Everton have ramped up their activity in the transfer window over the last two weeks, and now a new update has emerged from a reliable source on the club’s potential fourth signing of the summer.
Italian journalist and transfer insider Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Paris Saint-Germain are keen to get a deal done this week to sell Idrissa Gana Gueye.
Romano tweeted: “PSG want both Wijnaldum and Gueye [Everton] to leave this week.”
On Monday, Romano had confirmed that Gueye was in Merseyside ahead of his medical with the club:
“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.”
It is no secret that Everton struggled in the Premier League last season, and Frank Lampard will be keen to improve the squad and upgrade key areas of his team to ensure the mistakes of the past aren’t repeated to lead the side into a more comfortable position when they return to action this week.
The move for Gueye to return to Goodison Park will be one that is likely to be warmly welcomed as the 32-year-old midfielder has gone from strength to strength since joining PSG in 2019, and last season, in particular, was a key player in the Ligue 1 champions’ title victory.
Over 26 league appearances, the Senegalese star scored three goals, delivered one assist and created one big chance. From a defensive point of view, he made 2.3 tackles and won four duels per game, as he proved that he is both effective in defensive and attacking play.
The AFCON winner’s contributions to his French team did not go unnoticed by former manager Mauricio Pochettino who hailed Gueye in a post-match interview following a victory over Clermont last season (via GOAL):
“He [Gueye] is an important player in the balance he gives the team, he also scores goals now.
“Faced with stiff competition in the midfield, the Senegalese continues to score points at the start of the season.”
The potential £8.4m signing of Gueye means that Lampard could finally axe Andre Gomes who was dubbed “a walking red card” by Greg O’Keeffe after a disastrous season for the Toffees over the last campaign. He became more of a hindrance than a help in an important moment.
Gomes was the fifth worst-rated player in the entire Everton squad last season according to SofaScore, and it’s not hard to see why when you look at his statistics over his 14 Premier League appearances.
The midfielder was dribbled past 1.7 times and lost possession of the ball every 3.8 touches on average per game, as well as losing the majority of his duels (64%), proving that the player has become a liability in the team.
As a result of his poor performances, the 29-year-old was rarely-seen following the former Chelsea boss’ appointment at Goodison Park, making just four appearances under the management of Lampard, so it is clear that the player is not in his plans.
With that being said, the signing of Gueye has given Lampard the perfect opportunity to finally upgrade on Gomes and replace him in the team, which could make a huge difference to the effectiveness in the centre of the pitch for the Toffees over the upcoming Premier League campaign.