By Danny Wright
Everton have opened contract talks with midfielder Idrissa Gueye with the view to handing him an improved deal, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that the Toffees have started talks with the 28-year-old after interest from Arsenal, as well as other clubs from abroad.
It is understood that although Gueye’s current deal lasts until 2020, they want to ensure that he will stay a part of Ronald Koeman’s squad as long as possible with the only other English club in the Europa League lurking.
The report adds that Everton want the Senegal international to pen a “long-term” deal which will put him among the club’s top earning players.
Gueye has been in good form ever since he signed from Aston Villa last summer and has been ever present this term, making nine appearances across all competitions, scoring one goal in the process which came in the Europa League win against Hadjuk Split last month.
Football Insider Verdict
Gueye is clearly one of the most key players in the Everton side and he definitely deserves a new deal. Arsenal are in need of a holding midfielder like the ex-Aston Villa man, so their interest in him is very understandable. This new contract for the enforcer will hopefully put the Gunners off or put such a high price-tag on him that he may eventually be worth selling for a very high fee. Gueye is at the peak of his career but he will want to start pushing towards the top of the table soon with Everton. Without Gareth Barry in the side he now has a lot of work to do in his area of the pitch and so far this season the signs have been good.
In other Everton news, another defender has been dealt with a devastating injury blow with a broken leg feared.