By Daniel Feliciano

21st Nov, 2023 | 5:40pm

Barcelona could look to sign Idrissa Gueye or Abdoulaye Doucoure from Everton after Gavi injury

FC Barcelona have been tipped to launch bids for Everton duo Idrissa Gueye and Abdoulaye Doucoure after Gavi suffered a “serious knee injury”.

The Spanish youngster tore his ACL on international duty this weekend and will be out for the rest of the season, leaving Xavi and Barcelona short in midfield.

And writing a list of potential targets for the January window, Cadena Ser (21 November) report that the Toffees duo could be options for the Catalan club to explore.

“Everton has problems with points sanctions, they could need to get rid of players,” they wrote.

Bojan Krkic responded to the link saying, “Very good defensively, recovering, although a bit tactically disorganized. At Barça, you have to be very clear about tactics.”

Doucoure was then mentioned as a potential target too, with journalist Bruno Alemany keen.

“I like him more than Gueye, although he would surely be a little more expensive,” he said. “He is scoring important goals, he is a player with arrival and an impressive physique, I feel that he is very undervalued in the Premier League.”

Manolo Romero then declared him as a good possibility.

“He is another good possibility,” he said. “He is a player who can shoot up, and now he is scoring goals. He has a lot of presence, he covers a lot of ground, he is a good complement.”

No chance

Abdoulaye Doucoure literally just signed a new contract, so any transfer to see him move away would have to be very worth our time.

There’s no doubting that he would be interested in a move if this link became concrete and they were interested, but with the situation we’re in after our ten point deduction we have to keep our best and most important players.

The situation for Gueye could be a little bit different, but not enough for an exit to get sanctioned.

Right now Gueye is behind Doucoure, Amadou Onana and James Garner in the first-choice options in midfield, but his experience will be absolutely crucial in the second half of the season and his qualities are perfect for a Sean Dyche team.

They’ll likely look for more exotic options since they play at a super high level and in a very technical way, so we now need to hope this doesn’t become a reality or it could lead to real problems.

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