Everton face a battle to keep star midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye at the club beyond the January transfer window as Paris Saint-Germain step up their interest in him.
Gueye plays a vital role in Everton’s system, acting as the holding midfielder in front of the defence.
But according to The Mirror, Everton would consider selling Gueye for £40m this month to fund a move for a striker.
Michy Batshuayi has been mentioned as a potential £40m addition for the Toffees but this would be poor business.
Gueye will be tough to replace in this Everton side because he plays a key role of protecting the defence.
In 20 Premier League games this season, the 29-year-old has made 83 tackles, 47 interceptions and 25 clearances, as per Who Scored.
If Everton lose the Senegal international, they will struggle to replace him with their current crop of players.
Rather than trying to sign a new striker this month, Everton should use that £40m to find a younger, long-term replacement for Gueye.
Marco Silva can make do with his current attacker options and get a striker for better value in the summer but if Everton lose Gueye, their game plan would have to change.
Finding a new holding midfielder must be a bigger priority for Silva if Gueye does depart this month.