According to Chris Bascombe of the Telegraph, Paris Saint-Germain have agreed a £30m deal with Everton for Idrissa Gueye. The 29-year-old had been linked with a move away from Goodison Park for more than six months and has finally been granted his wish to join a side in the Champions League.
Gueye nearly signed for PSG in January and publicly admitted his desire to leave Everton after the transfer fell through. The Toffees have prepared for his departure by signing Fabian Delph from Manchester City, but losing the £70k-per-week man will hurt Everton.
Gueye is an exceptional player who can break up opposition attacks, retain high levels of possession and be effective in both boxes. Delph isn’t a bad replacement, but he has big shoes to fill. The Blues also brought in Andre Gomes on a permanent deal from Barcelona, so their midfield will remain strong ahead of the new season.
Everton’s loss will be Paris Saint-Germain’s gain, however. The Senegalese international made 108 appearances in all competitions, scoring and creating nine goals. Last season, he created 18 chances, averaged 53 passes-per-game with 84% accuracy, boasted 23 successful dribbles (74%), won 32 aerial duels (48%), blocked 56 shots/passes/crosses, made 44 clearances and averaged a tackle (142) or interception (74) every 13 minutes.
Gueye was a terrific servant for Everton and could now become a key player for PSG.