Frustrations are set to build on Merseyside over the summer, as Paris United understand Thomas Tuchel dreams of signing Everton midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye.
The German head coach had targeted the Senegal international in the winter as he sought to replace contract rebel Adrian Rabiot, but saw Paris Saint-Germain’s advances frequently knocked back as the Blues refused to do business with the Ligue 1 heavyweight.
Marco Silva even threatened to quit the Toffees if Director of Football Marcel Brands sold the 5 ft 7 midfield anchor after he reportedly handed in a transfer request, and while some fans would have been keen for the Portuguese to call quits at the time, he got his way, and Gueye stayed.
The 29-year-old did not hide his hopes of one day returning to France, however, as Gueye revealed shortly after the winter market slammed shut that a move to PSG felt like ‘a dream that sadly did not come true’.
“It is a dream that sadly did not come true,” he said. “Every player works to join the best teams, to play in matches in the Champions League. But I was honoured that PSG were interested in me.
“Now, I know that I am of interest to these types of clubs, I am ready to go to the final level to join a top European club. I am going to work even more so that they come back to me. Maybe it is not finished with PSG.”
It certainly is not finished with PSG, as Paris United now note that Tuchel dreams of adding the 63-cap Senegal star to his ranks alongside Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Weigl, although the Parisian outfit are yet to make an official approach for Gueye.
If, or seemingly when, the Ligue 1 champions do, it is understood Everton will inform them that Gueye’s services will cost as much as €50million (£44.9m), which could see PSG Director of Football Leonardo take to his preferred candidates to improve the midfield at Les Parc des Princes.
Rejecting a lower offer – after PSG bid at most £26.5million in January – could see Gueye’s future drag out until the summer market slams shut, too, and could see the start of our season derailed if he hands in another alleged transfer request.
Leonardo is thought to have other targets in mind, though, as he covets Chelsea’s Tiemoue Bakayoko, but could face competition from Manchester United if Frank Lampard decides to sell the former AS Monaco midfielder who failed to meet the grade in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge.
The former AC Milan Technical Director, who took Bakayoko to the San Siro on loan last season, is even thought to have discussed a move to Paris with the Frenchman and his representatives, and Bakayoko will now discuss his future with Chelsea soon.
In the case that Gueye does leave, it would remain to be seen who Brands and Silva would target to replace his key role in the core of our midfielder, as Brands’ rumoured ideal candidate was LOSC Lille’s Thiago Mendes, but the Brazilian has since joined Olympique Lyonnais for €22.5million (£20.2m) plus €4.5m (£4m) in add-ons.
Everton have also been linked with AC Milan’s Franck Kessie with the Ivorian’s future at the San Siro in doubt, but the imposing midfielder would cost as much as €35million (£31.4m).