The Toffees have had a €25m (£23m) bid rejected for the Ivorian, with Mainz holding out for €30m (£27.5m) for the 23-year-old.
Everton see Gbamin as a replacement for Idrissa Gueye, who has signed for Paris Saint-Germain.
Gbamin started 30 Bundesliga matches for Mainz last season, coming on as a substitute once, scoring twice and assisting once, as per WhoScored.
He made 1.6 tackles, 1 interception and 0.9 clearances throughout the campaign, while playing 43 passes per game with an accuracy of 80.4%.
In contrast, Gueye started 32 matches for Everton, coming on as a substitute once and getting two assists.
He made 4.3 tackles, 2.2 interceptions and 1.3 clearances, while making 52.8 passes per game with an accuracy rate of 84.3%.
Gueye was better than Gbamin in every one of these categories, so it would be tough to think that the 23-year-old could directly replace him, though that would be the case with many midfielders, due to just how impressive the Senegalese midfielder’s numbers were. Indeed, he made the most tackles per game per 90 mins than almost everyone in the Premier League last season, so the idea of a direct replacement right away is perhaps a touch unrealistic.
Still, a feature about the player on the Bundesliga website in 2017 described him as one of the ‘effective defensive midfielders’ in the league and noted his ‘energy and aggression’, so perhaps he could grow into the kind of numbers Gueye was producing despite the current difference noted above.
With the last point in mind, Gbamin would be a good signing for Everton and could be the best option available to try to fill the gap Gueye’s left behind over time.
Obviously, the Toffees are going to have to come together in order to replace Gueye’s influence – especially defensively – as it would be unfair to expect one person who didn’t match up to any of Gueye’s aforementioned statistics to do that on his own.
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