Chelsea target Gordon | Can Everton afford to let him go?

Chelsea are interested in signing Everton forward Anthony Gordon.

One source has told Sky Sports News they have tabled a £40m bid. Everton’s position during this window has been the player is not for sale.

The Blues are thought to be in negotiations with the Toffees over a permanent transfer for the highly-rated 21-year-old.

Everton are understood to be hopeful of pushing for £50m to allow Gordon to leave Goodison Park.

Tottenham wanted to sign him in a package deal with Richarlison for a combined £80m earlier in the summer but Everton were not interested in selling him then. Newcastle also made an approach but did not submit a formal bid.

Gordon has started both of Everton’s two Premier League games so far this season, playing as a false number nine in the absence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin as the striker recovers from a knee injury.

£40m for a 21-year-old who has played 51 times in the Premier League? He’s not set the heather on fire yet.

Sky Sports’ Graeme Souness

Gordon has made 51 Premier League appearances so far for Everton, scoring four goals.

It was his free-kick which led to Jarrad Branthwaite scoring an equaliser against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in December last year.

Sky Sports’ Graeme Souness said: “£40m for a 21-year-old who has played 51 times in the Premier League? He’s not set the heather on fire yet.

“He’s a dribbler and he’s quick enough. For me, he goes to ground a bit too easily but that’s a lot of money for someone who’s only played 50 games. It’s not screaming 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 Stamford Bridge helm conducting a swift overhaul in every department.

The ambitious US bosses have already spent big on Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Marc Cucurella and Carney Chukwuemeka.

Highly promising young goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina has been signed and will remain on loan at Chicago Fire, while the Blues continue to chase Inter Milan’s teenage midfielder Cesare Casadei.

Chelsea are understood to be in negotiations with Barcelona over a deal for striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, while the quest to prise Wesley Fofana away from Leicester also continues.

‘Everton cannot afford to let Gordon leave’

Image: Gordon’s effort is ruled out for offside against Aston Villa

Sky Sports’ Jamie Carragher:

“It’s a lot of money (£40m) for a young player who is just coming onto the scene, but I don’t see how Everton could accept that. The position they find themselves in right now, lacking attacking players.

“He’s the one big hope for the club. The supporters aren’t deaf at Everton. They’ve lost their first two games and they know they’re in for a difficult season. They need attacking players to come in so there’s no way they can let him go.

“Especially with him being a local lad, he’s the one fans are hanging their hats on. I think it would have to be a lot higher than that if Everton are going to sanction that.”

Where would Gordon fit in at Chelsea?

Image: Gordon is lined up by Chelsea as a winger replacement

Sky Sports’ Karen Carney:

“There’s been rumours of Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech going so he’d be more of a like-for-like replacement for one of them. He’s young, he’s an English talent and that’s the sort of recruitment they’ve gone for.

“They want some young and some experienced players. In terms of getting in a recognised centre forward, he’s not the type of player or answer that’s been spoken about.”

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