Everton have paused talks with Paris Saint-Germain over the transfer of Idrissa Gueye, although they remain in the mix to sign the midfielder.
According to L’Equipe, Everton has stopped talks with Paris Saint-Germain for the signing of Idrissa Gueye. The report claims the Toffees are still interested in signing the midfielder, but negotiations got complicated between the two clubs.
Everton hope to complete a few signings before the close of the transfer window, as Frank Lampard remains keen to strengthen the squad. The Toffees had been mildly active in the early stages but need to ramp up their efforts.
Lampard is intent on signing a quality centre-forward to support and cover for Dominic Calvert-Lewin. However, the manager is also keen on adding depth to his midfield area, which saw some players leave at the end of last season. The early season injury to Abdoulaye Doucoure highlighted the reduced options the Toffees have.
James Garner is a reported target, but Manchester United’s asking price for the 21-year-old could become problematic for the Toffees. Lampard did bring Amadou Onana recently, which has significantly raised the quality of his central areas.
The new midfielder need not be a sure starter this season, although the quality has to be there to carry the baton in midfield whenever needed. In search of such a player, Everton pondered bringing back Idrissa Gueye from Paris Saint-Germain.
The Merseysiders were reportedly close to bringing the midfielder back to Goodison Park, with the 32-year-old keen to rejoin. However, in recent days there has been an impasse between the two clubs regarding the particulars of the transfer, which has led to a breakdown in talks.
L’Equipe reports that Everton have stopped talking to PSG about Gueye, jeopardizing the transfer. However, the Toffees are still keen on bringing the midfielder to the club and may have to find a new way.
Gueye has a year left on his deal and may attempt to find an internal solution with PSG if he is to make a move happen. There seems to be an agreement with Everton and Gueye, which could help get the deal over the line.
The publication fails to specify the cause of the problems between the two clubs, although it could be related to the fee PSG could be demanding for the 32-year-old. Whether Everton return to the table to resume talks remains to be seen.