Every day appears to bring a new angle on Everton’s battle to keep hold of Idrissa Gueye, or bid to sell him, whichever version you prefer.
The Mirror are now reporting that the Blues are actually trying to retain the midfielder even though he appears to have agreed to personal terms with Paris St. Germain, and will even go to the extent of reporting the Parisian side to UEFA for what the outlet are calling ‘illegal approaches’ for the Senegalese international.
The article goes on to say that Everton insist they have not received a bid for Gana though French media seem to think that a £25 million offer has been made for the player who has featured 93 times for the Blues over three seasons.
Previous reports over the proposed transfer have stated that the Toffees are holding out for a bigger payday, in the £40m range for the 29-year-old whose value will likely never be higher than it is now. PSG will be additionally desperate after midfielder Marco Verratti picked up an injury over the weekend and is looking to miss an extended period of time.
Manager Marco Silva has stated a few times this January that the Blues will not be buyers during the transfer window unless players go out the door. The Blues have seen three players go out on loan so far - Kieran Dowell, Mason Holgate, Oumar Niasse - and the sale of Gueye for a bumper fee might be the tipping point that will allow Silva to bring in a striker like Michy Batshuayi.
The Blues have also been linked with a couple of defensive midfielders - Amadou Diawara of Napoli, Thiago Mendes of Lille - but it appears that any moves the club makes to replace Gana if he leaves will be in the summer.