Everton should target Mario Lemina as a replacement for Idrissa Gueye

Sky Sports recently reported that PSG are interested in signing Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye in the January transfer window.

What’s the word?

Gueye arrived at Goodison Park from Aston Villa in the summer of 2016, for a figure in the region of £7 million. The 29-year-old has since become a key first team figure for the Merseyside club, and has made 88 appearances for the Toffees to date.

Gueye’s Transfermarkt valuation now stands at £18 million – more than double what Everton paid for him. It is also unsurprising that clubs of PSG’s stature are interested in the 62-cap Senegal international.

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The Ligue 1 giants have the financial might to prise the midfielder away from Goodison Park, so Marco Silva ought to already be considering potential replacements for Gueye.

Southampton man Mario Lemina would be an ideal target for the Toffees to pursue in the event of Gueye’s exit.

The perfect replacement

Lemina joined the Saints in the summer of 2017, and has since impressed in the Premier League. In his time at St Mary’s Stadium though, Southampton have constantly been battling the threat of relegation. Now, Lemina deserves the chance to represent a club with greater aspirations than those of the south coast outfit.

The 25-year-old could replace the drive, stamina, energy, tenacity and defensive discipline of Gueye in the Everton midfield. The 11-cap Gabon international also has the vision and technical ability to contribute going forwards.

With a Transfermarkt valuation of £13.5 million, Everton could potentially even land their man with the funds raised from Gueye’s sale.