By George Overhill

7th Aug, 2022 | 8:40am

BT pundit: Everton won't have to pay PSG much to complete Idrissa Gueye with Amadou Onana signed

Paris Saint-Germain won’t ask Everton for much money to sign Idrissa Gueye, with the player wanting to return, according to Julien Laurens.

The French journalist feels the Ligue 1 champions won’t require anything close to what it has cost the Toffees to sign fellow midfielder Amadou Onana from Lille, with that deal wrapped up.

The 20-year-old was in the stands to watch his new side lose 1-0 to Chelsea on Saturday (6 August), after they were able to match a £33million package that had been agreed with West Ham.

Laurens feels that the youngster costs more than the level of contribution he can currently make, but the experienced Senegalese will be a much less expensive move.

Speaking live on BT Sport Score on Saturday (4.37pm) he said: “I think Frank [Lampard] wants both of them. Onana as we said is sorted, and for Idrissa Gueye there’s a big possibility he comes back. He wants to come back to the club and to the Premier League.

“For Onana to have someone like Gueye, or even [Abdoulaye] Doucoure next to him to go along with his adaptation to the club and the Premier League will be very clever.

“I don’t think PSG will ask for much money for Idrissa Gueye. Not as much, certainly, as what they are paying for Onana, which is a bit of a risk and a gamble because he’s so young.

“A lot of talent and a lot of potential, but he’s not ready to have an impact that I think a new signing at that price should bring to the club.”

Value judgments

With Onana costing as much as he is the price is clearly to pay for what he will become as much as what he is right now, and although 11 starts last season isn’t much, by all accounts he could be really special before long.

Gueye is a completely known quantity, for the league, for the club, and for his body of work in France, and with PSG looking to shed players it should be a good-value deal.

Considering he is 32 it would not make sense for Everton to be shelling out a lot of money for him in any situation, especially not the under the financial constraints Everton have.

They have clearly worked out a way to make the big-money move for Onana work out, although fans will have to hope that hasn’t stored up any problems down the line that will necessitate another key asset leaving in a year’s time.

But a cheap veteran performer alongside a high-priced, young, potential star should be a recipe for success if everything goes to plan.

Lampard will have to hope that the incredibly bad luck with injuries that has already struck attack and defence, does not also encompass the midfield once the money is spent on Gueye and Onana.

Dominic Calvert-Lewis already out for a number of weeks and the prognosis on Ben Godfrey looks even worse after only one game this season.