Now that the African Cup of Nations tournament is over and Idrissa Gueye is finally done with his 2018-19 season, Everton are bracing for a series of bids for the midfielder with Paris St. Germain and Manchester United apparently in the forefront.
PSG have already indicated interest in the player for a number of transfer windows, but saw their last bid of £35 million in January rejected by the Blues. The Express are now reporting that the French champions are going to return with an offer of £30m guaranteed along with up to £10m in add-ons and bonuses.
The player’s representatives seem quite convinced that Gana would not be returning to Everton -
“The future of Idrissa will be decided after AFCON. PSG are a serious option, but he is concentrating on the final and will decide on his future next week. It is a project that could interest him but there are also other clubs in the race. We have to remain prudent, like the last window proved.
“The 31st January, we thought that things would happen. There was disappointment but Idrissa was very professional and was able to jump back into a good second half of the season.”
PSG manager Thomas Tuchel appears to be quite enamoured by Gana and seems to want him at any cost, despite signing a number of midfielders over the last few transfer windows. With the player having indicated that this would be a dream move for him, Everton appear to be resigned that the player will leave, but are trying to ensure they are compensated in a manner that reflects Gueye’s excellent standing in the game and how important a role he has played for the Blues.
Silva, when asked if new signing Fabian Delph was Gueye’s replacement, talked about how he planned on keeping the Senegal international at Everton -
“I have to talk with him and show him how he is an important player for us. To be honest, even if it was a fantastic opportunity for him, the behaviour of Gana after that period was very, very good and he lost a ‘dream’.
“He always gives 100% and his best. He said to me in that period that he had that dream but for us as a club it was really tough to take to lose a player like him.
“I think we took the right decision and after that Gana proved that with his best season at Everton, in my opinion.
“Let’s see what the market will say again about Idrissa and we are here to take the best decisions for us as a football club.”