With Idrissa Gana Gueye leaving for Paris Saint Germain this summer, Everton were on the hunt for a midfielder to add to the squad.

They ultimately settled on Jean Philippe-Gbamin from Mainz, but not before they were linked with several other potential signings.

One of the names that continually cropped up was that of Marseille’s Morgan Sanson.

The French midfielder has long been linked with a move to the Premier League and this year was no different.

Several clubs were thought to be keen on his signature and Everton were among them.

The problem was always his asking price, and last we heard, the Blues had decided against it after being quoted €35m.

L’Equipe confirm that today, saying Everton were one of the clubs looking at signing Sanson this summer.

However, they were ‘frightened by the price’ Marseille quoted them, which was €25m minimum, as opposed to the €35m sum reported earlier.

They instead went and did their shopping elsewhere, and Sanson has enjoyed an excellent start to life under new manager Andre Villas-Boas.