Gueye sold to PSG

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Idrissa Gueye's spell with Everton is over after he completed the formalities on a £29m move to Paris Saint-Germain.

The Senegal international travelled to France yesterday to undergo a medical and put the finishing touches on a four-year contract with an option to add a fifth year.

Gueye fulfils what he described as a dream move back in January when it was initially thwarted by the Toffees' desire to keep hold of him, getting an opportunity to win a domestic league title and compete in the Champions League as he approaches his 30th birthday.

Everton reluctantly agreed to sell Gueye this summer after just three years with the club, having purchased him from Aston Villa for a mere £7.1m in the summer of 2016 under Ronald Koeman and Steve Walsh.

The former Lille player was keen to join PSG in the last transfer window but was denied the move when the French club failed to meet the Blues' valuation. Rather than sulk, Gueye's form reached new heights over the remainder of the 2018-19 campaign, underlining his importance to Marco Silva's team.

Given the player's desire to move to PSG and with his advancing years and the need to rebuild the midfield in mind, Everton have now accented to a deal and will be looking to sign a replacement before the transfer deadline in 10 days' time.

Gueye posted a farewell message to Everton fans after the deal was announced, thanking them for their support:

To The Blues

Thank YOU! Since my arrival I have felt at home at this club. You have welcomed me and my family with open arms. Everton FC gave me the opportunity to continue in the Premier League and the last three years I have had some amazing experiences which I will cherish forever.

I am grateful to have had the love and support of you all throughout this journey and I must say no matter the weather or performances, the support was always there.

As you know, I am about to start a new journey, a journey that I have dreamed about since a kid and when this opportunity presented itself, I couldn't turn it down.

To my teammates and coaches, I will miss you and I will continue to support you.

Everton… we are family and will continue to be and for me Merseyside will always be BLUE #COYB

Love,

Idrissa Gana Gueye

 

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Brent Stephens
1 Posted 30/07/2019 at 09:52:42
£28m seems so little these days. Sad to see him go.
Michael Burke
2 Posted 30/07/2019 at 09:55:40
I have always admired his engine and tenacity. The one thing I was most impressed with was the improvements he was making with his distribution towards the end of the season. He will be missed. If a player has their mind set on leaving, they have to go unfortunately.
Steve Ferns
3 Posted 30/07/2019 at 09:58:03
He will be missed on and off the pitch. What he does cannot be replaced. However, if we change the tactics slightly, we could be stronger as a team without him. I hope he shines at PSG and remembers his time here fondly.
Kenny Smith
4 Posted 30/07/2019 at 09:59:42
Gutted. Good luck to him though. Hopefully the likes of Tom Davies can step up and start putting a foot in. We’re gonna need him to now.
Not sure who we can get other than Dacoure at Watford who’s proven in the premier league to come in.
Dave White
5 Posted 30/07/2019 at 10:00:04
Knew it was coming but seeing it in black and white is really depressing. I wish him all the best. Let’s hope we can aspire to a level where players like Gana don’t want to leave us. I agree that £28m doesn’t feel like enough, he’s going to leave a very big gap
Gerard Carey
6 Posted 30/07/2019 at 10:01:09
Seems so little in this day and age. Can we get a replacement with his abilities for similar money?I doubt it. Delph is probably his replacement.
Steve Ferns
7 Posted 30/07/2019 at 10:03:09
He's written a nice goodbye on social media. His dream to play for PSG so couldn't turn it down and says he will always be a blue and sees himself as one of the family and thanks the fans for supporting the team no matter what. Classy from a classy guy.
James Marshall
8 Posted 30/07/2019 at 10:03:42
We couldn't really deny him the opportunity to go and play for PSG, in the CL with all the razzmatazz & all that. It'll be a far cry from life at Everton so good luck to him.

The fee does feel a bit low, I agree.

Brian Williams
9 Posted 30/07/2019 at 10:06:16
Friggin' Talkshite are reporting the fee to be around £23m ffs. I really hope not!
Shaun Laycock
10 Posted 30/07/2019 at 10:06:43
Will be missed but we move on. This is the modern game now; don't get too attached. If M & M can deliver a Dutch type model here, I will be happy.
James Marshall
11 Posted 30/07/2019 at 10:06:50
On the flipside, it feels as though some of these transfers are beginning to happen now. Gana, Harry Maguire, Moise Kean (maybe), Pepe etc. The old domino effect.
James Hughes
12 Posted 30/07/2019 at 10:07:50
Lets hope Brands has a good replacement lined up and can make us stronger. I wish Gueye all the best and wish we can meet him again in the CL in a couple of seasons time.
Tony Everan
13 Posted 30/07/2019 at 10:08:19
I think Gana was promised this in January. He will be missed.

It doesn't distract from the fact that we needed to have a replacement signed up or provisionally signed before we let him go. I hope Mr Brands has already got someone coming in. Looks like Gbamin or Lemina.

Whoever it is they have a big boots to fill and deserve support. If they give 100% week in week out like Gana they will get all the support they need.

Barry Connor
14 Posted 30/07/2019 at 10:11:07
What's the latest word on a replacement ?
Always seems like when we buy, we have to wait for the selling club to get in a replacement but it seldom seems to happen the other way around - Gueye and Lukaku spring to mind.
Jer Kiernan
15 Posted 30/07/2019 at 10:11:14
Big loss to our team, was odd that only 2 days ago Silva was saying "wait and see" regards Gana ??

We will need to see some sexy transfers INBOUND before transfer window ends to make this anything other than a washout for me

Starting to feel we are in same position as under BKs rule where every time we get close to Top 6 we sell our best and keep our worst

Will judge at windows end

Tony Abrahams
16 Posted 30/07/2019 at 10:13:35
Good luck Gana, you deserve your chance to play at the highest level, and I’m not sure many Evertonians won’t wish you the best of luck playing in the champions Lge.

Did he get better because of Silva, or did he really improve because of the confidence gained by knowing one of the richest clubs in the world wanted to sign him?

Hopefully it was a combination of both, and hopefully we can become a more disciplined team in the future, which I think is what Steve is trying to say@3.

Fran Mitchell
17 Posted 30/07/2019 at 10:13:44
Far too cheap, absurd.
Andrew Ellams
18 Posted 30/07/2019 at 10:17:53
Although I still believe that the new players will come in, Marcel Brands pretty much has 9 days to save Marco Silva's job. If we start the season minus Zouma, Gana or replacements and no new striker we are on the back foot from the off. Will Richarlison even be ready for the off? We have 1 friendly to go and he hasn't even kicked a ball in preseason yet.
Derek Knox
19 Posted 30/07/2019 at 10:18:38
Brian, that's why they call it Talkshite! :-)

Like previous posters above sorry to see him go, but it was inevitable really once he had declared it was his dream move. Although I do admire the lad after saying it before the January window, and the move not happening, he still played his heart out for us, most players would have sulked and just gone through the motions.

Also agree with Steve ferns post @3, I think we could be stronger with a change of tactics, Gana was relied on too much as a safety net and most attacks seemed too slow.

Anyway, I do wish him all the best, and thank him for the service he has given us over the years.

Adam Scott
20 Posted 30/07/2019 at 10:20:45
Fee is fair really for a 30 year old player I think.

Gana deserves a chance to move on with his career, especially given the way he’s conducted himself in January.

Reality is, after the mindless spending of the pre brands days, taking that sort of fee for a 30 year old is inevitable. If we can reinvest and get s younger player at a cost neutral figure, it has to be done.

Hugh Jenkins
21 Posted 30/07/2019 at 10:21:22
I hope that Silva's "wait and see" meant that this move was predicated on us being able to sign one of our replacement targets and that Brands has now OK'd the transfer because the replacement is lined up ready to sign - unless, of course, as others have said, Delph is the replacement, or we are going to change the style and formation of the team for the coming season?
Gary Carter
22 Posted 30/07/2019 at 10:26:22
The really frightening thing about this transfer window is that as far back as December, nearly 8 months ago, Silva and Brands proclaimed that they already knew their transfer targets for this window and that there were a number of options they were considering for each position !! This sort of makes the lack of movement totally absurd and embarrassing !
Adam Scott
23 Posted 30/07/2019 at 10:37:24
Gary.

I think the sort of player Everton want though are going to bide their time. We are not in Europe, not in London. we aren’t a city who call up Atletico and are the pinnacle of rodri’s ambitions. The only way Everton can get quick deals done are for players who Everton is the pinnacle of their career ambition (Lossl) or players whose link with Everton makes them a choice they want to make above others (Gomes)

Identifying and actually seeing through transfers are two separate things.

Neil Wood
24 Posted 30/07/2019 at 10:38:33
I'm very sure that as a multi million pound business... there are transfers already in place and lined up. We haven't just sold someone without considering replacement/s.

The amount of negativity on here really needs addressing and whilst I absolutely love debate... suggestions that a multi million pound organisation would not have these areas covered is bordering on ridiculous.

Brian Hennessy
25 Posted 30/07/2019 at 10:39:13
Any fee below £35 million for Gana is daylight robbery.

I have no problem with him wanted to go and he has conducted himself brilliantly since the interest started from PSG. It probably was agreed in December that if he still wanted to go in the summer then we would't stand in his way - but this should always have been dependent on PSG meeting the fee that Everton are happy with.

£25 Million in today's market (if that what he went for) is very low

Sean Patton
26 Posted 30/07/2019 at 10:41:06
28M from one of the richest clubs in the world for a player with four years left on his contract, we have been absolutely rinsed.

I bet his replacement will cost more which makes no sense at all.

Phil Greenough
27 Posted 30/07/2019 at 10:42:39
Gary, they may have known their targets back in January, do you really think it's a good idea to tell all and sundry what they are? Also, their targets may not be available or too expensive, this doesn't make their plans absurd or embarrassing.
Alex Carew
28 Posted 30/07/2019 at 10:43:06
Can’t help but feel robbed here, £28m is a steal for an international player of his quality, even though he is 30 he still has at least 5 years left as a great player. You can buy nothing with £28m these days. I hope they know what they are doing because if some of the deals possibly in the pipeline don’t come off then we are in for a really tough season.
Pat Kelly
29 Posted 30/07/2019 at 10:47:13
He served the Club well till the end. Will go down as one of our all time favourites. We haven't got anyone in the squad capable of replacing him so let's hope we sign someone who can match his energy and tenacity.
Phil Sammon
30 Posted 30/07/2019 at 10:48:34
Neil Wood 24

Have you been an Everton fan long, mate?

In all seriousness, Gana will be missed. I’m gutted he’s going but can’t help feeling (possibly misplaced) pride in him. He’s gone about this absolutely the right way and I wish him all the best.

Lee Jamieson
31 Posted 30/07/2019 at 10:49:01
Can see a bargain player from PSG heading our way. That fee is £10 mil undervalue but, if we get a bargain from them, it would be in both clubs interests in regard to Fifa rules.
James Marshall
32 Posted 30/07/2019 at 10:53:50
I think part of the reason the deal was done at that price was that Gana was well known to want the move. It was no secret he would have left in January had he been allowed. PSG knew this, Everton knew this, and rather than cause a problem they let him go for what seems to amount to about £30m.

We only paid £7m for him and to put things into perspective, N'Golo Kante was sold to Chelsea for £32m.

John Graham
33 Posted 30/07/2019 at 10:55:12
Nice piece from him on Twitter.
Time to move on.
Good luck Idrissa, hope you win the champions league with them.
Now hopefully some news soon on incoming transfers.
Brian Hennessy
34 Posted 30/07/2019 at 10:55:31
You could be right Lee. Neymar spotted at John Lennon Airport this morning and his hairdresser just started following Everton on Instagram.
John Nugent
35 Posted 30/07/2019 at 10:56:46
What a class act. It’s probable that in January we came to an understanding with Gueye. He certainly gave us his all in the second part of the season. Surly we can’t blame the bloke. Imagine him asking his Mrs. “ OK you can shop on the Champs-Elysees or Lord Street. It’s up to you “.
A great loss but come on M&M. Give us something to be happy about.
Mal van Schaick
36 Posted 30/07/2019 at 10:57:30
It was his dream for a long time to play for PSG. I wish him success and thanks for his service. His open letter to the fans speaks volumes of his character. He was a true grafter for us.
Christopher Timmins
37 Posted 30/07/2019 at 10:59:20
A great servant to the Club, he did not sulk when the move did not happen during the last window, indeed his performances improved towards the back end of the season. Koeman's best purchase by a mile. The very best of luck to the guy!
Denis Richardson
38 Posted 30/07/2019 at 10:59:54
Good luck to him and no hard feelings. Gave us three decent years and we made a £20m odd profit.

He’ll be gutted to be playing with the likes of Mbappe and Cavani upfront as opposed to Tosun and DCL

John Audsley
39 Posted 30/07/2019 at 11:02:45
He will be missed.

They have known he is definitely leaving for months so surely his replacement is identified unless it is Tom.

If it isn't Tom Davies I struggle to see where he fits in the side this year.

Good luck Gana, you worked yourself into the ground for us mate and its appreciated sir.

Denis Richardson
40 Posted 30/07/2019 at 11:04:05
Neil 24 - did you write that tongue in cheek?

We still haven’t replaced Lukaku 2 years since we sold him and had to endure Neville and Heitinga as our central midfield maestros going further back. There are countless examples of us not having adequate cover for certain parts of the pitch.

We don’t even have a spare RB at the moment.

Kunal Desai
41 Posted 30/07/2019 at 11:05:20
Goodluck and all the best at PSG Idrissa.
Hope you fulfill your dreams and ambition and win some silverware.
John Hammond
42 Posted 30/07/2019 at 11:07:47
Wishing him nothing but the best. I thought we would've eeked a few more mil out of them.

Is his sale now going to set the ball rolling for players to come in? This week is going to be critical for us. No doubt we'll be signing a couple of players on deadline day as usual.

Pete Baker
43 Posted 30/07/2019 at 11:10:10
What a great player and signing he was for us, sad to see him go but can understand him wanting this move!

Praying reports of Lemina are not true. do we really want someone not considered a full time first teamer who Southampton are happy to let go!

Eric Paul
44 Posted 30/07/2019 at 11:12:26
Didn’t we get Gomes for £22m with the same process of the player saying it’s the only move he wants. Regarding getting our targets in early would mean paying top price for them and if all clubs did this sky would lose the deadline day drama which is part of the big money they pay.
Dean Johnson
45 Posted 30/07/2019 at 11:20:03
Boo. All the best Gana, we'll really miss you
Colin Glassar
46 Posted 30/07/2019 at 11:21:33
Au revoir Gana, Merci pour tout(?) That’s about the limit of my 3rd year French. Good luck lad.
Brent Stephens
47 Posted 30/07/2019 at 11:25:26
Colin - mange tout as Delboy would say. Mange tout.
John Kavanagh
48 Posted 30/07/2019 at 11:25:58
Before anyone gets carried away by the low fee, remember there are three different fees - the ones quoted in the media, the one sent to HMRC for tax purposes and the amount actually paid, including agents' backhanders.

Gana has been a good servant to the club and deserves his big chance to play in the Champions League, which we are years off delivering.

As a true professional he will be difficult to replace.

I wish him well.

Friendly v PSG next season in Paris please. I'll go in my yellow training vest.


Sean Callaghan
49 Posted 30/07/2019 at 11:28:28
Good grief. Has it really only been three years? It seems like he's been a mainstay for so much longer. Am truly sorry to see this classy little fella move on to pastures new. Hopefully will return one day in an ambassadorial role a la Stevie P. Best wishes Gana
Mark Frere
50 Posted 30/07/2019 at 11:28:45
Ridiculously too cheep... especially when the buying club is PSG, who
are responsible for making the transfer market so inflated by buying the overrated Neymar for £200 million! They also spent £50 million on David Luiz when £50 million was helluva lot more than today's market. We've had our pants pulled down with this deal! I don't begrudge Gana his dream move... but I expect PSG to pay a premium as seen as they've spoilt the transfer market for the rest of the club's around the globe.
John McGimpsey
51 Posted 30/07/2019 at 11:38:05
Players come and go, good luck to him. Anyone thinking Davies can step up is deluded.
Steve Brown
52 Posted 30/07/2019 at 11:38:37
£29 million for Gueye and £22 million for Lookman. Knew EITC was a charitable foundation but didn’t realise the whole club was.
Steve Brown
53 Posted 30/07/2019 at 11:40:32
No need to worry though, we have Schneiderlin and Walcott on £240k a week to step in. Phew!
Phil Martin
54 Posted 30/07/2019 at 11:40:59
A touch of class from EFC, the gentleman's club. Selling our best player over the last few years on the cheap, so he can fulfil his dreams at the world's richest club.
Andrew Ellams
55 Posted 30/07/2019 at 11:42:26
There are some real small club mentality posts here. Wishing him the best as he furthers his ambitions at a bigger club. It sounds like a league 2 player that's got his dream move to premier league club not a player from a club that claims to have serious ambitions about making it into the champions league selling a player to a club who are basically chanpions league also rans.
Benjamin Dyke
56 Posted 30/07/2019 at 11:42:52
I agree with all the above but to make us feel better, he was shite at shooting, his goals record was terrible, his long passing was limited and he was not very creative...or am I clutching at straws...
Colin Glassar
57 Posted 30/07/2019 at 11:50:19
Benjamin, I was just about to post the same. He was brilliant breaking up play, tackling, covering every blade of grass etc... but his distribution, shooting, creating was average to say the least. He was no Makalele or Kante.

£30m for a limited 30 year old isn’t great but it’s the only offer we got for him and he was determined to leave. Good luck to him.

Brent, I hope I didn’t say anything rude in the old francais.

Phil Martin
58 Posted 30/07/2019 at 11:53:23
That limited 30 year old is 29, and was our most consistent player.
Brian Harrison
59 Posted 30/07/2019 at 11:56:38
Well he will be sadly missed, stats say he was the best tackler in the Premier league last season. Doesnt look like our centre back from last season is coming either. So 2 ever presents sold but we still find time to give Mirallas game time at right back having loaned out JJ utterly confusing.

Despite getting Gomes to sign a permanent deal and signing Delph, looks like the squad at present is weaker than it ended last season. Still no centre forward signed and the only rumour about one is Kean a 19 year old from Juventus, to replace 21 year old DCL. With Tosun and Niasse as back up. This doesnt much look like a side who can compete for a top 6 place.

As I said on another thread we pay Harrods prices for Lidl quality.
Time is running out Marcel and Marco, your claim at the end of the season to have had your targets lined up looks like fantasy to me.

Dave Williams
60 Posted 30/07/2019 at 11:56:56
Looks like I am in the minority in thinking it is a decent fee. He has no resale value to PSG and is a player who became better as we anticipated losing him. So many posters last season pointed out his poor passing, terrible shooting, how he slowed up our play etc. He is a good player but not great and never will be. Yes he needs replacing but I agree with those who say we can make ourselves better with the right replacement who in my view needs to be much more powerful with decent passing ability.
I also think Lookman fee was good for a player who has still not shown that he can be competitive in the first team. The challenge now is to spend well and not be ripped off for the likes of Zaha.
I trust Brands.
Tom Bowers
61 Posted 30/07/2019 at 12:04:36
Dave Williams I agree with you.
Gana was a very busy player but football is still big business and the fee was excellent for a player of his age and capability.
Let's move on and see what can be done to improve this team offensively which is the biggest weakness at the moment.
Peter Hopkins
62 Posted 30/07/2019 at 12:05:11
Disappointed to see him go,good player but limited,maybe now we might get an actual holding midfielder at not a tackle any that moves midfielder
William Gall
63 Posted 30/07/2019 at 12:10:23
Regardless of some of the comments of supporters highlighting his weaknesses Everton will show their ambitions in the player they sign to replace him. Gueye was a top player in the position he was asked to play in, and that was breaking up the oppositions attacks. Best of luck to him.. Transfer Fees reflect on demand and it seems that only P.S.G. are the only club after him, and that reflects on the fee paid for him.
Scott Hall
64 Posted 30/07/2019 at 12:11:09
Wow. The difference in class and dignity from a player like Gana when compared to Lukaku.
I wish him all the very best at PSG. In particular, I hope he gets to be part of a PSG team that puts Liverpool to the sword during the Champions League.
Good luck Gana!
Dave Abrahams
65 Posted 30/07/2019 at 12:12:31
Dave (60), I think quite a few Everton fans would agree with you regarding the fee we received for Gana considering his age and ability.

He was a good tireless player and I appreciated him, but let’s be honest, he had poor spells, like most players, during his three seasons here and he is not irreplaceable, wish him well but look forward to his replacement.

Martin Berry
66 Posted 30/07/2019 at 12:13:56
As previously posted, I expected this move.
The player always gave 100% and chased down everything and I wish him well at PSG.
On saying that, there are other younger talented midfielders about who may initially come with the doubts that Gueye had when he first signed but we will be ok.
A player who is 29 and 29m fee for an original 7m signing is good business and I am interested like the rest to see who comes in now.
James Marshall
69 Posted 30/07/2019 at 12:19:16
As I've already said on here, Kante was sold to Chelsea for £32m.

£30m for Gana is fine.

Now, let's talk about Moise Kean..

Paul Burns
70 Posted 30/07/2019 at 12:22:12
Just click your fingers and we'll gladly let you have our best players for shit money.
Still, the fee can go towards our campaign to make crystal palace the world's richest club by paying silly money for their garbage.
How hard did we try to keep Gueye, I thought we were trying to build a team?
M Wilson
71 Posted 30/07/2019 at 12:23:14
I can’t understand why we only got 28/29 million for him in today’s current market.

I’m getting a bit worried now as we have sold one of our better players and only brought in Delph who is not a like for like replacement for Gana.

Unless there’s things going on behind the scenes and Brands has new signings sorted then we are starting off the season weaker than we finished last season.

We need to get a striker in ASAP who can score at least 15 goals a season and a centre back as Zouma is not coming

Carl Rutherford
72 Posted 30/07/2019 at 12:28:46
Can't blame the player for his desire to move and can't blame the club for not wanting to stand in his way. It's just a case of trying to extract as high a fee as we could get. I think the fact we only paid £7m for him limited the fee. I think a 300% profit over 3 years for someone who has now reached 30 is probably about as much as we could expect.
Dan Nulty
73 Posted 30/07/2019 at 12:30:14
Kean deal done by all accounts in Italy. Expect him at Everton for a medical tomorrow.

Gana gave his all, we have made tidy profit and probably the only good bit of business done by Walsh.

Personally believe Delph was bought as a ready made replacement. Kean now in, Centre back is largest priority for me along with right back cover.

Surprised they let Kenny go unless they were thinking Delph could fill in at right back and were expecting Gana to stay...

Phil Martin
74 Posted 30/07/2019 at 12:32:03
Some of you guys would've applauded the sale of Alan Ball to Arsenal. "Good business", "we've had a few good years out of him" etc...
Teddy Draper
75 Posted 30/07/2019 at 12:38:43
OH DEAR!!!!! Sold another of the only one or maybe two class (decent) players left. A few seasons ago, it was Stones, then etc, etc, etc... where do we, I should say, this club go from here?

I am 83 and in all my time following my beloved Blues the decline and lack of ambition has never been so apparent, except when we sold one of the greatest players this club or any other has ever had, you all know who, Alan Ball of course. I stopped going a few years back now (age and lack of funds) but I don't think I could sit through some of the garbage I watch on TV – the constant back and side passing, mostly to the opposition...: oh yes, I'm still talking about the blues.

If you guys are honest you cannot argue because facts don't lie, a club without ambition, a laughable board and a manager who came from Watford (after being SACKED!!!!) I'm sorry, gents, but I don't know if I should laugh or cry.

May I add this is not in any way written with any criticisms of the magnificent supporters who follow this club, this Everton, my passion.

Andrew Laird
76 Posted 30/07/2019 at 12:42:46
Not my favourite player but an absolute class act. After PSG came calling in January he didn’t sulk at all he took his overall game to another level, something I didn’t think he had in him so I’m rather sad to see him go now as he began to be our most consistent performer.

I don’t think we will see a similar player come in and hopefully our team can evolve without Gana, I wish him well.

Mark Frere
77 Posted 30/07/2019 at 12:45:45
James @69, the market value of players is much higher now than it was 3 years ago when Chelsea bought Kante. If Chelsea were to buy a 25 year old Kante in this current market he'd cost upwards of £60 million.

For those of you who are saying Gana is a limited footballer: he's not in the team for making defence splitting passes, dribbling past players, scoring goals etc. His job is to break up play, tackle and cover ground and he's one of the best players in Europe at doing this, hence the reason why one of the best club's in Europe (PSG) have just signed him.

Gana has always looked like a top athlete to me (not like Wayne Rooney at the same age) and I think PSG will get 5 good years out of him at the top level. Trust me, £28 million is way too cheap!

Michael Burke
78 Posted 30/07/2019 at 12:51:03
For those complaining about the £30m fee. Would you be happy if we signed a 30 year old for that price with no re-sale value? I would very much doubt it given the threads I've been reading during the transfer window.
James Marshall
79 Posted 30/07/2019 at 12:52:52
Mark@77

Kante at 25? Huh? Gana is 30 in September.

Anyway, this is all spilt milk. I'm more interested in us signing Moise Kean!

Craig Walker
80 Posted 30/07/2019 at 12:54:33
I liked Gana and thought it was Walsh's best bit of business. I don't think he's irreplaceable though and I reckon there are better options out there. Would like to see a genuine leader in the centre of the park who can win the ball back but be more creative. I don't know who that player as my knowledge of other leagues is limited. At least Brands and Silva identified their targets months ago and as a result, we won't be doing our business on the last day of the season again. Oh... wait a minute.
Jack Convery
81 Posted 30/07/2019 at 12:55:38
Classy human being now living his dream. Lets hope one day we sign players whose dream is to play for EFC it was once a long long time ago. The next week is going to be very interesting and if it isn't .
Derek Knox
82 Posted 30/07/2019 at 12:56:28
Good and very valid point Michael Burke, I think as I said before we will have to adapt to a system of play without Gana, and maybe we were too dependent on him being the safety net in midfield, which did slow down attacks, not his fault I know, but out of necessity springs invention.

Still confident of quality players arriving in the next few days!

Annika Herbert
83 Posted 30/07/2019 at 12:56:38
No way was Delph bought as a ready made replacement. He is not anywhere near the level of Gueye in the defensive side of things
Derek Taylor
84 Posted 30/07/2019 at 13:04:32
Madness. When did we last NOT sell our best player ?
Mark Frere
85 Posted 30/07/2019 at 13:05:50
It's quite simple, James. Kante was 25 years old when he signed for Chelsea and what I was saying was, if Chelsea were to buy him from Leicester in the year 2019 (now) they would be demanding upwards of £60 million. For example, they're demanding £80 million for Maguire.

Look, I'm not saying we should be demanding over £60 million for a 29 year old Gana... but £40 million would be appropriate for a player at his age, who is one of the best in Europe at what he does.

David Milner
86 Posted 30/07/2019 at 13:07:18
Good luck for the future Gana, you have been great for us. Obviously you were promised a move for the summer after the January nonsense if PSG met our price & you knuckled down & proved our best player for the second part of the season. You deserve it.
Steve Brown
87 Posted 30/07/2019 at 13:11:36
Michael @ 78, I hope Barcelona apply the same logic to 33 year old Lionel. Age has nothing to do with it, performance has. He will be playing in the CL for the next 4 years with one of the top 6 clubs in Europe. All for the price of Tyrone Mings.
James Stewart
88 Posted 30/07/2019 at 13:15:04
However way you dress it up that fee received is poor.
Ian Jones
89 Posted 30/07/2019 at 13:16:19
So, with Gueye gone, what about Beni Baningime. He impressed when he came through with David Unsworth, started well with Allardyce then has disappeared off the scene. He had an injury at the start of last seadon and a waste of time loan at Wigan but I always thought he was a player somewhere between Schneiderlin and Gueye.
John Graham
90 Posted 30/07/2019 at 13:20:19
Kean is on his way.
Few more like that now please
Fran Mitchell
91 Posted 30/07/2019 at 13:20:36
"Sell on value" has to be one of the most irritating phrases.

And yes, it can be applied to some players, but should not be the rule that dictates our thoughts.

Gueye has been our best player since the moment he first stepped on the pitch in our shirt.

He is a rare talent, hence why PSG wanted him, he could be the difference to them winning the Champions League or going out once again in the quarters. And they got him for the price of Tyrone Mings.

When Coutinho wanted out, Liverpool said ok, but they have to stump up the money and got 115million.

Gueye wanted out and PSG dictated the terms. Pathetic imo.

Gueye has at least 4 more years at the top, maybe more, his fitness levels are akin to a marathon runner, so PSG are getting him for what? 7 million a season. At least.

And what will get? Lemina? Ffs

Michael Burke
92 Posted 30/07/2019 at 13:22:46
Steve @87, agreed. Age has nothing to do with it. I have long held this view. Players look after themselves well and can play well into their 30s. Many posters on TW have issues with Everton paying for players close to 30 with no re-sale value. That was the crux of my post.
Dan Brierley
93 Posted 30/07/2019 at 13:29:28
Good luck to him. 10/10 for effort, the guy was an absolute beast in his enthusiasm to try and win the ball back. He protected our back 4 during a few seasons where we deseprately needed it. But this is where we now need to consider the future, and how we want to play football. We don't have a centre half who is comfortable to carry the ball forward. This has caused a lot of problems with Gueye in front of them, as he also doesnt have the skill of turning defense into attack. We really struggled with an opposition with a high line and pressing game last year.

I'd say now that our defense is far more solid, we should be able to compromise with someone having slightly lower tackling stats but more capabilities for forward runs/passes. Someone that can start counter attacks with vision immediately after gaining possession. Players like Gueye or McCarthy that win the ball and deliver 5 yard sideways passes when the opposition has committed players forward, seems like such a wasted opportunity.

Regarding the fee, signing a player for 7 million and selling for 4 times that 3 years later, after the player has indicated that they want to leave is a great bit of business. We already rejected 2 bids from PSG, so its not like we have rolled over and died. Can't get my head around people that think he is worth more than that, especially considering we bought Gomes in for 22m?

Jay Wood
[BRZ]

94 Posted 30/07/2019 at 13:32:43
And still people trot out his supposed limitations and alleged poor passing (far from the truth) rather than flag up his biggest assets which were absolutely key for Silva in his first year as manager.

Nor can I subscribe to the sangfroid attitude of some "oh well, we shouldn't block him from his dream move".

Why not?

He had three years to run on his contract which he willingly signed just 12 months ago. His form didn't dip in January when denied the move. It got better. Not a man to sulk and down tools, then.

Unlike so many more players we would like to get off the books but can't due to their high wages and long contracts, we were in a strong bargaining position when mega-bucks PSG came calling and yet we appear to have been meek and compliant in letting Gueye go without a fight for - in this market - a very modest fee.

I can only hope that behind the scenes Brands has got an exciting replacement lined up. Doesn't have to be a like-for-like for Gana, simply because there are very few players capable of doing what he did game after game after game.

Whoever it is will have to learn on the job which potentially could compromise the expected points return to a very, VERY benevolent opening fixture list in the first couple of months of the new season.

Gutted.

Aidan Wade
95 Posted 30/07/2019 at 13:32:51
Top player. It felt like there were two of them on the pitch at times. For an opposition player it must have felt like being tackled by a hungry pack of terriers.

Thank you, so long, good luck and come back if Neymar wrecks your head.

Fran Mitchell
96 Posted 30/07/2019 at 13:47:23
Dan: Barça didn't want Gomes, he was 'dead wood' in their eyes.

Gueye was our best player.

Gueye was also much more capable than he is given credit. We was a tackling machine, and that is all over the pitch, not just in front of the back 4, meaning he won the ball back in attacking positions.

He was also very athletic and could charge forward with the ball. Yeah, his shooting was a bit limited like, but it weren't we'd be talking about one of the best players of his generation.

Fact is, he was for
3 years our best player and we have sold him, and now we will have to sign a midfielder to replace him which is not easy.

Francis van Lierop
97 Posted 30/07/2019 at 13:57:02
Like most of us, sad to see him go.
The price seems (too) low, but who knows what add-ons MB may have gotten in.
Say 5m. for winning the Champions League, we all know of PSG's obsession.

I wonder if he'll be firing on all cylinders next season, after our season, playing the AFCON in the Egyptian heat. Knowing Gana, he'll take in in his stride. I'll guess he'll be rested in the relative easy Ligue 1 matches, to do what he's been bought for, in the Champions League games.

It must be a joy to play alongside a player who puts in a shift, and nearly always with a smile on his face.

Bon chance Gana!

Jim Wilson
98 Posted 30/07/2019 at 14:06:13
Cracking price for PSG. Unbelievable!
Mike Gaynes
99 Posted 30/07/2019 at 14:07:32
Just waking up to this news... knew it was coming, of course, but still saddened.

All the best to a fine man and a fine player... looking forward to seeing him realize his Parisian and CL dreams.

Duncan McDine
100 Posted 30/07/2019 at 14:26:01
Good player, but he was no Mark Pembridge. He will surely realise his dream of winning a ‘nothing’ league by 20 clear points and reaching a CL quarter-final. Time for us to move on and see who we replace him with.
Dale Rose
101 Posted 30/07/2019 at 14:28:35
All the best to him and his family. Top player and top bloke.
James Flynn
102 Posted 30/07/2019 at 14:41:42
PSG just got better. Not in their joke of a league. Didn't need Gana for that.

Be interesting to see how adding this unselfish, tackling machine to their mid-field will improve them against the big boys in the CL.

And we got the price Brands could negotiate for a 30-year old who wanted to leave. I don't wish Gana anything but the best, but let's see what happens when his all-action hammys or groin, or achilles decides enough is enough.

James Flynn
103 Posted 30/07/2019 at 14:41:42
PSG just got better. Not in their joke of a league. Didn't need Gana for that.

Be interesting to see how adding this unselfish, tackling machine to their mid-field will improve them against the big boys in the CL.

Frank Sheppard
104 Posted 30/07/2019 at 14:49:48
Good Luck to him, he deserves CL opportunity. I can’t recall him having a bad game for us, or ever “going missing” for a game or two. A big loss, but not unexpected.
Jamie Crowley
105 Posted 30/07/2019 at 14:55:45
The embodiment of what a professional footballer should be.

Didn't get his move in the Spring. Didn't sulk. Didn't pitch his toys out of the ol' pram. Just put his head down, worked hard for the team, and never, ever complained.

The man conducted himself as well as any professional I've seen.

He was a joy to watch ply his trade.

I will miss Gana Gueye. The likes of him don't come around too often.

Class.

Bobby Mallon
106 Posted 30/07/2019 at 15:17:55
Stop bloody whining about him being sold. Another who wanted to go. Those saying he was our best player for last few seasons I’d say rubbish he played very very well for last six months but before that those whining where most likely saying how crap his passing was and so on. Get a grip we have midfielders who need to earn their crust
Dave Pritchard
107 Posted 30/07/2019 at 15:26:37
The reporting of fees is ridiculous from websites and Sky etc. If you read about a transfer the fees can vary from say 25 million to 40 million. I know there are add ons etc but there should really be some way for fans to be told the facts. Same as when fees are not even announced at all. Maybe that is not really different to just picking a number at random.
Steve Ferns
108 Posted 30/07/2019 at 15:34:42
Dave, the figure I saw was €32m which works out at about £29-30m on the current exchange rate.
Si Smith
109 Posted 30/07/2019 at 15:39:24
Real shame, but the guy gave us nothing less than 100% every time he was on the pitch.

Gutted but goes with my blessing.

Jay Harris
110 Posted 30/07/2019 at 15:49:27
According to Leon Osman this deal was done in January which is what we all suspected.

I do believe this is an Eitc type deal where we try to appease players and not get tough and demand they see out their contracts.

For all those deriding Gana with his tireless running and best ratio of tackling success in Europe lets see how much you like Lemina as his replacement.

IMO PSG have had our pants down for 28m should have been at least 40 which is about the minimum for any quality player right now irrespective of age.

Au revoir, merci et Bon chance Gana.

John McFarlane Snr
111 Posted 30/07/2019 at 16:16:50
Hi all, I'm a great admirer of Idrissa Gana Gueye, and players of his style and commitment. I wish him all the best in his career, but I think that many poster's are remembering only his good performances, but like any player he had poor games, to his credit he always gave his all for his team-mates and his club.

To those wringing their hands in anguish, I would ask, "Did Everton wrap up when they parted company with Jimmy Gabriel, Alan Ball, similar warriors; and in different circumstances, Tony Kay?" The answer is a resounding No! In my view, no player is irreplaceable, although, they maybe difficult to replace.

The phrase 'The King is dead, long live the King' springs to mind.

Craig Walker
112 Posted 30/07/2019 at 16:35:22
It's a sad state of affairs when we praise a professional footballer for giving his all and not sulking because he wanted to jump ship at Christmas. Let's not forget that during this period he has been earning tens of thousands per week. All of us would play for EFC for free and deem it a great honour. I wish him well and think he was a good player for us but let's not put him on some pedestal. I've got more time for someone like Jagielka who turned down moves to the likes of Arsenal and played for us during his best years.
Ian Pilkington
113 Posted 30/07/2019 at 16:38:27
A major bearing on the miserly transfer fee has to be the Premiership foolishly continuing with the mid-August transfer window closure without the other major leagues following suit.
We had to get the deal done in time to sign a replacement before the PL deadline, with PSG infuriatingly still in a position to haggle over the fee
for another fortnight.
In the meantime we lose a key player to a club that makes a mockery of UEFA’s fair play rules.


Kevin Dyer
114 Posted 30/07/2019 at 17:22:40
Good luck to him. Our best player in the 3 seasons we had him. Even looked decent when the rest of the team were awful. When a player really wants to go you've got to make the best of it. We try and squeeze every penny out of PSG and they say "forget it" then we have a demoralised player and look small-time into the bargain.

£29m given the circumstances, for a player closing in on 30 is a fair price. I think Gbamin will cost approximately the same so that's fine by me.

I think Gana's improvement in his passing towards the end of last season was down to Silva. He needs all our players to be comfortable in possession. In that sense Gana wasn't ideal but he raised his game. The replacement will have those attributes in place before he gets here, is my thinking.

Gary Jones
115 Posted 30/07/2019 at 17:24:43
Baptiste Santamarie possible signing very similar player to Ghana
Gets stuck in.
Jerome Shields
116 Posted 30/07/2019 at 17:30:26
Good luck to Gueye , hope it works out. Was a great player for the club. The fee was probably the best we could get and the increase in wages Everton where not willing to pay. Credit to him for the way he played after the initial bid was rejected.
Dave Ganley
117 Posted 30/07/2019 at 17:54:31
Well said John #112, as much as I loved watching Gana play, no one is irreplaceable and we will move on. Good luck to him in his move, he goes with my best wishes
Peter Gorman
118 Posted 30/07/2019 at 17:56:21
Au revoir sweet angel.
Don Alexander
119 Posted 30/07/2019 at 18:02:03
He's one player whose commitment was consistently evident to me (as every player's should be though) but we've had and need better to progress. I've gripes re the fee either and I wish him well.
Ray Roche
120 Posted 30/07/2019 at 18:03:45
Don't know if this has been reported on any other thread but Joe Williams is being sold to Wigan. They have improved their initial offer so he's on his way.
Colin Glassar
121 Posted 30/07/2019 at 18:06:21
My previous comment about Gana being limited wasn’t really a criticism of the lad. His work ethic was superb but far too often his passing let him down.

I wish him all the best and hope to see him at Goodison in the 20/21 CL semi finals.

Jay Wood
[BRZ]

122 Posted 30/07/2019 at 18:28:51
I haven't seen anyone claiming Gana Gueye is 'irreplaceable'.

I haven't seen anyone claiming this is 'terminal' for Everton FC.

I haven't seen anyone claiming he didn't have bad games.

What I do see is a lot of people acknowledging he has been one of our better players since he joined the club and expressing remorse that - once again - Everton has sold one of its better players at the peak of his powers, still with 3 years on his contract, for a (relatively) modest fee in a sellers' market.

Perfectly reasonable observations and no need for others to fabricate and attribute 'hysteria and over-reaction' to such views.

To build a successful football team the aim is to retain your better players and recruit more good players. We continue to do the exact opposite, thus stalling any possible progress, year on year.

To throw Alan Ball's departure into the mix is hardly a glowing example of how the club didn't 'wrap up' when he moved on to Arsenal.

Of course Everton continued without Alan Ball, as they will continue without Gana Gueye. It has done for 141 years and will in all likelihood continue for another 141 years (presuming the planet lasts that long...).

But the shocking, premature departure of Alan Ball was the start of our demise and left us bereft and in the wilderness for 15 years. It made a HUGE impact on our history at the time t'other lot rose to dominance when, having won the title in 1970, Everton looked best placed to rule that decade.

And - NO! - before anyone takes a cheap swing, I am NOT bracketing Gana Gueye in the same category as 'who's-the-greatest-of-them-all?'

Ron Marr
123 Posted 30/07/2019 at 18:50:01
The day Alan Ball was sold was the worst day in my near 60 years as an Everton fan. Jay is spot on with his comments about the club's decline after he left. This will not be the case after Gana's departure.
Brian Murray
124 Posted 30/07/2019 at 18:58:09
For those not old enough to realise the impact Alan Ball had on our play, go and YouTube it and on almost every move or goal he was the hub behind them. Peter Reid came close for influence albeit without the big match goals.
David McMullen
125 Posted 30/07/2019 at 19:16:16
Good luck to Gana and thank you la. But not too devestated. Remember Lineker sold, Beardsley, Ferguson, selling them was not good. Rooney a bit different.
Jay Harris
126 Posted 30/07/2019 at 19:36:42
Ray,
Thats very sad.

I had real high hopes for Joe Williams, one of our better youngsters.

I hope there's a buyback clause!!!!!

Joe McMahon
127 Posted 30/07/2019 at 19:37:05
Good luck to him, a nice guy on and off the pitch. Just wish we could have somehow kept him, but he gave it his best in the 3 years with us.
Frank Crewe
128 Posted 30/07/2019 at 20:23:49
A good player and it's always sad to see a good player leave. But life and Everton go on. Out with the old, in with the new.
Paul Birmingham
129 Posted 30/07/2019 at 20:26:59
Au Renoir, Gana, Bonne chance!

You was very good for us and a great tackler and breaker up of play.

We’ve trebled our return on investment, and so it’s good business sense and for a 30 year old, it’s rare to treble your return in initial outlay.

Alas as just over a week and a half to the new season, in my view we are weaker, than we finished. But in Everton style, it will be another last minute flurry of transfer activity. Let’s hope so.

Gana, the Best of luck at PSG.

John McFarlane Snr
130 Posted 30/07/2019 at 20:46:55
Hi Jay [123] I have given a great deal of thought over whether to respond to your post or not, then I thought that as I was the one who used the departures of Alan Ball and Jimmy Gabriel, plus the enforced absence of Tony Kay, to illustrate that the club will survive.

I need to explain the reason for my doing so, I could just as easily, have put forward the names of Tommy Lawton and Joe Mercer, the point I was making was that football clubs have sold better players than Idrissa Gana Gueye, [ a player I had admired for his play and attitude] and it's never the end of the world.

We don't know each other Jay, and as you live in Brazil we're not likely to meet, but I get the impression from your various posts that you savour what I call a war of words, we have crossed swords before, and my attitude then was what it is now, I won't be drawn into a slanging match.

Eric Paul
131 Posted 30/07/2019 at 20:57:00
Jay
There are reports coming out of Brazil that we have signed Reinier for a fee of €40m and he will join us in February when he turns 18 can you add anything to these reports
Andrew Keatley
132 Posted 30/07/2019 at 20:57:23
I think Steve Ferns is bang on at the top of the thread; Gana has been terrific, but if his departure signals a slight shift in tactics then it may be for the overall benefit of the club. One of the best ball-winning midfielders in the game, and hopefully he will be able to shine at PSG in amongst their firmament of superstars.
Robert Williams
133 Posted 30/07/2019 at 21:00:54
Players are no more than stock to a club, they are exchangeable /bought and sold in a market, usually to the highest bidder. Stock market strategies include, buy low - sell high and although the high is all relative I think that Gana falls into that category.
He is certainly not past his sell by date and as in every transaction it is important to have a win-win situation.
This was Everton/Gana/PSG's win win.!
Billy Roberts
134 Posted 30/07/2019 at 21:01:58
Jay, I think its the irrational posts that are sniping at the club at any given opportunity which grate the most.
One poster " Everton buy lidl quality at Harrods prices" Oh the irony on a post about Gana Gueye who we bought for £7million.
Gueye was a superb buy for Everton and to lose him now is of course worrying but unlike the sale of Gary Speed for example I feel we can absorb the blow, we had a period of selling our player of the year continually, Beardsley, Barmby ( I think) Speed, Hutchison, Ferguson.
Those where desperate times, I think now we can have genuine hope that this loss will not derail our progress.
Mike Corcoran
135 Posted 30/07/2019 at 21:03:05
Should’ve let it go to the wire cos thanks to Boris et al 30m Euro will be worth £40m by next week the way sterling is falling.
Mike Corcoran
136 Posted 30/07/2019 at 21:06:55
Reckon Onyekuru will be gone for 15 to 20m Euro before the euro window shuts too
Robert Williams
137 Posted 30/07/2019 at 21:07:39
J Mc Snr @ 131 - Not sure about the war of words but our Brazilian nut certainly has a lot to say on most subjects - mind you out there in the Amazon there's not a lot else you can do, but 'talk' - and hope some silly bugger will take the bait and hope you don't snag a pirhanna!.
Tony Abrahams
138 Posted 30/07/2019 at 21:15:08
Jay lives in Rio, Robert, which is full of sun, sea, surf, sex, soccer and the samba!

I’m not sure it was aimed at John Mc anyway, simply because he his very much a voice of reason when subjects like this come up?

Joe Corgan
139 Posted 30/07/2019 at 21:31:38
I won't comment on the fee. It's done and dusted now.

Thank you Idrissa for everything you did for us. Never ever gave less than 100%, nor sulked when you were initially denied your dream move to PSG. A model professional who just went about your business. You've earned your move, lad, now go and enjoy it for the next couple of years. I hope you'll come back and see us at Goodison sometime.

John McFarlane Snr
140 Posted 30/07/2019 at 22:44:38
Hi Tony [139], my words [112]. To those wringing their hands in anguish, I would ask, "Did Everton wrap up when they parted company with Jimmy Gabriel, Alan Ball, similar warriors, and in different circumstances, Tony Kay?. The answer is a resounding no. In my view no player is irreplaceable, although they may be difficult to replace.

Jay Wood's words [123] "To throw Alan Ball's departure into the mix is hardly a glowing example of how the club didn't 'wrap up' when he moved on to Arsenal."

Of course, Everton continued without Alan Ball, as they will continue without Gana Gueye. It has done for 141 years and will in all likelihood continue for another 141 years. presuming the planet lasts that long...

Tony, are you still unsure about it being aimed at me? You may have read my follow up explanation [131].

Alex Carew
141 Posted 30/07/2019 at 22:47:42
I said earlier that I was gutted and felt it was a steal at that price in today’s market. But, in all honesty, we didn’t have clubs lining up for him did we?
Kiern Moran
142 Posted 30/07/2019 at 23:14:42
Top, top player. Got better every season. Sad to see him go. Healthy profit though. Wish him the best.
Paul Goodchild
148 Posted 31/07/2019 at 12:21:47
Don't worry we will see him again at Goodison in April 2021. First leg of Champions League semi-final. You never know!
Chris James
149 Posted 31/07/2019 at 14:08:30
Whilst I'm genuinely sad to see him go and he will leave a hole in the midfield, I am incredibly proud of how the player and club have conducted themselves in this transfer.

Gueye's been a good servant but this was clearly a boyhood dream and the opportunity might not come in another year or two so no judgement for moving. When we couldn't sell him in January and evidently had a gentlemen's agreement he just stuck to his task (and was if anything better than ever in a late-blooming side), meanwhile when PSG came knocking with a little more money the club obviously held out for the most they could get but ultimately kept to their word.

Slick, professional, respectful all round.
Ending with a net positive for our transfer coffers, a dream move for the player and a wonderful (and I believe honest) message to the fans. Go with our blessings Gueye!

Si Smith
150 Posted 01/08/2019 at 02:44:45
Very strange that almost everyone has wished Gana all the best, usually when our better players leave we can be quite spiteful, yet Gana always gave nothing less than 100% so us blues have taken it on the chin.

Missing out on a move in January was tough for Gana, but he took it on the chin and probably then produces his best 3 or 4 month period of his 3 year Everton career, seemingly typical of the man who set himself high standards.

I'd much rather him stayed, especially as I don't benefit from the fee the club receive, it doesn't affect my life so even at £60m I'd rather us have kept him. That said football is a business and Gana is not irreplaceable, he's a top draw number 6 though and you only need to check out his stats over his premier league career to see how difficult the lad will be to replace.

This is football though and transfers are as big a part of football as there is, we have to try to keep making a profit on players who give a good 3 to 5 year service at the club, this will keep the club motoring forward as a business.

We want to brake the top 4 ideally, all the top 6 crap is a load of my arse, the only way you make any extra funds to compete with the best is to break into the champions league.

Gana has gone along with many many other players, only really Gana out of them players actually played first team football at the blues so if we recruit well then we will be able to improve as a team.

Gana, Vlasic, Oneykuru, Robinson, Lookman, Galloway, Williams (old and young), Galloway, Charsley, and many more all left the club, if were honest we could do Miralas, Bolasie, Besic and Pennington also and only Gana will be noticed as an absentee.

The club are doing the right thing, we need to move out 5 years of fuck ups and get the club back on a straight and narrow.

Silva and Brands need time, I just hope Silva gets enough points in the bank early doors to relieve some pressure.

Steve Brown
151 Posted 01/08/2019 at 03:00:04
Think we are all used to Everton selling their best players and nobody is indispensable. Many on here (including me) are complaining about why we agree such poor fees in a seller's market as Jay says. The fees agreed are for Gueye, Vlasic, Lookman and Onyekuru are too low in today's market.

Fully understand we are under pressure to cut wages and raise revenue, so why not learn from being stiffed in the market for the last four years and drive a bloody hard bargain? I think the problem is the sentimentality and lack of commercial acumen that is a legacy of Bill Kenwright. It will change and I guess Brand is limited by the very situation he is trying to resolve. But Gueye should not have been sold for less than £40-50 million. PSG are one of the richest clubs in the world and came for him twice.

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