Aston Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo expects Idrissa Gueye’s move to Everton to be completed very soon.
Everton have triggered the midfielder’s £7.1m release clause and he has been discussing terms with them this week.
Gueye’s clause expires at the end of the transfer window but only Everton have made an official bid.
Villa, relegated from the Premier League last season, want to keep him but Di Matteo is resigned to seeing the 26-year-old Senegal international leave after just one season at the club.
He said: “It’s public Everton have triggered his clause and he’s going to leave. There’s no news so far but the expectation is, once personal terms are agreed and a medical [is done], he’s going to go.
“There’s not much I can do because he had a clause in his contract and that’s something I inherited and my hands are tied. We will be losing him.
“The fact he is leaving is basically down to the clause he has in his contract, otherwise there would be no chance.
“We’re not a club looking to sell. We don’t have to, we don’t need to.”