Marco Silva was insistent last night that he was unaware of any second bid for Idrissa Gueye from Paris St Germain but speculation persists that the midfielder wants the move to happen before tomorrow's transfer deadline.
The Everton boss confirmed that a bid, believed to be for £21.5m, was rejected by the club over the weekend but there were fresh reports last night that a second offer from PSG in the region of €30m had been lodged.
In addition, Sky Sports have claimed that Gueye submitted a transfer request prior to yesterday's match against Huddersfield, a possibility lent credence by the Senegalese midfielder's absence from the matchday squad.
Silva explained that Gueye was omitted because of a groin strain but there are now suggestions from France that the Portuguese threatened to resign as the Blues' manager if the player was sold this window.
A tweet by the Paris United Twitter account has it that Everton officials were close to agreeing a deal until Silva expressed his strong opposition to selling Gueye.
Furthermore, the Liverpool Echo's reporting indicates that Gueye does want to make the move to Paris which could ultimately tip Everton's hand if they receive an offer in the region of £35m.
“He had a minor problem with his groin,” Silva said last night after the 1-0 win the John Smith's Stadium, “but to be honest with you and our fans, but after the match I found out if something new had happened because I expected your question about him.
“There is nothing new. He had a minor problem in his groin but the feedback I got after the match was there was nothing new, no new offers for him, he keeps being our player and I hope he can continue with us.
“I don't know about a transfer request or not because, as you know, we were in the hotel last night.
“About the new offer of £30M? Nothing new has come to our club. There is nothing new about this situation."
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1 Posted 30/01/2019 at 18:38:28
There may be big teams that want him but most have creativity to accommodate him.
2 Posted 30/01/2019 at 18:41:42
The power people are just starting the "Transfer Waltz" and won't stop dancing until there's a signed contract and a medical.
The only reason this might not work out is time. PSG are seriously up against the clock here.
3 Posted 30/01/2019 at 18:45:13
My God she's missed.
4 Posted 30/01/2019 at 18:48:41
If he has set his heart on going to Paris, we have to let him go.
5 Posted 30/01/2019 at 18:51:14
EFC have created rumours of Arsenal, City and Silva will quit in order to drive a hard bargain
6 Posted 30/01/2019 at 18:53:29
7 Posted 30/01/2019 at 18:55:22
Yorkshire still without WiFi then??
8 Posted 30/01/2019 at 18:56:50
We, I say judiciously, have been discussing that on the other Gueye thread.
Not sure if it's tabloid nonsense, truth, or what.
We may lose Gueye and a manager by midnight tomorrow!
Step up Unsy and Davies!
9 Posted 30/01/2019 at 18:58:39
Silly Season is raw entertainment.
10 Posted 30/01/2019 at 19:03:39
11 Posted 30/01/2019 at 19:04:37
Rather have him stay but if he wants away, same as any player, get the most we can for him and wave him off with thanks.
12 Posted 30/01/2019 at 19:05:50
13 Posted 30/01/2019 at 19:05:55
1) Gueye will be sold to PSG;
2) Marco Silva will not resign.
However, I've been wrong before and am very poor at 'predictions'.
14 Posted 30/01/2019 at 19:07:40
Silva left Hull, having his head turned, then completely went on mental vacation at Watford while we tapped him up. I mean. . . . reached out to him.
Both fairly unprofessional and dramatic, no?
Or were you being sarcastic? I can't tell.
15 Posted 30/01/2019 at 19:09:28
16 Posted 30/01/2019 at 19:10:04
Silva has quit a few jobs in fact he has a reputation as a short term manager.
Resigned from Hull after taking them down, for all intents and purposes threw the towel in at Watford when he couldnt get his own way and I'm fairly sure he quit at least one of his Portugal jobs over a fallout with the board.
Personally I would be disgusted if this is true and they sell Gueye despite the managers stance but I don't hold Silva in particularly high regard anyway.
17 Posted 30/01/2019 at 19:22:50
Estoril - left for Sporting.
Sporting - sacked days after winning the cup by the recently ousted nutter who set the fans on the players, for wearing the wrong suit.
Olympiacos - resigned after winning the league for “personal reasons” aka thought hed get a better job
Hull - resigned to get a premier league job
Watford - sacked
18 Posted 30/01/2019 at 19:27:04
Watford - sacked because he stopped doing much of anything while awaiting a payday and job at Everton Football Club. Sacked due to quitting his primary functions and responsibilities.
I know lawyers are a bit hesitant to use such language and stick to "facts", but let's be clear. The dude stopped doing a single thing and was taking Watford no where because we had told him we wanted him.
He quit. Let's not say it was anything else. Officially it was "sacked", but they only sacked him because he stopped working and gave them no choice in the matter.
19 Posted 30/01/2019 at 19:33:30
The Gueye saga is perplexing. Sounds to me like PSG planting stories to excuse the fact that they won't pay the £35m we are demanding.
20 Posted 30/01/2019 at 19:34:37
21 Posted 30/01/2019 at 19:36:07
Selling Gueye to bring in Bats is a decent dollar-swap (pound-swap?) for me.
If Bats comes in, Gueye is definitely gone as we'll use those funds to facilitate that deal, and the Silva tossing his toys out of the pram stories are 100% bullshit.
I love the transfer deadline. Conjecture makes the world go round.
22 Posted 30/01/2019 at 19:38:42
No player in their right mind would turn that down. Wish him all the best. His path isn't going to cross ours anytime soon.
23 Posted 30/01/2019 at 19:41:47
24 Posted 30/01/2019 at 19:43:07
If PSG have leaked this with no ulterior motive, could it be a negotiating ploy? Brands has said to his counterpart, “we cant sell at that price, Silvas threatening to resign, you need to double it, thats the only way I can sell it (to Marco)”. If so silva may have done nothing of the sort and Brands is just playing the game. We all know he is a tough negotiator.
Or maybe BK is involved. He was known to pull theatrics in negotiations. Alex Ferguson tells how he had his mum on the phone in the Wayne Rooney transfer! We got a good price on a few players, so maybe that stuff does work?
25 Posted 30/01/2019 at 19:48:45
100% correct! Take the money if it goes over £25M and good luck to him.
His stats are very good but he's far from irreplaceable – even from within our current squad!
26 Posted 30/01/2019 at 19:48:49
Sorry, I love his work, but if he wants to move, then let him! We have to weigh good/bad vs money offered, any time!
27 Posted 30/01/2019 at 19:49:12
If it is total BS then why does Silva not just get on Twitter, or whatever s/media shit they use, and categorically deny the slander?
29 Posted 30/01/2019 at 19:54:02
33 Posted 30/01/2019 at 19:56:58
Its not an Everton type never-never deal, £1m a year for the next 20, itll be £5m and the rest in the summer or something like that.
Obviously PSG have the cash, its their FFP thats the issue.
35 Posted 30/01/2019 at 19:57:03
It's never looked to me that I missed anything, since I have Skype on the PC for my family to reach me at any time... Well, privacy..., as they know how to reach me... Oh well, the sacrifices we make for our loved ones!
37 Posted 30/01/2019 at 19:58:19
We are playing now only for pride and the prize money for being Best of the Rest. Anyone who wants to leave – and that includes Silva – let them go. Just don't spend any money this window because spending another £30 million now will not make us any better this or next season.
38 Posted 30/01/2019 at 20:00:19
39 Posted 30/01/2019 at 20:04:19
If they offer £35 mill and upwards sell as he wants to go and he's 29. I'd want him to stay personally but what's the point so cash in now. Unfortunately, Doucoure wants Champions League football and probably wouldn't leave Watford for us because...obvious.
40 Posted 30/01/2019 at 20:07:42
41 Posted 30/01/2019 at 20:13:49
42 Posted 30/01/2019 at 20:17:14
Haha, I sanctioned my younger brother to sell both the c64 and the c128 to a friend who was obsessed with collecting the old machines! I never asked for money, I just liked someone having them and valuing them, who cared if anyone found a use/market for those later!
And these last few years GOG.com have made most of my old c64 games available for the PC again! I've spent too much money on that! But it's still as fun as it used to be before graphics conquered content! :)
43 Posted 30/01/2019 at 20:28:23
I imagine Ferguson from the shipbuilding yards of the Clyde rolling his eyes at the antics of soft arse from the lovie world of the theatre.
44 Posted 30/01/2019 at 20:31:50
45 Posted 30/01/2019 at 20:36:36
46 Posted 30/01/2019 at 20:40:14
Maybe Silva disagrees that a striker (or specifically, Batshuyai) is more important to this team than Gueye and is unhappy that he hasn't had the final say?
Maybe the 2 potential transfers aren't dependent on each other, but they may well be. And, if any of these reports are to be believed, they appear to be Brands' decisions.
47 Posted 30/01/2019 at 20:40:37
48 Posted 30/01/2019 at 20:40:56
As for the reported £35M for Bats, well it is simply Bats! There may be a surprise or two but won't be holding my breath. Jim White is laundering his yellow tie as we speak.
49 Posted 30/01/2019 at 20:44:56
This is a new Everton with Marcel Brands running the show, a professional operator. So I think he will do good business for us in the end. It's looking like Gana out and Batshuyai in for similar money give or take a bag of change.
I would have been happy to have kept Gana, but my feeling is he wants to go to PSG, and all things considered its probably best to let want-away players go if their valuations are met.
50 Posted 30/01/2019 at 20:52:00
52 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:21:00
However, I may resign. I'm definitely certifiable.
Neil #44, YONKS?
53 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:21:47
54 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:28:05
55 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:30:27
56 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:33:07
57 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:47:08
1. Sell Gana & Everton get wonga to buy a striker.
2. Sell Gana & Everton get a striker & rid of Silva.
3. Sell Gana & Everton get a striker, rid of Silva and get in a decent manager.
4. Steve Ferns relocates to the Algarve to write his memoirs titled 'Hey-ho Silva' — a fantasy based on Zonal Marking and the need for a sound defence with sketches and tactical analysis.
58 Posted 30/01/2019 at 22:12:26
The selling of Gueye was never in his plans and Gueye was probably central to Silva's Everton rebuild. No 3-year plan being worked on.
Silva probably thinks he is being left out to dry! I would agree, he is right.
59 Posted 30/01/2019 at 23:06:58
60 Posted 30/01/2019 at 23:48:01
61 Posted 31/01/2019 at 00:13:26
And if you were Everton, with Brands as your Director of Football and you were even just considering changing manager, wouldn't you keep your old mate Phillip Cocu available?
He's out of a job after his ill fated spell at Fener. If he's still waiting patiently come the summer then maybe so, but if he quickly gets a new job, then it's obvious we're going to stick with Silva.
62 Posted 31/01/2019 at 00:35:15
63 Posted 31/01/2019 at 00:49:28
Previously, he has been given the benefit of the doubt due to double short-bursts of decent form (which, let's face it, even Alan 'alpha prick' Pardew can point to), with the subsequent 'drop off a cliff' being swiftly dismissed due to Everton sat waiting... whilst doing a brazen Shazza Stone style uncrossing of the legs in front of the salivating Silva's lolling tongue.
He has never shown he can turn round a serious slump in form and come out the other side (despite presiding over a few to date in his three Premier League gigs) as, apart from his first managerial job which played out on a straight upward trajectory, he's never stuck around anywhere long enough to have to truly dig in.
When things went to shit at Watford, his inability to turn the tide was too readily written off as a simple case of someone at the top having their head turned and his troops losing all focus. The fact he couldn't simply give his head a fucking wobble and instead feebly pouted as his team dropped point after point after point and any previous good work was freely pissed away, was far too readily perceived as 'just one of those things', rather than a big flashing warning sign screaming "Whoa, whoa, whoa! Wait a fucking minute, Farhad".
Now he's meant to be coming out with that very line himself, in a last stand to stop the 'vital' leaving acres of space lad who doesn't even suit the system he wants to play from from doing one? Don't buy it myself and very much doubt it would wash with any prospective Premier League employer if he did laughably tender his resignation for such a limp reason.
64 Posted 31/01/2019 at 00:52:14
65 Posted 31/01/2019 at 09:25:05
I dont know about the West Country but I am pretty sure it was in common use in Liverpool end of the fifties early sixties.
66 Posted 31/01/2019 at 09:28:06
67 Posted 31/01/2019 at 09:52:54
68 Posted 31/01/2019 at 10:01:24
70 Posted 12/02/2019 at 22:12:04
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