Everton could be getting their hands on £60m by selling Anthony Gordon this summer.
According to a recent report from Sky Sports, Chelsea are willing to pay a mega-money fee of £60m to sign the winger, after initially having a bid of £40m-£45m rejected by the Toffees.
With the report also claiming that the Merseyside club’s stance on Gordon throughout the summer window has been that he’s not for sale, this persistence from Chelsea will surely be a frustration for Frank Lampard and everyone else at Goodison Park.
David Ornstein added to the story later in the morning, saying: “Anthony Gordon has told Everton + Frank Lampard he wants to join Chelsea. 21yo keen to play CL & boost WC chances.”
A product of Everton’s youth system, the 21-year-old has made 122 appearances for the club across their senior and youth teams. In that time, the winger has scored 28 goals and delivered 18 assists in the process.
Indeed, he also made more appearances (35) in the league last season than any other outfield player in the squad.
To further highlight how significant he is for the team on and off the ball, Gordon has had more shots at goal (ten) than any other Everton player so far this term, also making more pressures (60) than any of his team-mates.
This shows how industrious he is for the team and why he’d be such a big loss for them and Lampard if the 21-year-old were to depart the club before the summer transfer window ends.
In February, the Toffees manager made no bones about sharing his admiration for the youngster and what he offers to the team as he said: “I’ve been watching Anthony this season as an outsider, a neutral, and I love things about his game.
“When you come to see someone you try not to make too many judgments but I’ve seen him first-hand and he loves this club and he has a great attitude and all the attributes to do what he wants in this game.”
Taking all this into account, regardless of the hefty transfer fee that Chelsea are reportedly willing to splash out to sign Gordon, Everton should stand their ground and do everything that they can to keep hold of him and let him continue developing his game on Merseyside.