Everton completed another protracted signing in August 2023 when they landed Sporting CP forward Youssef Chermiti in a deal initially worth €15m and on a contract that would run to 2027.
The negotiations over the 19-year-old took a while to complete with the two clubs going back and forth over the fee, the player and his father seeking certain financial clauses and then bureaucratic issues related to securing his work permit all dragging out the timeline before he was finally unveiled as the Blues' third signing of the 2023 summer transfer window.
He was given the No.28 shirt last worn by Cenk Tosun and he gave his reaction to the move in an interview with the official Everton website:
“It’s a big move for me. Joining Everton is a new beginning, a new page and I’m very happy to be here. It is a beautiful city and a beautiful club. I’m looking forward to meeting the fans, my new teammates and to get to work with the coach. I want to embrace everything about the Club. I hope the fans will like me and I want to show them what I am capable of.
“Everton is a big club. A lot of legends have played here. I couldn’t turn down this opportunity.”
Though only a year into his professional career, Chermiti was regarded as a hot prospect by many observers in his native country. He broke into Sporting's senior squad the previous season and played 22 times, scoring three goals.
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