Everton willing to pay £8.4m to sign Idriss Gueye from Paris Saint-Germain
Everton are willing to pay up to £8.4m to complete the signing of Idrissa Gueye from Paris Saint-Germain urgently, according to Le Parisien.
The Toffees are desperate to add midfield reinforcements to the squad ahead of the new season, with Frank Lampard trying to bolster the side that narrowly avoided relegation last season.
Now Gueye has emerged as a “priority” target for the club and the blues are willing to spend up to €10m (£8.4m) to get a deal done “urgently” ahead of the season opener against Chelsea this weekend.
Reports suggest that Gueye is already on Merseyside to undergo a medical while the two clubs settle the final details of a deal.
The 32-year-old is expected to sign a short-term contract after agreeing to the move and could be available for his second debut at Goodison Park.
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Everton haven’t had a lot of money to spend this summer, as shown by their only signing with any money spent being Dwight McNeil in a £15m move.
So spending £8m on a 32-year-old who is past his prime seems like an expensive transfer when there are plenty of other deals that need to be done this summer too.
There is no disputing that Gueye is a great player who will add lots of quality, experience, leadership and depth to the playing squad, but with one year left on his current deal a better deal was surely available.
He’s considered as surplus to requirements in Paris and they’re very keen to sell, so the final fee must surely be lower otherwise Everton risk being taken for a ride on this deal.
The important bit is getting the player in to strengthen the squad, but they run the risk of running out of cash to bolster other areas if they spend too much on this deal.