Everton will reportedly let a current midfielder leave Goodison Park as they plan to re-sign Idrissa Gueye from Paris Saint-Germain, with talks heading in a positive direction.
Frank Lampard is keen to bolster his midfield ranks ahead of the Premier League campaign starting. However, he doesn’t have long as Everton come up against Chelsea on Saturday at 17:30.
The Toffees were linked with a move for former player Gueye back in January. But this rumour never came to anything and the midfielder spent the rest of the 2021-22 campaign at the Parc des Princes.
Everton chiefs view Gueye as a strong addition to the squad. He previously spent three years at the club before leaving for PSG in a £27million deal in July 2019.
PSG now feel the 32-year-old is surplus to requirements and will let him go. Gueye, meanwhile, is happy to make the switch. Perhaps he wants to prioritise game time at this late stage of his career.
Everton and PSG were originally in discussions over a loan move. The Ligue 1 champions wanted pretty much all of his wages paying for the 2022-23 season.
But according to The Times, these negotiations have now gone in a new direction. Everton are hoping to secure Gueye on a permanent deal.
Everton, PSG talks for Idrissa Gueye going well
He should be available for a relatively cheap sum after entering the final 12 months of his PSG contract.
Talks between the two clubs are going in the right direction, meaning an agreement could soon be struck.
Should Gueye join, then he would become the Merseyside club’s fourth new arrival of the summer transfer window. They have already brought in James Tarkowski, Ruben Vinagre and Dwight McNeil.
The Times’ report states Everton will let Jean-Philippe Gbamin go, which would make space for Gueye in the squad.
Gbamin did well at Mainz to earn a £22.5m transfer to Everton in 2019. He was captured as a replacement for Gueye.
However, the Ivorian has had a terrible time in England. Injuries have limited him to just eight appearances in an Everton shirt over three campaigns.
Gbamin is now free to leave Everton. But the report doesn’t reveal if this will happen through a loan or permanent move.
His contract with the Premier League club runs for another two years. However, he could be released after such a disappointing spell there.
Bringing Gueye back to Goodison Park and letting Gbamin go would be two clever decisions from Lampard.
Gbamin is just taking up space on the wage bill at this point. While Gueye could form a solid midfield three with the likes of Abdoulaye Doucoure and Dele Alli.
And Everton should not have to spend too much on Senegal international Gueye. Relatively cheap transfers are a necessity for the club after their lavish spending in previous years, which has not gone too well.