Everton have today officially confirmed the departure of Idrissa Gana Gueye. The midfielder has left Goodison Park in order to join PSG. According to the BBC, the Toffees received £30 million in exchange for the 29-year-old.
Despite the hefty fee, it’s still a blow for the Merseyside outfit to lose Gueye. The 63-cap Senegal international was a central figure in Marco Silva’s side last season. Over the course of the campaign, Gueye made 35 appearances for the Toffees. He brought steel and defensive discipline to the middle of the park and has left a gap in Silva’s squad.
The Portuguese coach must now find a replacement for Gueye. He shoulder therefore consider launching a bid to sign Mohamed Elneny. The Arsenal midfielder is currently something of an outcast at the Emirates Stadium. The 27-year-old spent last season on the fringes of Unai Emery’s squad, managing just 17 appearances in all competitions.
However, the 75-cap Egypt international has impressed for the Gunners before. He may not have a future in north London, but he still has plenty left to give in the Premier League. He could do a fine job for Everton, providing a consistent, reliable, if somewhat unspectacular, midfield presence.
Due to Elneny clearly being surplus to requirements at Arsenal, Everton could probably land him for a cut price fee too. This would leave money to spare from Gueye’s £30 million fee for Silva to invest elsewhere in his squad.