Reports in Spain earlier this month suggested that Espanyol striker Borja Iglesias is set for the Premier League. That is, according to MARCA. As relayed by Sport Witness, the Spaniard is set to make a move to English football in the summer.
Everton were immediately named as a potential destination. In January, the Toffees reportedly made a bold move to bring in the Spanish striker.
As reported by SPORT, Everton had agreed to pay Iglesias’ release clause to make a switch possible. That fee stands at €28 million (£24.1 million) but Iglesias turned the chance down. Just six months after joining his current club another switch seemed too soon for the striker.
But Everton fans were probably hopeful of a deal this summer after the latest reports.
However, that now looks unlikely. Espanyol’s win yesterday against Real Sociedad saw them leapfrog Athletic Bilbao. In doing so, they have claimed the final Europa League spot in Spanish football.
Iglesias will no doubt want to play in Europe with the Catalan side. He was ecstatic at the result yesterday. He even went full John Arne Riise, stripping down to his boxers in celebration. In fact, he informed Marca he will be going nowhere when speaking after the game.
“If it will be nice to see Borja next year playing the Europa League? No doubt, I’ve lived beautiful moments that I’ve realized after losing them, today it’s been the other way around, we’ve enjoyed it and it’s been incredible.”
Everton cannot offer European football after finishing eighth in the Premier League. Therefore, at present, Iglesias may see the Toffees as something of a backward step with Espanyol going in such a positive direction.
Everton may need to look elsewhere for a potential new striker.