By Harvey Byrne
Everton midfield star Idrissa Gueye has emerged as an alternate option to Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater for Premier League giants Chelsea, according to a report.
The Daily Mail have claimed in their live transfer blog (Tuesday, 4.23pm) that the Blues are considering the 27-year-old Senegalese midfielder due to Leicester proving unwilling to budge on their £40million valuation for Drinkwater with the Stamford Bridge side only looking to spend as much as £30million on the Englishman.
It is also said that Gueye was of interest to Chelsea manager Antonio Conte earlier in the summer, but the Italian cooled his interest due to targeting Romelu Lukaku at the time and he thought it would be far more difficult to bring in two players from the Merseyside club.
However, with nine days left of the transfer window Chelsea could now reignite a move, but Everton are also said to be reluctant to let Gueye go this summer.
Football Insider verdict:
With the transfer fees currently being thrown around this summer Everton would be well within their rights to quote £40million for Gueye. The Senegalese enforcer has been a consistent performer and a mainstay of the Toffees team since joining from Aston Villa last summer. Additionally, at this stage of the summer Everton have now been allowed to seek a replacement for Gueye and only a mega-fee would tempt the Toffees to even consider a deal from a Premier League rival. Therefore, this deal looks unlikely to happen unless Chelsea offer a mouth-watering deal to Ronald Koeman’s side.
In other Everton transfer news, a winner has been named in the race for international striker wanted by the Toffees.