Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye has agreed personal terms with Everton ahead of a proposed return to Goodison Park this summer, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
Gueye has been made available by PSG who consider him no longer to be among their plans for the future (The Times). The Toffees are searching the market for midfield reinforcements after Fabien Delph was among those who left at the end of the last campaign.
Frank Lampard has prioritised the signing of a midfielder amidst the financial constraints that the Merseysiders are suffering from (Football Insider). They have also deemed Jean-Philippe Gbamin to be surplus to requirements after he failed to impress during his three-year tenure at Goodison Park.
Gueye will travel to Merseyside to undergo medical to finalise his return to his former club. He has agreed to terms with Everton, with both parties in line to discuss the final few details involved in this deal ahead of its completion.
As part of his CaughtOffside Substack column, Romano wrote: “Frank Lampard’s Everton are set to discuss the final details of Gana Gueye’s proposed move back to Goodison Park from PSG this week. Gueye has accepted Everton’s terms and will travel to Merseyside for a medical.”
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Reinforcing the midfield with Gueye certainly does make sense under the current circumstances. After all, Donny van de Beek returned to Manchester United following his short-term loan spell, while Dele Alli is yet to impress to the extent the fans had hoped for when he was signed from Tottenham Hotspur.
Andre Gomes, on the other hand, could join Gbamin on the way out as Lampard’s team is accepting proposals for the former Barcelona man (Alan Myers). While Lewis Warrington is an option, depending on the youngster would be too much pressure at such a young age.
In such a situation, Gueye would undoubtedly be a sound acquisition indeed, even if the Senegal international is not the same player as he was in the past. The 32-year-old could still make enough impact while not affecting our finances by a large margin, with him being in the last year of his current contract.
The African international would be a solid addition on a short-term deal as it offers Everton the possibility to look for long-term signings in the future. A return to his former club could perhaps help Gueye have the extra motivation to turn back the clock a few years and make a case for himself ahead of the 2022 Qatar World Cup in the process.