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Everton enter “final stages” of Idrissa Gana Gueye deal

Everton are closing in on a deal to re-sign a fan favourite… 

What’s the word?

According to Fabrizio Romano, the Toffees could be set to make three signings in the coming week.

Writing shortly before Conor Coady’s confirmed transfer he wrote on his Twitter: “Talks at final stages for Gana Gueye too, Everton are optimistic.”

Romano also stated that the Merseyside outfit aim to conclude a deal for Amadou Onana this week.

Allan could be in trouble

With Everton seemingly completely reshaping their midfield, and Alex Iwobi’s central midfield performances making him the first name on the team sheet, it could be worrisome for veteran Brazilian Allan.

Gueye is certain to be given a run in the team, especially considering he will join a considerably better player than when he left Goodison Park in 2019.

Will Idrissa Gana Gueye be better for Everton than he was during his first stint?

Yes, he will be better

Yes, he will be better

No, he was great back in the day

No, he was great back in the day

The £99k-per-week midfielder featured 26 times in the league last season, and also earned invaluable Champions League experience for Paris Saint-Germain. He was even a scorer in their 2-0 win over Manchester City in the group stages.

Throughout the campaign, he also ranked in the top 5% of midfielders in Europe’s top five leagues for pressures per 90 and continued his trend of remarkable tackling numbers, as he also ranked in the top 7% for tackles per 90.

The Senegalese star is a “relentless” midfielder who brings exceptional talents to an Everton side crying out for an injection of speed and hard work.

He also marries this with a 92.7% pass completion percentage, outlining him as a consistent metronome within central midfield.

Compared to Allan, whose powers have waned over the last year or two, it suggests that this double midfield swoop could spell the end for the former Napoli man.

The 31-year-old has impressed during his spell at Goodison Park but his technical qualities have often let him down. This is indicative in his 26.72 pressures per 90, an impressive score, but a miserable 78.3% pass accuracy.

It seems that he is similar to Gueye when he left the club, however, he now returns with experience far beyond anything already in the Toffees’ dressing room.

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Everton's Richarlison celebrates scoring their first goal

Firstly, where did Everton finish in the Premier League?

To bring back their former player of the year is a romantic move, but it also deepens the squad with real quality that can ensure they do not get sucked into another relegation battle.

The only downside is that it could spell the end of a short and admittedly underwhelming Everton career for Allan who will no doubt be facing an anxious wait over his place in the team.