By Danny Wright
It looks like Everton will have to fend off a number of top clubs in order to keep Idrissa Gueye in the summer, with Arsenal heading the charge, according to a report.
The Mirror reports that Arsene Wenger is looking to start rebuilding his squad, starting with an offer for the midfield enforcer.
The Frenchman admitted on Thursday that he is unhappy with the defensive efforts shown by his team this season.
Bringing in a player who has been compared to Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante would help shore up his stuttering team.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is also a fan of the 27-year-old, and the two Premier League giants will face stiff competition from Sevilla, Valencia, Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig.
Gueye is enjoying a brilliant debut season on Merseyside since securing a £9million switch from Aston Villa last summer.
The 40-time Senegalese international has played 27 times in all competitions for Everton, and his defensive stats have been among the best in the league.
Gueye has completed more tackles per game than any other player in the top flight, according to WhoScored, with 4.5 made per game, compared to Kante’s 3.6
Before moving to Aston Villa, Gueye made 176 appearances in all competitions for French club Lille.
Football Insider Verdict
Everton can’t afford to be torn apart in the summer as moves for Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley are also on the table. Gueye has been one of the unsung heroes in Ronald Koeman’s side this season and losing him would really expose Everton’s ambitions. European football is still on the cards at Goodison for next season and that could help Koeman hold onto some of his stars – especially as Arsenal may well miss out on Champions League football themselves. The Gunners could certainly do with a player like Gueye, and what happens between now and the end of the season could play a big part in whether he stays or goes.
In other Everton news, Koeman posted a passionate Twitter message after Saturday’s loss to Liverpool.