Everton have rejected an approach from Paris Saint-Germain for midfielder Idrissa Gueye, according to The Mirror, but the same source says they would have a decision to make if an offer worth £40m is tabled.
The midfielder is wanted by the French champions as they look to bolster their midfield this month, but the Toffees and manager Marco Silva ideally want to retain the player.
Per the aforementioned report in The Mirror, PSG have yet to table an official bid for Gueye but are testing Everton’s resolve over the 29-year-old, who is keen on the move to the French capital.
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The Mirror cites reports from France suggesting that PSG value Gueye at £25m – L’Equipe reported on Tuesday that they had offered €25m (around £21.8m) for the 29-year-old – but Silva would prefer to keep him in this transfer window.
Everton are said to be wary of allowing him to leave, understandably so given difficulty of replacing such an integral player in January.
The club are, however, on the hunt for a striker and The Mirror report that a bid worth £40m would present them with a dilemma, particularly as they look to free up funds to boost their attack.
Even in the ridiculously inflated transfer market in which clubs are currently operating, money inevitably talks.
PSG operate on a different financial level to Everton and have the money to extricate Gueye from Goodison Park should they so wish.
Thus, the Merseyside outfit would be wise to start making plans for his departure.
An offer of £40m would help the Toffees’ hunt for a striker and they could also have extra left over to bolster their midfield.
Gueye, meanwhile, would be swapping a mid-table Premier League side for the runaway Ligue 1 leaders, who are also still in the Champions League.
This deal, in the end, could make sense for all parties.