing more than a clumsy passenger.
Villarreal have suffered a bizarre season so far.
Domestically they are on the cusp of the relegation places, just two points clear of safety.
The Europa League has been a different story, however.
Javier Calleja’s men face a quarter-final with Valencia and haven’t been beaten in the competition yet.
Last night El Submarino Amarillo played out a stunning 4-4 draw with Barcelona, in a game which had everything.
Villarreal trailed 2-0, before leading 4-2 and conceding twice in injury time to settle for a draw.
This is where Funes Mori, highlighted the good, the bad and the ugly within his play.
For certain parts of the game he looks excellent, in others he looked hapless and in picking up a stupid caution he showcased his clear clumsiness.
Funes Mori was offloaded by Everton because he proved to be a liability all too often.
Villarreal can probably vouch for this. Last season they finished fifth in La Liga, qualifying for Europe, yet this time with – Funes Mori in tow – they face a fight for survival.
The Premier League is often unforgiving and the Argentine proved just too costly on certain occasions.
In Michael Keane, Yerry Mina and Kurt Zouma, the Toffees have three defenders who are all arguably better than Funes Mori.
Last night served to highlight exactly why the defender didn’t have a future at Goodison Park.