Chelsea face the prospect of missing out on Anthony Gordon with the young Everton star reportedly more likely to move to Tottenham before the transfer window closes.
The winger has been the subject of intense speculation this summer with Chelsea making their interest in the 21-year-old clear. Indeed, the London side – who have already spent £136m this summer on three new signings – have already seen a £45m offer knocked back for Gordon. However, with the window closing at 11pm on Thursday, Gordon remains very much in their transfer thinking.
Prising him away from Goodison Park, though, will not be an easy move, with Everton reportedly demanding one of two stars in return.
Indeed, Chelsea could take their spending well beyond the £250m before the window is out. Chelsea are also closing on Wesley Fofana in a deal likely to be north of £76m.
And they will likely try again for Gordon, though Everton are seemingly unwilling to deal for less than £60m.
Todd Boehly’s plans to bring him to Stamford Bridge, however, could yet be wrecked by Tottenham. The Liverpool-born winger was the subject of interest from Spurs earlier this summer as the two clubs thrashed out the Richarlison transfer.
And while Everton resisted their offer for Gordon at the time, Spurs have retained a watching brief.
Indeed, Spurs boss Antonio Conte is still looking to make one final signing before the window closes. Despite bringing in seven names already, Conte is still looking for another winger to add to his ranks.
They were on the trail of Nicolo Zaniolo, only for the Roma star to suffer a dislocated shoulder injury. And reports on Friday claimed they were also ready to hijack Ajax’s move for Hakim Ziyech.
Anthony Gordon subject of late Tottenham interest
However, Conte and Fabio Paratici would rather target a player with the potential to grow, making a potential swoop for Gordon highly appealing.
To that end, journalist Paul Brown reckons a move for Gordon could be on the cards.
He told GIVEMESPORT: “Don’t rule out a late bid from Spurs, especially as they know it would really annoy Chelsea, which is something I’m sure the Spurs chairman would love to do.”
Any deal for the winger, however, is likely to set his suitors back £60m. And with Spurs unable to guarantee him first-team football, it remains to be seen whether they would spend such sums again after already spending big for Richarlison.
Either way, it seems Everton boss Frank Lampard is in no mood to entertain the player’s sale.
He has spoken of the Toffees’ intentions to keep Gordon beyond the summer window.
However, Lampard does admit he can’t offer any guarantees that Gordon will not be sold.
Speaking on Friday, Lampard said: “It is absolutely not happening at this point and that is where we are at.
“I have got respect for Chelsea, because I did play for them, but my biggest job now is to have an understanding of what I need to do here and, the situation we are in. As such, Anthony Gordon is not leaving this club.”
Lampard wants deadline on transfer saga
Lampard, though, has since backtracked a little on the player and says he has a deadline on when he wants a decision made on the player.
“Yeah, we are at that situation. We have drawn a red line. It is very difficult, I got asked last week, will he be here at the end of the window and it is an impossible question to answer, really.
“But I am working now to try and put a squad together and it is my job to get the best squad. So there absolutely has to come a time where we have to understand what the squad is going to be and, especially [with] a player of the level of Gordon, I have to know he is going to be here and the good thing is here at the club, myself and everybody involved upstairs has the same kind of thinking so there will be no doubts on that front.”
He added: “In seriousness, there is that point and I won’t say where it is but I think you understand I am getting very close to it.”
Lampard and Everton really do need to make a firm stand on Gordon.
If they are to avoid a repeat of last season’s relegation struggles then keeping a player of his quality is paramount. To sell him now, and with only a few days left in the window, would make things difficult in terms of signing a replacement.
Banking £60m now is one thing, but failing to then spend it, or worse still, wasting it, would leave Everton worse off.
Furthermore, it would also send out a wrong message to their rivals that Everton are now a selling club.
Anthony Gordon is the best young talent they’ve produced for years and his exit would hurt supporters badly.
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