Everton are considering selling star man Idrissa Gueye to Paris Saint Germain if the French giants meet their valuation of over £30 million, according to Football Insider.
The willingness to sell has reportedly come after the signings of Andre Gomes and Fabian Delph were secured, with Marco Silva feeling the pair can make up for the loss of Gueye.
He came close to making the move to Paris in January, but while it didn’t come off then, he could be heading for the Parc des Princes this summer.
Gueye was an incredibly reliable figure for Everton last season, as he started 32 league games and came on as a substitute once.
His defensive statistics from throughout the campaign are impressive, as he produced 4.3 tackles and 2.2 interceptions – which highlights his knack for spotting danger, getting into the correct decision to deal with it and having the ability to carry that out.
There were only four teams in the entire league who conceded fewer goals across the season, with Gueye’s protection of the backline likely being a large contributing factor.
The Senegalese midfielder was also efficient on the ball, as he made an average of 52.8 passes per game, with a success rate of 84.3%.
Of the two new signings, Delph is the player who would most likely be deployed in a role similar to the one Gueye filled last season.
However, while his defensive numbers are far from bad, he doesn’t match up to the man he could be replacing, as he managed 2.1 tackles and 1.2 interceptions on average.
He did outdo Gueye with his passing though, as he made 62.9 per game with an accuracy of 91.3%.
While these numbers give an indication of how the two fared last season, it is difficult to pinpoint how Delph’s numbers would translate in an Everton shirt, as Manchester City keep hold of the ball a lot more than Everton, meaning his defensive stats could increase, while his passing ones could fall.
Bringing Delph to Goodison Park is a great piece of business, but it can be considered a great risk to take this as a sign that Gueye can be sold.
He was an integral part of the club’s impressive defensive record last campaign, so Everton should be looking to keep hold of the Senegal international if they can.
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