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Everton will not sell key midfielder in January

Toffees make stance over Idrissa Gueye very clear

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UPDATE: Monday Jan 14th, 3pm BST

L’Equipe in France are reporting that Gueye has already spoken with PSG manager Thomas Tuchel and super-agent Pini Zahavi (who managed Neymar’s transfer) is now involved with pushing through this move.

As rumours of Paris St. Germain’s interest in Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye continue to grow, the Toffees have apparently gone out and said to the player that he will not be sold during the January transfer window.

With Adrian Rabiot planning to leave the French side on a free transfer at the end of the season, PSG are looking for an immediate replacement for the midfielder. Along with Gana another couple of names seem to keep popping up as well - Abdoulaye Doucoure of Watford FC and Fabinho at Liverpool.

The Daily Mail reported late yesterday that PSG have offered £30million for Gueye, but with how important a role he plays in Marco Silva’s midfield, the Blues insist they will not be selling the Senegalese international who has picked up 62 caps.

Gana has made 92 appearances for the Blues, scoring four times with three assists and is under contract until the end of the 2021-22 season, having been handed an extension in February of last season.

At 29, he is getting on in years for the demanding toll his role takes, but he has been surprisingly durable for the Blues, missing only seven games due to injury. He does have his limitations however, especially in the attacking half, and this transfer window might represent the highest value the Toffees will be able to get for him, but his effectiveness and the Blues’ lack of backup options mean it might be more worthwhile to hold on to him in the long run.