Manchester United want Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye to replace outgoing star Ander Herrera, according to the Evening Standard.
They report that the Parisians remain desperate for a central midfielder and are set to take full advantage of Herrera’s dwindling contract situation at Old Trafford.
And Everton know only too well how keen the French champions are to improve in the engine room, as the Daily Mirror reported in January that Thomas Tuchel wanted Gueye, but the club refused to sell for anything less than £40m.
But now there appears to be little chance of Gueye going to Paris because of Herrera’s impending move, the Standard claim he could move to United – but the reported asking price is under £30m.
That means that Everton look like they’ve missed the opportunity to sell Gueye at the absolute peak of his value, and now face the potential double worry of selling him to a domestic rival.
It’s easy to see why Everton were so keen to keep Gueye in January; Marco Silva was struggling to inspire consistency and his job was under threat, and the nature of the window would have made it very hard for the Toffees to find a replacement.
But that stubbornness – which may well have helped them on the pitch – looks like it may cost them more than £10m in the summer, in terms of incoming transfer fees.