Everton have finally learned where the future of Anthony Gordon lies after the winger was reportedly the subject of another approach from Chelsea on Wednesday.
The 21-year-old star is emerging as a huge talent on Merseyside. Given his chance under Frank Lampard last season, he is fast emerging as the Toffees most potent attacking outlet. And he has underlined that enormous talent by scoring in back to back away games for the Toffees.
However, his rise to stardom has seen a number of big suitors take an interest in the Scouser. First up it was Tottenham who came calling with Fabio Paractici asking Everton about a potential deal during their talks over Richarlison.
The most serious interest, however, has come from Chelsea. The Blues have proved the summer’s heaviest spenders with Wednesday’s capture of Wesley Fofana taking their outlays through the £242m mark.
It seems though that Chelsea are not yet done. And having seen an offer for Gordon rejected a fortnight ago, they refuse to be deterred. That opening offer from the Blues for Gordon was reportedly around the £40m mark.
But with Thomas Tuchel desperate to get his hands on Gordon, reports claimed the Londoners were upping their bid to new heights. Indeed, per reports last week, Chelsea were offering Everton £25m as well as Amando Broja and Conor Gallagher.
And if that deal seemed too good to be true, then it’s for a reason. That’s because, despite suggestions, Chelsea never raised their offer above the £40m mark for Gordon.
That’s because, according to The Sun, Chelsea value the winger at the £40m mark only – and are refusing to go higher.
Chelsea accept defeat over Anthony Gordon
That has not stopped Chelsea from reportedly asking Everton once again over a potential deal.
However, just as they did first time around, Everton have stood firm and told Chelsea there will be no sale.
As such, Blues boss Tuchel has been left with no choice but to accept defeat and walk away from the deal.
The development means Lampard will get his wish and will see Gordon see out the season – until January at least – on Merseyside.
Addressing Gordon’s future following Tuesday’s draw at Leeds, Lampard insists he sees no reason why a deal would be struck this late in the window.
“No [he won’t leave], he’s too important a player and I think he showed his worth in the last two games.
“And with two days now to go [until the transfer window closes], what good would it do us to do anything with Anthony? On a bigger picture than that, he is our player who we’ve developed and there’s an affiliation with him and the fans and vice versa.
“Clearly, the interest has been there because he’s a top player. And that’s why we’re so keen to keep him.”
Everyone wins with this outcome
With Gordon staying at Goodison Park, Lampard and Everton’s fans can breathe a sigh of relief.
Having sold Richarlison this summer, Gordon has become the Toffees’ leading light in the absence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Now they can plan ahead with him around – and Gordon himself can focus on the only thing that matters – playing his football, keep improving and helping Everton win games.
Had he gone to Chelsea, Gordon would have found himself a small fish in a big pond. And with so many wingers at Tuchel’s disposal, it’s debatable how much game time Gordon would’ve seen.
Instead, he can carry on at Everton as the main man in Everton’s attack. Such has been his progress that international honours will one day surely come his way.
A spot in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad will likely come too soon for him. But carry on as he is and it surely won’t be too long before they come calling for Anthony Gordon.
Meanwhile, Everton are reportedly looking to bring in another winger of their own in the form of an exciting Villarreal talent.
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