Silva: No official contact made regarding Gueye

Thursday, 24 January, 2019 10comments  |  Jump to last

Marco Silva has confirmed that, as far as he is concerned, there has been no official approach made for Idrissa Gueye.

Despite reports suggesting that Everton have told Paris St Germain that the Senegal international is not for sale and claims, mostly in France, that an opening offer has been made and that PSG have been encouraged by the player's general agreement over personal terms, Silva is adamant that there has not been a bid so far.

The Portuguese was asked about the situation during his press conference this morning and he lent credence to a report in the Liverpool Echo this week that said there has yet to be official contact from PSG regarding Gueye.

“For me it's new,” Silva said. “We haven't had one offer, not one club has made an official offer for Gana.

“Of course, I'm speaking with him like do with all the other [players]. He is focused on our club and he is working to give his best. There is nothing more to say about that.”

Asked if he felt there had, perhaps, been an illegal approach made for the player, Silva replied:

“Until now, what I can tell you is there are no offers have come in to us for Gana. If there's something illegal, I don't know.”

Meanwhile, Silva also addressed the situation regarding Yannick Bolasie who unexpectedly returned from his loan spell at Aston Villa this week.

As was the case last summer when the winger was informed that he wouldn't be part of the manager's plans, Bolasie has little chance of playing first-team football at Goodison over the remainder of the season and may be farmed out on loan again, perhaps to his former club, Crystal Palace.

“[Another loan] is a possibility, of course," Silva said. "Until now we have had no enquiries. We will do what is the best solution for him and us as a club.

"We have four wingers in our squad and we are happy with them. What I don't want is for Bolasie not to play again. It doesn't mean I have already decided what will happen.

"Let's see what will happen at the end of the market. When he took the decision to come back we didn't expect it, even though he has that option in his contract.”

"[H]e knows [he is unlikely to get game time]. I took that decision last summer, because I realised it would be difficult for him to get the minutes he wants.”


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Neil Lawson
1 Posted 24/01/2019 at 22:25:17
Latest reports suggest this is dead in the water. However, £30 million for a player who is committed and full of endeavour, but who struggles to pass and can not shoot, is not a bad deal.

James McCarthy is an immediate replacement who will add real steel and drive, and who knows...... the profits may take us up to 16th in the Deloitte Money League.

Darren Murphy
2 Posted 24/01/2019 at 22:30:10
What a crock of shit. So we're led to believe that we would sell arguably our top performer for a just £22 million in January, a Chelsea reject bought for £40 million even though we apparently have to sell to buy.

And loaning out a striker when we just have seems a bit more stupid as if we get injuries to Calvert-Lewin or Richarlison we'd be in a Spurs position. Nope not league position before anyone pipes up.

This club never fails to disappoint. Bottom line was to replace the donkey with at least the same price/money used we got for him. And nothing but Tosun and Sandro which cost £32M total roughly – not £75M. Not that a decent striker would come now but, at the time, we were looking okay.

A load of balls... I'm looking forward to going to the Millwall game though.

Robert Leigh
3 Posted 24/01/2019 at 23:36:15
Bit narrow-minded, Neill – look at who's top of the financial league, who's above us – all great clubs, so the higher we are the better we're doing.

As for Gana – I'm happy for him to stay. As I said on another thread, he is the best at what he does in the Premier League now that Kante has moved to RCM.

I like McCarthy, but he isn't fit enough for long enough to be counted on. It'd be like building a team around Darren Anderton.

Jerome Shields
4 Posted 25/01/2019 at 05:37:51
Gueye is a player who can work within the Silva system and is central to it. When the Silva system is under pressure he has to resort to long inaccurate passes.

Silva can't sell him, but Brands can, if the money is right. If he is sold Silva is gone.

Mike Gaynes
5 Posted 25/01/2019 at 06:43:07
Neil #1, how do you know that "James McCarthy is an immediate replacement who will add real steel and drive"??

You haven't seen him play in a year, since the injury. He's made exactly one appearance, with the U-23s. He hasn't even made the bench for the first team. Not once.

Davies is there every game, even Schitbowl Schneiderlin gets a run-out. But Silva hasn't given Macca even a glance at the pitch. There must be a reason.

Tony Everan
6 Posted 25/01/2019 at 11:17:13
Losing Gana would be a negative, we need a quality squad. Even if we get someone who can properly challenge him for that role or keep him out of it it would be good to keep Gana as a threat to that position or rotate and ready to step in.

Losing him would make the squad weaker and we should not consider doing it on the cheap at all. If Gana Gueye wants to go, tell PSG to pay up in full or fuck right off.

Bobby Mallon
7 Posted 25/01/2019 at 11:37:10
We cannot lose Gana. He is a machine of unbelievable energy.

Our system is wrong for our players (just my opinion). We should be playing 4-4-2.

Lee Courtliff
8 Posted 25/01/2019 at 23:51:20
I'm not a big fan of this lad, at all. I understand what he offers and it is important but a midfielder who can barely pass more than 10 yards and who scores only 1 or 2 goals a season is not somebody we should be terrified of losing.

Fair point about building a squad with depth but, without European football to worry about, we can't really turn down near £30M for someone his age.

Karl Meighan
9 Posted 26/01/2019 at 11:43:42
I would take 30m for Gana all day at his age, suspect passer of a football, adds nothing going forward and does he really protect are centrebacks and stop us conceding goals or break play up and get us going forward quickly?

He has a fantastic engine, covers lots of ground and is a nuisance to opponents. Most of Gana's strengths most players should be able to produce imo and its upto the manager to get it out of the players.

Ste Owens
11 Posted 27/01/2019 at 19:16:22
James McCarthy, fit and firing on all cylinders, any day of the week... although being fit is the stumbling block!

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