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Everton: “Deal in place” for Idrissa Gueye return

Fabrizio Romano has delivered an update regarding Everton‘s seemingly imminent deal to re-sign Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Idrissa Gueye.

What’s the word?

Writing on Twitter about the 32-year-old’s impending return to Goodison Park, the transfer insider revealed that the Senegal international is now in England to complete his medical, with just “final details” left to sort before the move can be confirmed.

Romano stated: “Idrissa Gana Gueye’s in Merseyside in order to undergo medical tests and sign as new Everton player. Deal in place with Paris Saint-Germain, just final details to be resolved.

“Gueye has already accepted, waiting for final steps then here we go.”

The one-time Aston Villa man is likely to join for a cut-price fee with just a year remaining on his existing contract at the Parc des Princes, having originally joined the Ligue 1 outfit in a £30m deal from the Toffees in 2019.

Lampard can fix Everton problem

While there may be some questioning the decision to turn to an ageing former player to help bolster the current Everton squad, Gueye will undoubtedly provide real quality to Frank Lampard’s ranks, with the midfield having been a particular problem area for the 44-year-old last term.

Not aided by a lack of fit senior options in the centre of the park, those that the former England international did have at his disposal failed to truly deliver in what was a simply dismal campaign for the club as a whole.

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Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher was particularly critical of the “lack of athleticism” in the Everton team following the harrowing 5-0 defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur in March, notably insisting that regular midfield starter Allan simply “can’t run”.

That stinging assessment will seemingly have been a wake-up call for the Merseysiders, hence the need to seek out new recruits to ensure that such a key area of the pitch is no longer a weak point.

While Gueye may be viewed as a player who’s past his prime, the £10.8m-rated man has already proven that he can make an impact in the Premier League, notably ranking highest for tackles made in the division during his debut season for the Toffees in 2016/17, while finishing behind only Wilfried Ndidi in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 campaigns for that matric.

That impressive form has continued since his move to France three years ago. The £99k-per-week machine averaged 2.3 tackles per game from his 26 league outings last term (bettered only by two current players at Everton), while also proving his quality in possession with a 93% pass accuracy rate (better than any Toffees starter) and providing four goal contributions (three goals and one assist).

The highest-scoring central midfielder in the Everton squad last term was Abdoulaye Doucoure, who netted just two goals in all competitions, with it set to be a welcome boost to bring in a player who can provide that cutting edge when required.

As Romelu Lukaku’s disastrous return to Chelsea has illustrated, going back for a second spell at a club isn’t always a wise move, but in the case of Gueye it is clear to see just how vital a role he could play in Lampard’s setup this season if he returns to Goodison Park.

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