It's not unusual to see a team clean house and get rid of multiple players whenever a new manager steps in. That's precisely what Everton are looking forward to doing right now in an attempt to give Rafa Benitez the players he needs to thrive in the English Premier League and clinch a spot in the UEFA Champions League.
The team's front office has given the Spaniard boss plenty of confidence and vowed to release some funds to let him acquire some new players, meaning that they'll have to part ways with several of their current assets.
So, according to multiple reports, the team would look to sell at many as six players, with Colombian duo James Rodriguez and Yerry Mina as the two biggest names on the list right now.
Transfer News: Everton Want To Sell Six Players, Including James Rodriguez & Yerry Mina
"Everton are preparing to sell of a significant chunk of their squad this summer as they look to raise funds for new manager Rafa Benitez. Benitez's appointment has been met with skepticism from sections of the Everton support, given his obvious ties with rivals Liverpool, but he insists his allegiances will be quickly forgotten if he brings success back to Goodison Park," reported 90min.
"To do that, though, he has admitted that players must be sold, and the Telegraph say that as many as six major players could be offloaded to raise funds," the report concluded.
Besides the aforementioned Rodriguez and Mina, Everton wouldn't mind parting ways with Andre Gomes, Bernard, Fabian Delph, and Cenk Tosun as well to find some funds for Benitez.
It goes without saying that Everton will have a tough time competing with the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea, and Manchester City for the top of the EPL table but still, their current roster has plenty of room for improvement.