Everton willing to sign Idrissa Gueye successor as £35m asking price looks appealing

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Everton seem to be looking at midfield reinforcements in the summer and they could sign PSV midfielder Ibrahim Sangare for £35 million. The Toffees are preparing for the summer transfer window but their planning does hinge on whether Everton can keep their Premier League status or not.

Everton signed Idrissa Gueye in the summer from PSG. The Senegalese signed a two year deal with an option to extend it for one more year. Gueye at 33 isn’t the same version that he was during the first spell at Goodison Park. Back then Gueye was a midfield monster, winning duels, intercepting balls in the midfield, mopping up and showcasing intensity throughout the 90 minutes.

In his second spell at Everton, he is still doing a fine job but hasn’t replicated the same level of performances. Gueye is far more error prone and places wrong passes and is not able to operate with the same agility. Under Sean Dyche, Gueye has been an important part of the midfield trio of Abdoulaye Doucoure, Amadou Onana and Gueye.

Everton interested in PSV midfielder Ibrahim Sangare

At 33, Everton will have to look for a replacement sooner rather than later. PSV midfielder Sangare is a player that seems to be on Everton’s shortlist. According to ESPN Voetbalpraat broadcaster Kenneth Perez (via Team Talk), Everton will be open to meeting the asking price set by PSV for Sangare in the summer.

The Dutch side value the holding midfielder for £35 million and EFC think that the player being available at this price is an appealing idea. Negotiations will go through PSV CEO Marcel Brands, who held the position of director of football at Everton between 2018 and 2021. The Toffees will be willing to sit down and discuss a deal for the Ivorian who has 38 appearances to his name this season.

However, Everton making a concrete offer for Sangare would depend on whether they survive their relegation battle and keep their Premier League status intact. It wouldn’t make sense to shell out £35 million if they drop down to the Championship. Moreover, Sangare wouldn’t be willing to join a Championship side when he knows he has suitors in the Premier League.

Everton could undergo a midfield transition as the futures of Abdoulaye Doucoure and Tom Davies hang in the air as both are on course to become free agents at the end of the season. If the Toffees drop to the Championship, Onana is expected to leave amid interest from Chelsea and Arsenal. Whatever the case, it will depend on Everton’s status at the end of the season.

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