On Wednesday we covered various claims from Germany and France on Everton’s pursuit of Jean-Philippe Gbamin.
With Idrissa Gana Gueye’s move to PSG being confirmed this week, the Premier League club need a replacement. Sky Germany reported Everton were on the verge of signing Gbamin to be that man, for a fee of around €30m.
They even stated the player’s medical could be held on Thursday.
Then France’s Soccer Link backed the claims up, and said the midfielder would be moving in ‘the coming hours’ for €30m with bonuses.
Very quickly, Germany’s Bild dismissed that, and said an agreement hadn’t yet been found between the sides. Everton had initially offered €25m, they said, with Mainz wanting €35m.
The Toffees then indicated they’d be willing to spend €30m to get the player. Bild pointed out that may not be enough, with Mainz’s Rouven Schröder known as a tough negotiator.
Allgemeine Zeitung, Mainz’s local newspaper, have brought the latest claims. They say that, as of Wednesday evening, the Bundesliga club denied there was an agreement in place, but didn’t want to go on record.
The newspaper believe €30m is the asking price. Given that’s what Everton are said to be offering there doesn’t appear to be much in the way here.