Everton may still lose midfield maestro Idrissa Gana Gueye this summer, with French champions PSG still keen on their failed January target.
According to Le Parisien, PSG sporting director will start his attempts to sign Gueye after the African Cup of Nations final on Friday.
The report also carries quotes from Gueye’s representatives, who make it clear his current focus is on international duty.
“The future of Idrissa will be decided after the AFCON. PSG is a serious track, but he focuses on the final and will look at his future from next week. It is a project that may interest him but other clubs are also in the race.
“We must remain cautious, as the last transfer window has shown. On January 31, we thought it was going to happen. There was some disappointment but Idrissa was very professional and was able to start again quickly for a very good second half of the season.”
Everton are seemingly open to his sale. The report claims that whilst Everton were non-receptive to a potential January exit they ‘will not oppose his departure’ this summer if the deal is right.
Everton fans will not want to see Gueye leave the club, but given his age, desire to leave and the potential money on offer, it is easy to see why Everton are considering a deal.
The Toffees tied up the signature of Fabian Delph this week, which could also be seen as planning for Gueye’s potential departure.
Everton fans love Gueye and rightly so but he has previously admitted his childhood admiration for PSG and it is a chance for him to play in the Champions League.
His performances at this summer’s AFCON have certainly helped prove to PSG that he is worth it. Everton will no doubt hope to use that fact to get the maximum transfer fee for the player.
A recent report from L’Equipe suggested an initial bid of €30 million (£27.1 million) for the player. Everton will likely want more than that and, if they reach the magic figure, it is likely Gueye will be off to France this summer.