Speaking in an interview today, Roberto di Matteo confirmed that the Blues have triggered the player's release clause and that he "expects" Gueye to move to Goodison Park given that, to date, that's the only firm offer on the table.
Reports emerged earlier this week that Everton had indeed activated a clause in the Senegalese's contract that would allow him to leave Villa Park for a relatively cut-price £7.1m following the Midlands club's relegation from the Premier League.
Gueye was reportedly a target of Ronald Koeman's last year but the 26-year-old ended up joining Villa instead.
"It's public Everton have triggered his clause and he's going to leave," Di Matteo said. "There's no news so far but the expectation is, once personal terms are agreed and a medical [is done], he's going to go.
"There are other clubs interested, that's right, but the only official bid so far has been from Everton."
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1 Posted 29/07/2016 at 16:27:26
2 Posted 29/07/2016 at 16:35:29
3 Posted 29/07/2016 at 16:39:56
In a balanced squad you would only keep 4 out of that 7. Gueye, Davies, Besic and Barry as experience from the bench for me, with Gibson, Cleverley and McCarthy moved on.
4 Posted 29/07/2016 at 16:43:50
5 Posted 29/07/2016 at 16:58:46
James (#3), I think most top clubs would have more than 4 players covering two positions, and consider that Davies is so young and Barry so "old" I can see us keeping them all with perhaps Besic or Cleverley missing out. McCarthy is better than these two, but I think Koeman will start with Gueye and Gibson.
6 Posted 29/07/2016 at 17:01:16
8 Posted 29/07/2016 at 17:14:32
9 Posted 29/07/2016 at 17:18:03
Let's just move on from the stagnation of Barry, McCarthy or An Other in EVERY single fuckin game, wether it was West Brom at home or Arsenal away.I hate the idea that the starting point for midfield is two defensive players every time.
10 Posted 29/07/2016 at 17:34:28
Doesn't look good for Gibson and McCarthy IMO
Cleverley could still have a role to play coming in as part of a 3 in midfield depending on the opposition.
Decent signing if it happens...
11 Posted 29/07/2016 at 17:35:35
I agree, but id keep McCarthy and off Barry.
12 Posted 29/07/2016 at 17:37:29
15 Posted 29/07/2016 at 17:58:15
Gibson won't be involved at all, the guy has barely in 2 years and is finished.
18 Posted 29/07/2016 at 18:16:50
19 Posted 29/07/2016 at 18:18:23
The Gibson new contract is still a very strange one, given that it happened before Koeman or Walsh were appointed. My assumption is that Koeman was involved in the decision somehow.
20 Posted 29/07/2016 at 18:19:33
21 Posted 29/07/2016 at 18:24:26
22 Posted 29/07/2016 at 18:41:50
23 Posted 29/07/2016 at 18:42:34
He's not better than Cleverley, McCarthy, Barry or Davies and is only on a par with Gibson because he is twice as injury-prone as Besic. On the other hand, Gibson is ten times the footballer Besic will ever be!
25 Posted 29/07/2016 at 18:50:30
I think because he shows a bit of fight and desire people see past his lack of ability.
Never been a big fan of Mo.
26 Posted 29/07/2016 at 18:57:20
27 Posted 29/07/2016 at 19:08:21
Who knows who will come and go and what role Koeman has for players? We couldn't have predicted that Deulofeu would be used as a centre forward!!! Let's just wait and see. Speculation is just that... speculation!
Now, just take a wee moment and think over the years who Everton have been linked to and who has actually signed!
28 Posted 29/07/2016 at 19:51:51
Snappy, isn't it?
30 Posted 29/07/2016 at 20:52:32
The reason he was hauled off at the Euros was because he was knackered. You mustn't have watched him against Italy and France, where he was outstanding as our defensive midfielder. He'd be in my starting 11.
Gibson is a playmaker, can't tackle; Besic ,too inconsistent.
31 Posted 29/07/2016 at 22:09:33
32 Posted 29/07/2016 at 00:05:06
The problem is he's not shown any of these things consistently whereas McCarthy has been very consistent in his work rate and performances.
He has a lot of potential but equally a couple of his performances were woeful last season. He's certainly not the finished article yet.
Gary, "very average at best" is hugely unfair on a lad who at his best looks top draw. Was he "average at best" when he completely man-marked Messi out of that game in the World Cup?
He may never become a great player in the Premier League but if you think that he's never shown anything worth getting excited about, then you've been watching a different player to me.
33 Posted 30/07/2016 at 08:33:30
34 Posted 30/07/2016 at 10:27:19
35 Posted 30/07/2016 at 19:38:24
My head tells me that we wont see an improvement on last season league position - until year 2 of Ronals rein. My heart is telling me that we'll get into the top 4. Don't you just love being an Everton fan!!!
36 Posted 31/07/2016 at 03:43:20
He may have been more consistent than Besic and McCarthy, but they seem to offer much more than he can (although in different ways) when they are really on form.
Can Koeman bring out their best more often, or add more depth to Cleverley's mediocre 'Jack of All Trades' output?
37 Posted 31/07/2016 at 23:57:11
Bench: Schmeichel, Williams, Martins-Indi, Sigurdsson, Sneijder, Haller
38 Posted 01/08/2016 at 00:51:29
Although 4-3-3 with 11 outfield players will probably raise a few eyebrows.
39 Posted 01/08/2016 at 14:18:29
I have this vision of a hamster running on his wheel thinking nearly there, nearly there but then realises he has gone nowhere ... seems like our transfer policy. Bill the Hamster from now on I think.
40 Posted 01/08/2016 at 14:52:10
41 Posted 01/08/2016 at 14:56:46
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