Anthony Gordon: Graeme Souness hints Chelsea could be overpaying for transfer target after £43m offer

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Anthony Gordon: Graeme Souness hints Chelsea could be overpaying for transfer target after £43m offer

Graeme Souness believes Chelsea could be overpaying for Everton’s Anthony Gordon after the club made a £43m bid for the forward.

In the wake of Sunday’s fiery 2-2 draw with Tottenham at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea submitted an offer for the England U21 international, a player Newcastle United have also scouted.

Despite the signing of Raheem Sterling, Thomas Tuchel is still keen on adding more attacking options to this squad, with Barcelona’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang another key target.

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is thought to be open to the idea of selling the 21-year-old in an effort to raise funds at Goodison Park, representing a U-turn after stressing Gordon would remain on Merseyside.

Having sold Richarlison already, the idea of letting another popular player – particularly one with such a connection to the supporters – may well invoke the ire of the Goodison Park crowd.

Speaking on Sky Sports, pundit Jamie Carragher said: “I don’t see how Everton could accept that.”

Souness, meanwhile, believed it was in fact too much for a player of Gordon’s experience, suggesting the Everton star has done little to prove to be worth such a figure.

"£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."