UPDATE - 2pm BST, 23rd Nov
Marco Silva added some comments about Gordon in his pre-match press conference today, see below.
German clubs have been keeping a keen eye on English talent in recent years, with a number of players going over and making a name for themselves in the Bundesliga. The success of Ademola Lookman (on loan last season), Reiss Nelson (on loan from Arsenal) and Jadon Sancho has only piqued that interest even more.
Now the Mail are reporting that Borussia Dortmund are interested in another Everton player, attacking midfielder Anthony Gordon. The 17-year-old has also been scouted by Bayern Munich and Arsenal as well.
Gordon has progressed well in Everton’s Under-18 side, getting a call-up to the England youth team set-up in September and has already picked up eight Under-18 team caps. He made his debut for the Everton senior team last season in the dead-rubber Europa League group stage game away at Apollon Limassol, coming on for the last few minutes. With that he became the first player to be born in this century to play for the senior team.
The teenager turns 18 next February, but also came on for the last quarter of an hour for the friendly game a couple of weeks ago at Goodison Park against Kenyan champions Gor Mahia.
RB Leipzig continued to pursue Lookman heavily after his return from this loan period, and it took a concerted effort from Marcel Brands and Marco Silva to keep him on Merseyside. With Sancho starring at Dortmund this season, picking up five goals in 19 games, the German club who are famed for their youth development are understandably keen on strengthening with Gordon.
Brands has already stated that he will be focusing on developing the youth sides at Everton, so it’s unlikely the club will let Gordon go easily. The player’s current contract expires at the end of this season, and he is expected to get an improved deal to sign sooner than later.
Speaking this afternoon during his pre-match press conference for Everton vs Cardiff City, Silva added -
“He’s a talent. He’s a player we want to keep, of course. It is our goal to keep our best players, not only the players playing in the first-team.
“If we want to grow and achieve something important we need to keep our best players.
“We are here to look to the young players and to work with them and improve.”