Everton have rejected Chelsea’s offer of around £40-45million for striker Anthony Gordon.
Conversations between the two clubs have been ongoing for a few days but the London club have now formalized their interest. However, it is understood Everton are unwilling to sell the player and a new contract remains on the table for Gordon.
An improved offer from Chelsea could well test Everton’s resolve as Frank Lampard needs to add forward options to his squad before the end of the transfer window and a potential deal would increase the finances to make that happen.
Chelsea were linked with a move for Gordon last week but it was understood Everton have not received an official offer at this stage.
Tottenham wanted to sign the England U21 international in a package deal with Richarlison for a total of £80m earlier this summer but were unsuccessful. Newcastle also made an approach, but did not submit a formal offer.
Thomas Tuchel’s side have spent £176.5m on new signings this summer, mostly on three first-team signings: Marc Cucurella (£63m), Raheem Sterling (£47.5m ) and Kalidou Koulibaly (£34m).
Gordon has started both of Everton’s Premier League games so far this season, playing as a false No.9 in the absence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin as the striker recovers from a knee injury.
Gordon has made 51 Premier League appearances so far for Everton, scoring four goals.
It was his free-kick that led Jarrad Branthwaite to equalize against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last December.
Sky Sports’ Graeme Souness said: “£40m for a 21-year-old who has played 51 times in the Premier League? He has yet to set the heather on fire.
“He’s a dribbler and he’s quite fast. For me he goes to the ground a bit too easily but that’s a lot of money for someone who’s only played 50 games. It’s not in yelling at you when you see him play that he’s going to be a top man.”
New Chelsea owners Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital have spent their first summer at the helm of Stamford Bridge carrying out a rapid overhaul in every department.
Ambitious US bosses have already spent big on Sterling, Koulibaly, Cucurella and Carney Chukwuemeka.
£40million for a 21-year-old who has played 51 times in the Premier League? He hasn’t set the heather on fire yet.
High-potential young goalie Gabriel Slonina has been signed and will remain on loan at the Chicago Fire, while the Blues continue to hunt for Inter Milan’s teenage midfielder Cesare Casadei.
Chelsea are reportedly in talks with Barcelona over a deal for striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, while the quest to steer Wesley Fofana away from Leicester also continues.
‘Everton can’t afford to let Gordon go’
Sky Sports’ Jamie Carragher:
“That’s a lot of money (£40m) for a young player who has just come onto the scene, but I don’t see how Everton could accept that. The position they are in at the moment, without offensive players.
“He’s the only big hope for the club. The fans are not deaf to Everton. They’ve lost their first two games and they know they’re going to have a tough season. there’s no way they can let him go.
“Especially with him being a local lad, it’s him the fans hang their hats on. I think it would have to be much higher than that if Everton were to sanction that.”
Where would Gordon fit in at Chelsea?
Sky Sports’ Karen Carney:
“There have been rumors that Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech are leaving so he would be more of a similar replacement for either of them. He’s young, he’s an English talent and that’s the kind of recruitment that they have chosen.
“They want young, experienced players. In terms of bringing in a proven centre-forward, that’s not the type of player or response we’re talking about.”
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