Everton have identified a dream Idrissa Gana Gueye replacement in Lille’s Thiago Mendes, but the Ligue 1 side will demand £27million for his services, per Telefoot.
As the potential for Paris Saint-Germain to swoop in and sign Gueye continues to linger at Goodison Park, the Toffees board refuse to sit and wait only to leave Marco Silva on the back foot for the remainder of the season.
For such a reason, club scouts have been on a mission to find the 29-year-old’s successor, and have identified Lille star Mendes as a player to consider.
The Ligue 1 outfit are said to be open to losing their key man for €30million (£27mllion), but Marcel Brands would only be willing to pay that for Mendes, who TransferMarkt value at £16.2million, should Gueye leave for the French capital.
To ward off the potential of PSG snapping up their star player, though, the Toffees have slapped a £45million asking price on him, which is so far proving enough to stop Thomas Tuchel from making a move, as the Ligue 1 leaders will not stump an excessive fee to replace a player in Adrien Rabiot they will lose for free.
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If Silva believes Mendes is the man to replace Gueye, he would be acquiring a key part of Christophe Galtier’s side, who currently sit second to PSG in Ligue 1 and ahead of Olympique Lyonnais.
The 26-year-old has featured in 17 of his side’s 19 league fixtures this season, and has recorded 40 successful tackles, 24 interceptions and 20 clearances.
The former Sao Paulo star’s stats suggest he would be able to replace Gueye if chosen to be the one, with the 29-year-old Everton’s most important figure in the heart of the side for breaking up the oppositions play.
No player in Blue has attempted or completed more tackles than Gueye after a possible 21 games, with the Senegalese sensation responsible for 72 successful tackles and 40 interceptions, while spreading the ball a team-high 973 times.