Anthony Gordon: Chelsea interested in signing Everton striker amid reports of £40m bid | Football news

Chelsea are interested in signing Everton striker Anthony Gordon.

A source has told Sky Sports News they have made a bid of £40m. Everton’s position in this window has been that the player is not for sale.

Tottenham wanted to sign the 21-year-old in a package deal with Richarlison for £80m earlier in the summer, but Everton were not interested in selling him then.

Newcastle also made an approach but did not submit a formal bid.

Gordon has started both of Everton’s two Premier League games so far this season, playing as a false number nine in the absence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin as the striker recovers from a knee injury.

£40m for a 21-year-old who has played 51 times in the Premier League? He hasn’t set fire to the heather yet.

Sky Sports’ Graeme Souness

Gordon has played 51 Premier League games so far for Everton, scoring four goals.

It was his free kick that led to Jarrad Branthwaite scoring an equalizer against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last December.

Sky Sports’ Graeme Souness said: “£40m for a 21-year-old who has played 51 times in the Premier League? He hasn’t set fire to the heather yet.

“He’s a dribbler and he’s quick enough. For me he goes to the ground a little 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 coming to become a top man.”

“Everton can’t afford to let Gordon leave”

Anthony Gordon shoots over the bar but his effort is ruled out for offside
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Gordon’s effort is ruled out for offside against Aston Villa

Sky Sports’ Jamie Carragher:

“It’s a lot of money (£40m) for a young player just coming onto the scene, but I don’t see how Everton could accept that. The position they’re in right now is short of attacking players.

“He is the only great hope for the club. The supporters are not deaf at Everton. They have lost their first two games and they know they are in for a difficult season. They need attacking players to come in, so there is no way they can let him go.

“Especially when he’s a local lad, he’s what the fans hang their hat on. I think it has to be a lot higher than that if Everton are going to approve.”

Where would Gordon fit in at Chelsea?

Tyrone Mings tangles with Anthony Gordon
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Gordon is lined up by Chelsea as a winger replacement

Sky Sports’ Karen Carney:

“There have been rumors of Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech coming, so he would be more of a like-for-like replacement for one of them. He’s young, he’s an English talent and that’s the kind of recruitment they’ve gone for .

“They want some young players and some experienced players. In terms of bringing in a recognized centre-forward, he is not the type of player or answer that has been talked about.”

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