Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund saw a summer move for rising star Anthony Gordon rejected by Everton, according to Football Insider.
The Westfalenstadion natives have already reaped the rewards of signing Jadon Sancho from Manchester City’s academy, and were keen to strike a deal for Gordon despite the Blues product being on a long-term contract.
Everton signed Gordon to a contract that runs until the summer of 2023 back in March, with the Toffees locking down the Liverpool-born attacking midfielder’s services during a campaign which saw him feature in 14 Premier League 2 fixtures (TransferMarkt) on route to the title under David Unsworth.
Gordon also had three outings for the Blues’ Under 18s squad last term, but has now become a fully-fledged U23s option, and has trained with Marco Silva’s first-team on several occasions this season.
Silva is yet to consider the 18-year-old for a Premier League matchday squad, however, with Gordon’s last – and only – first-team outing coming in a Europa League clash with Apollon Limassol two seasons ago.
The youngster has continued to show his eye for goal with Everton’s U23s, though, with four goals in three PL2 games this term – plus one assist – having scored 15 times and created a further five across all competitions for their U18s.
Borussia Dortmund’s interest in Gordon clearly represents the potential the versatile youngster has displayed in Everton’s academy over the past few years, and why the Blues wanted to lock him down to a long-term contract.
Should he maintain his current tendencies in Unsworth’s side, it will surely not be long before Silva is considering Gordon for selection in Carabao Cup or early-round FA Cup ties, with the more time he spends among the first-team in training offering the teenager vital experience for his development.
If Silva does not see Gordon as being quite ready for the cups this season, a loan move to a lower-league outfit for 2020/21 could be a wise step in his career path, given that he currently has just the one senior appearance to his name.
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