Arsenal and Manchester City are reportedly the latest clubs to join the chase for Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye, who is pushing for a January move.
According to Sky Sports, Idrissa Gueye has a couple of new suitors. The Everton midfielder has been pushing for a move in the January transfer window, with PSG the favourites up until now. Arsenal and Manchester City have now joined the chase as they look to reinforce their respective midfields.
Idrissa Gueye joined Everton from Aston Villa after a strong maiden season in English football. The player was an instant hit and became a key player soon at Goodison Park, with his ability to tackle and intercept a particular highlight of his game play.
Everton have been riddled with managerial uncertainty over the last couple of seasons. Marco Silva, the man the Toffees were after for a while, was brought in to build the squad to compete for the Top 6 in the Premier League. But, it has not panned out that way, with Everton struggling to put up much of a competition to the ‘Big Six’ of English football.
Idrissa Gueye was even the subject of a bid from PSG, which Everton swiftly rejected. The rejected bid has irked Gueye somewhat, with the player having submitted a written transfer request to the club. The transfer request has alerted Arsenal and Manchester City.
Arsenal are not really looking for holding midfielders, with Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi all manning the lines well so far. But, Torreira or Guendouzi could be played in an advanced role, should the Gunners be able to nab a quality midfielder.
For Manchester City, it is about natural progression. Fernandinho needs to be phased out of the squad and their priority target Frenkie de Jong has decided to join Barcelona. While Gueye would only be a short-term replacement, his arrival could aid City’s slim title hopes.
The report though, does include the statement that Everton have rejected the transfer request. So, it remains to be seen whether Idrissa Gueye will be granted his wish. Despite the entry of Arsenal and Manchester City, PSG still remain favourites and should they return with an improved bid, we could perhaps see Everton agree to sell the holding midfielder.