Everton have rejected Chelsea’s offer of between 40 and 45 million euros for attacker Anthony Gordon.
Talks between the two clubs have been going on for a few days, but the London club has now made their interest official. However, it is clear that Everton are not interested in selling the player and that a new contract is on the table for Gordon.
An improved Chelsea offer, however, could well put Everton’s determination to the test, as Frank Lampard must add options to his squad before the transfer window closes and a potential deal would raise finances to make that happen.
Chelsea were linked with a transfer to Gordon last week, but it was clear Everton had not yet received a formal offer at the time.
Tottenham wanted to sign the England U21 international in a package deal with Richarlison for a combined £80million earlier in the summer, but were unsuccessful. Newcastle also made an attempt, but did not make a formal offer.
Thomas Tuchel’s side have spent over £176.5million on new signings this summer, mainly to three first-team players: Marc Cucurella (£63m), Raheem Sterling (£47.5m) and Kalidou Koulibaly (£) 34 million).
Gordon has started both of Everton’s Premier League games so far this season, playing as a false number 9 in the absence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin as the striker recovers from a knee injury.
Gordon has made 51 Premier League appearances for Everton to date, scoring four times.
It was his free kick that led to Jarrad Branthwaite’s equalizing goal against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last December.
Sky Sports’ Graeme Souness said: “£40million for a 21-year-old who has made 51 Premier League appearances? He hasn’t set the moor on fire yet.
“He’s a dribbler and he’s fast enough. He goes down a little too easily for me, but that’s a lot of money for someone who’s only played 50 games. It doesn’t scream at you when you see him play that he’s a top player. man.”
Chelsea’s new owners, Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital, have spent their first summer at the helm of Stamford Bridge, carrying out a rapid overhaul in every department.
The ambitious American bosses have already spent a lot on Sterling, Koulibaly, Cucurella and Carney Chukwuemeka.
£40 million for a 21-year-old who has played in the Premier League 51 times? He hasn’t set the heath on fire yet.
Promising young goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina has been signed and remains on loan with Chicago Fire, while the Blues continue to pursue Inter Milan’s teenage midfielder Cesare Casadei.
Chelsea are said to be in negotiations with Barcelona over a deal for striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, while the search to sack Wesley Fofana from Leicester also continues.
Everton can’t afford to let Gordon leave
Sky Sports’ Jamie Carragher:
“It’s a lot of money (£40m) for a young player who has just come on the scene, but I don’t see how Everton could accept that. The position they are in now, with no attacking players.
“He is the only great hope for the club. The supporters are not deaf at Everton. They have lost their first two games and they know they are going to have a difficult season. They need attacking players to come in, so there is no way they can let him go.
“Especially because he’s a local boy, he’s the one that fans hang their hats on. I think it should be much higher if Everton are going to penalize that.”
Where would Gordon fit in at Chelsea?
Karen Carney of Sky Sports:
“There are rumors that Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech are going, so he would be more of a like-for-like replacement for one of them. He’s young, he’s an English talent and that’s the kind of recruitment they went for.
“They want some young and experienced players. When it comes to getting a recognized striker, he is not the type of player or the answer that has been talked about.”
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