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PSG 'in talks' with Gueye

| Friday, 21 December 2018 31comments  |  Jump to last
Paris St Germain have made Idrissa Gueye one of their targets for the January window as they look for midfield reinforcements.

The French giants are said to be looking at Cesc Fabregas and a potential loan deal for Liverpool's Fabinho but L'Equipe are reporting that they have initiated contact over a possible transfer of Gueye.

The Senegal international, formerly of Lille, is one of Marco Silva's most dependable players and he would be reluctant to let him leave unless it was for a particularly persuasive sum.

PSG's biggest obstacle, however, is the fact that they only have around €20m to spend because of Financial Fair Play restrictions which would almost certainly preclude a deal with Everton for Gueye.



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Bob Parrington
1 Posted 21/12/2018 at 22:44:25
So, if this is true (which it probably isn't) are we to assume that Everton have granted permission to PSG to approach Gueye/his agent etc?
Jim Bennings
2 Posted 21/12/2018 at 22:46:16
All me arse and more.

Unless Silva is lining up Doucoure?

Lev Vellene
3 Posted 21/12/2018 at 23:18:14
'Are said', 'reporting', says it all doesn't it? It's a sad thing these non-journalists actually get paid for making up click-bait headlines!

Totally unrelated to this, there must be some island(s) with vats of acid to dispose of "cretins" that James Bond missed out on...

Stewart Lowe
4 Posted 21/12/2018 at 23:20:27
As if this would ever happen, a column filler, no more.
Derek Knox
5 Posted 22/12/2018 at 00:27:26
I have seen this mentioned on a couple of sites, so am torn between the 'no smoke without fire' and the question that if true, he would be a major loss, unless they have someone who can perform his role, lined up.

I suppose considering we paid £7.1M for him from Aston Villa, if the PSG offer was to be such that the Club would capitalise on that deal, from a business perspective it would make sense.

However, even with a replacement lined up, I think he will be sorely missed, I assume it is Doucoure, they are thinking of, but from what I have seen of him, a decent player no doubt, but can't see him adequately replacing Gana.

Fran Mitchell
6 Posted 22/12/2018 at 02:58:44
A month ago, it seemed Fabinho's time at that lot would come to an early end, with PSG interested. Now he has suddenly emerged a key player for them, so PSG are probably considering many a player.

There is no reason Gueye should not be being considered, he's a class act, one of the best at what he does.

He'd fetch £50 million or so, but we would never be able to replace him. He is not an easy player to replace, and would be sorely missed.

Hopefully nothing more than a story.

Alan J Thompson
7 Posted 22/12/2018 at 03:02:26
If Brands is half the salesman a lot think he is, then he'll flog them Schneiderlin for twice the price.
Bill Gienapp
8 Posted 22/12/2018 at 04:08:28
And yet there are people on here who insist Gueye isn’t good enough for us.
Mark Andersson
9 Posted 22/12/2018 at 05:32:07
If he is sold that will tell us more about the ambitions of this club...

Gana has his critics saying he can't pass a ball or does not score enough.

That said, can young Davies step up to the mantle?

Peter Thistle
10 Posted 22/12/2018 at 05:58:22
Nobody in the squad can do what Gana does. Davies is a headless chicken and Schneiderlin can sod off. No thanks, PSG, until maybe next summer when we can "upgrade" Gana with a better box-to-box player.
Jim Bennings
11 Posted 22/12/2018 at 08:04:59
Only player that can do what Gana does is James McCarthy... sadly, he's never fit.
Jerome Shields
12 Posted 22/12/2018 at 08:31:35
Gueye was the Steve Walsh addition in the Kante mould. But he has had to play in a midfield trio for most of the time until now; that has been below standard. Even now, he has the extra task of providing support on the right flank, due to the fading Colman.

To make progress, Everton have to recruit and keep the players that are able to play to the standards required. It is absolutely essential that progress is seen to be made to recruit and keep this standard of player.

There are obvious weaknesses at Everton, both in first-team positions and in coaching and tactics. The right flank is weak, resulting in teams targeting it in their tactics; Everton are repeatedly getting caught out by unchallenged crosses from this source.

The high press is often, but more recently, ineffective, because of poor play by the forwards and an obvious selection problem. Opposition teams can push up into midfield as a result, compressing play and providing extra support to achieve turnovers.

Coaching of play in the final third is seen to be being neglected, resulting in poor pass completion and finishing. Having only three player actually scoring goals is a reflection of this.

So how does a player like Gueye see it? Well, straight away, he is having to work harder shoring up below-standard play around him. He has to take more risks, particularly as a result of the additional role of supporting the right flank. He has to resort to longer, potentially inaccurate passes. He has to tackle more, risking injury.

From Gueye's front-line knowledge, how does he see Everton progressing?

‘One step forward, two steps back' – Lyndon? The recent games have been disappointing, in that progress made seems to be undone by recurring weaknesses, which have been not addressed by coaching.

If PSG come knocking on his door, would Gueye want to take up their offer? Why not? It's a good and surer move than his present situation. . . and may not come again. Banking on Everton progressing is a risk.

While Silva has progressed Everton, it has not been solid enough. He needs to be seen as a coach addressing substandard play and making progress tactically. That's the way you attract and keep the standard of player required.

Gueye will have to be held to his contract. How will he react? The pressure for progress has just got greater. Things would have been different if Everton had have been able to push on against Newcastle but Silva was exposed as being tactically naive.

Malcolm Dixon
13 Posted 22/12/2018 at 12:06:24
It's suggested PSG are interested as they need a defensive midfielder at a 'bargain' price
due to FFP restrictions on their budget.
Jon Withey
14 Posted 22/12/2018 at 12:53:58
I don't see why we would sell him at a bargain price. He'd have to be replaced, our midfield would be stuffed defensively, and for turnovers, without him.

If it would pay for Gomes, you'd have to be tempted though.

James Stewart
15 Posted 22/12/2018 at 13:16:42
Laughing my arse off at the prospect of Gueye's passing attracting a Champions League team. Never gonna happen!
Tony Everan
16 Posted 22/12/2018 at 13:49:09
Gueye to PSG... Probably a complete bag-full of hairy bollocks; but: How much are they willing to pay? £20M? M&M may consider it if the player wants to go and the price is right.

Fran Mitchell
17 Posted 22/12/2018 at 14:51:36
£20 million, Tony? £20 million doesn't even get a half-decent Championship player these days.

3 years as one of the statistically best ball-winning midfielders in the Premier League, played excellently at the World Cup, and at 28/29 still has 4/5 years at the top level. £50 million, minimum.

But I'm hoping he'll stay and keep running our midfield for the next 5 years.

Alan J Thompson
18 Posted 22/12/2018 at 17:40:53
After a little thought, if we would put the likes of Holgate and Dowell out on loan then why not loan them Schneiderlin? Playing regularly might give him the taste for it and give us a relationship with PSG.
Paul Birmingham
19 Posted 22/12/2018 at 19:36:28
I hope and believe this is journo media bull. Gana is the engine oil for this midfield and we have no similar all action player except James McCarthy, whom sadly has been cursed by injury.

Every player has his price and money talks. I don’t see this happening unless the player himself engages directly. Gana is a good genuine squad player and we need him more than ever.

I like Tom, but at this stage of the season and transition we need proven players.

I hope today is not an omen for this season.

Neil Wood
20 Posted 22/12/2018 at 21:59:35
£20 million and Edison Cavani please. Many thanks, Mr Moshiri.
Liam Reilly
21 Posted 22/12/2018 at 23:56:43
If there's any truth in this, which I doubt, it's because PSG have only £20M to spend, so this nonsense is a lazy way of looking at the best defensive midfielders outside of the top 6.

He's worth twice that and more.

Simon Smith
22 Posted 23/12/2018 at 11:46:44
Gana should not be sold unless super rich PSG make us an offer that we simply can't refuse.

Imo, Gana is a £40m player, he's one of the best about for winning the ball back for his team, he's doing it in the toughest league about, and he's done this season after season.

At £40m, we're getting his value, but we shouldn't be looking to sell him; if PSG want him they need to hit us with a £60m or £70m bid.

You may laugh and say he's not worth that money, I agree, but the fact is he's one if our better players and in order to prize teams better players away you pay top dollar.

Ask yourself what Spurs would demand for Kane?
A world record fee I'd suspect. Does that mean he's the best in the world? No it doesn't, but they will want heaven and earth to let him go. Look at Swansea, they took much more for Sigurdsson than his value, as did the shite from Barca for Courtinho, and Barca from PSG for Neymar.

Gana should be kept unless mega-rich PSG make it impossible to refuse them there bid.

Peter Jansson
23 Posted 23/12/2018 at 15:31:23
If psg want gana gueye they have not done their homework. It is not good enough beeing a good ballwinner if you want to be in a team aspiring to win the champions league.
Paul A Smith
24 Posted 23/12/2018 at 19:33:59
He cannot pass a ball and has the strength of a flyweight. Get rid and move on.
Drew O'Neall
25 Posted 23/12/2018 at 21:36:10
He’s the best ball winner statistically in the league by miles and has been for three straight years (I think).

Whether he can play 30 yarders or not is irrelevant.

Paul A Smith
26 Posted 23/12/2018 at 23:39:15
Drew @25. That's all well and good if he doesn't give it away so often. What does his great stat do for us when you look at how many we concede anyway?

Somebody better has to take his place; it's simple. I have no loyalty to any player now if they're not the answer.

The answer is a ball winner who can play an everyone should be a ball-winner anyway.

Adam Bradshaw
27 Posted 24/12/2018 at 07:37:10
Simon @22 is spot on, it really doesn't matter what Gueye is worth, it's what he's worth to us. I've felt for a number of years (since Moyes maybe) that no-one in our team actually knows how to tackle, they just shepherd players about but Gueye actually gets a foot in.

If he could pass, it'd be lovely... but I'd prefer Silva just told him to win the ball and concentrate on finding Sigurdsson or Gomes instead of doing it himself.

Martin Berry
28 Posted 24/12/2018 at 19:36:37
Every player has his price and if PSG are really interested and Everton can at least double their initial outlay then Gueye could well be gone.
Marcel Brands is a canny operator, he also stated that he wanted the average age of the squad to come down, Gueye is 29, in a few years she may be worth little, therefore we may let him go in the knowledge that he will be replaced by a younger version, but who ? that is the bigger question.
Si Cooper
29 Posted 25/12/2018 at 21:39:21
What's the situation with Beni Baningime? He's only had limited outings and has a lot to learn but, assuming his injury was a routine affair, he seemed to me like he had some of the same terrier like attributes of Gana, with a desire to always move the ball forward if possible to boot.

Gana isn't necessarily irreplaceable because he does have some flaws, but he would definitely need to be replaced by a player capable of maximum disruption for the opposition in the midfield. There ain't many of them available.

Sam Hoare
30 Posted 28/12/2018 at 21:14:18
We don't have many of the players who are the best at what they do in the league; don't have any of the top passers, or creators, or save makers, or goalscorers. We do have one of the best tacklers. And yet certain people have derided him for years.

He's one of our best players but at 29 if PSG want to pay £40m we can put towards a younger version (Doucore, Billings, Ndombele etc) then i'm sure Brands will listen. I suspect PSG will not pay what he's worth to us.

John Pierce
31 Posted 07/01/2019 at 17:38:33
Rumours resurfaced today. At 29 and for the reputed fee of £40M sounds like a decent deal.

Would that mean resurrection for Mo or JMac?

Or would be go all out for a replacement?

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