Marco Silva has confirmed that, as far as he is concerned, there has been no official approach made for Idrissa Gueye.
Despite reports suggesting that Everton have told Paris St Germain that the Senegal international is not for sale and claims, mostly in France, that an opening offer has been made and that PSG have been encouraged by the player's general agreement over personal terms, Silva is adamant that there has not been a bid so far.
The Portuguese was asked about the situation during his press conference this morning and he lent credence to a report in the Liverpool Echo this week that said there has yet to be official contact from PSG regarding Gueye.
“For me it's new,” Silva said. “We haven't had one offer, not one club has made an official offer for Gana.
“Of course, I'm speaking with him like do with all the other [players]. He is focused on our club and he is working to give his best. There is nothing more to say about that.”
Asked if he felt there had, perhaps, been an illegal approach made for the player, Silva replied:
“Until now, what I can tell you is there are no offers have come in to us for Gana. If there's something illegal, I don't know.”
Meanwhile, Silva also addressed the situation regarding Yannick Bolasie who unexpectedly returned from his loan spell at Aston Villa this week.
As was the case last summer when the winger was informed that he wouldn't be part of the manager's plans, Bolasie has little chance of playing first-team football at Goodison over the remainder of the season and may be farmed out on loan again, perhaps to his former club, Crystal Palace.
“[Another loan] is a possibility, of course," Silva said. "Until now we have had no enquiries. We will do what is the best solution for him and us as a club.
"We have four wingers in our squad and we are happy with them. What I don't want is for Bolasie not to play again. It doesn't mean I have already decided what will happen.
"Let's see what will happen at the end of the market. When he took the decision to come back we didn't expect it, even though he has that option in his contract.”
"[H]e knows [he is unlikely to get game time]. I took that decision last summer, because I realised it would be difficult for him to get the minutes he wants.”
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1 Posted 24/01/2019 at 22:25:17
James McCarthy is an immediate replacement who will add real steel and drive, and who knows...... the profits may take us up to 16th in the Deloitte Money League.
2 Posted 24/01/2019 at 22:30:10
And loaning out a striker when we just have seems a bit more stupid as if we get injuries to Calvert-Lewin or Richarlison we'd be in a Spurs position. Nope not league position before anyone pipes up.
This club never fails to disappoint. Bottom line was to replace the donkey with at least the same price/money used we got for him. And nothing but Tosun and Sandro which cost £32M total roughly – not £75M. Not that a decent striker would come now but, at the time, we were looking okay.
A load of balls... I'm looking forward to going to the Millwall game though.
3 Posted 24/01/2019 at 23:36:15
As for Gana – I'm happy for him to stay. As I said on another thread, he is the best at what he does in the Premier League now that Kante has moved to RCM.
I like McCarthy, but he isn't fit enough for long enough to be counted on. It'd be like building a team around Darren Anderton.
4 Posted 25/01/2019 at 05:37:51
Silva can't sell him, but Brands can, if the money is right. If he is sold Silva is gone.
5 Posted 25/01/2019 at 06:43:07
You haven't seen him play in a year, since the injury. He's made exactly one appearance, with the U-23s. He hasn't even made the bench for the first team. Not once.
Davies is there every game, even Schitbowl Schneiderlin gets a run-out. But Silva hasn't given Macca even a glance at the pitch. There must be a reason.
6 Posted 25/01/2019 at 11:17:13
Losing him would make the squad weaker and we should not consider doing it on the cheap at all. If Gana Gueye wants to go, tell PSG to pay up in full or fuck right off.
7 Posted 25/01/2019 at 11:37:10
Our system is wrong for our players (just my opinion). We should be playing 4-4-2.
8 Posted 25/01/2019 at 23:51:20
Fair point about building a squad with depth but, without European football to worry about, we can't really turn down near £30M for someone his age.
9 Posted 26/01/2019 at 11:43:42
He has a fantastic engine, covers lots of ground and is a nuisance to opponents. Most of Gana's strengths most players should be able to produce imo and its upto the manager to get it out of the players.
11 Posted 27/01/2019 at 19:16:22
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