Everton reportedly still want to offer Anthony Gordon a new contract at Goodison Park.
The Lowdown: Chelsea bids
According to The Guardian, data analysts at Chelsea pushed hard for the west London club to sign the 21-year-old in the summer transfer window.
However, the Blues’ former manager Thomas Tuchel did not actually want the Englishman, despite the club reportedly having a second bid worth up to £45m rejected for the winger.
Given the transfer speculation, the Merseyside club are thought to be keen on offering Gordon a new contract in order to fend off any potential interest in January.
The Latest: Still keen
Writing in his latest column for Caught Offside, Italian football journalist and transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has revealed that the Toffees still want to offer Gordon a new deal, but it is up to him whether he wants to sign it.
Romano adds that the player wanted the move to Stamford Bridge in the summer, but Frank Lampard and the Everton board pushed to keep him. As of now, it is unclear whether Chelsea will come back in for the 21-year-old in January, or if other clubs will enter the race.
The Verdict: Get it done!
It is vital for Everton that Gordon signs a new deal, especially with interest from Chelsea, who can offer him Champions League football.
He also ranks highly among other members of the squad in terms of average tackles, shots, key passes, dribbles and through balls per match in the division (WhoScored).
These figures show that Gordon remains such a crucial player for Everton, so they will surely be reluctant to lose him no matter how much might be offered for him.