Everton’s Idrissa Gueye hands in transfer request after PSG interest

Everton’s Idrissa Gueye hands in transfer request after PSG interest

Everton’s Idrissa Gueye hands in transfer request after PSG interest

Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye has reportedly handed in a transfer request following a £21.7m offer from Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.

Gueye, 29, left France in the summer of 2015 to join Aston Villa, where he spent one season before being relegated and subsequently being signed by Ronald Koeman for a reduced fee of £7.1m.

The player has proven to be terrific value for money for the Toffees, who now have the opportunity to treble their initial investment in the player, who turns 30 later on this year.

PSG have been looking for a defensive midfield player for much of the January transfer window, having also shown interest in Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure, but it now seems they have made Gueye their top target.

With the offer coming so late in the window, Everton are unlikely to sell the player unless they are able to bring in a replacement before Thursday’s deadline. Central midfield is an area Everton are short in, with Marco Silva yet to be convinced by James McCarthy, Morgan Schneiderlin or Tom Davies.

PSG are keen to strengthen in midfield with Adrien Rabiot appearing to be ready to leave the club on a free transfer at the end of the season. The France international has previously been linked with moves to Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham.

Thomas Tuchel’s men are also working to complete a deal for Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Leandro Paredes after the two clubs agreed a £35m fee earlier this month, beating Chelsea in the race to secure his signature.

Gueye played the full 90 minutes of Everton’s 3-2 defeat against Millwall in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday evening, as the team twice surrendered a lead before losing in stoppage time.

Everton currently sit 11th in the Premier League table table, three points below Watford in seventh, but are a huge 14 points off Manchester United in sixth. Marco Silva is under increasing pressure to deliver results after falling to 4/1 to be the next Premier League manager to leave their post.

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