Idrissa Gueye who was a star player of Everton club has left the club and joined Paris Saint-Germain after signing a deal of around £25million.
The enthusiastic, ball-winning midfielder is skillful at making well-timed attacks and interceptions and is a piece of the action.
Born in Dakar, Idrissa joined the French club Lille in 2008, where he played 176 times. In 2015, he joined the English Premier League club Aston Villa after signing a deal of £9 million transfer fee.
However, he left this club after one season to sign a 4 year contract with Everton. Now, on 30 July 2019, the talented player signed for French, and the team made a 4–0 victory over Toulouse in the debut match of Idrissa.
PSG had even tried to sign the midfielder in January, however, in spite of Gueye’s transfer request, Everton overruled a £21.5m bid.
Marco Silva was confident Gueye could be convinced to not leave Everton, but the star player could not be stopped when the transfer window reopened.
In February, Gueye gave a ‘’come and get me’ appeal to PSG and requested them to renew their interest this summer.
The French club had spent more than a year looking for a defensive midfielder to substitute Thiago Motta, who retired after the 2017-18 season, and they were considering Gueye for long.
Even though the club managed to get hold of Ander Herrera from Manchester United on a Bosman deal, they lost Adrien Rabiot to Juventus, which left them needing a midfield player and thus they signed Gueye. The Senegal star becomes the sixth big player who has signed the club this summer.
Gueye’s aggressive nature is certainly one of the chief lures for PSG. The team usually plays intense attacking football, nonetheless, the team lacks steel in their engine room.
This becomes all the more important because the club let go of Adrien Rabiot, making things difficult for the French club.
Everton have signed Fabian Delph from Manchester City and Jonas Lossl from Huddersfield Town so far in the summer window. The club is even considering signing Southampton’s Mario Lemina as a potential replacement for Gueye.
Gueye has been extremely happy with the move and stated that he felt honored that the French club was interested in him. This has increased his confidence and now he knows that he is of interest to these types of clubs.
He further adds that he will strive hard to make sure that he is even able to achieve more success. Nevertheless, Gueye will certainly be missed after three remarkable seasons on Merseyside.
No player finished more tackles in the Premier League than Gueye during the three years he spent at Everton.
The move signifies a critical change monetarily for the player, along with a quick change in club aspiration and desire, maybe a more suitable expression should be ‘better late over never’, due to the conditions encompassing the transfer.
The leap appears to be perfect for the career of the player, and can even be called a ‘dream move’. With the present performance, it is nearly impossible for the Everton club to reach the Premier League’s top position, therefore, it can be said that the time was right for the 29 years old player to make the move.
The player is approaching 30, and this will probably be his final big move, so it perhaps was not a difficult decision to make. Having to some extent been in Kante’s shadow for the last few years, it is time for Gueye to get his due as he deserves at the highpoint of European football.
After the move, Gueye took to social media to show appreciation to Everton fans for their support during his time with the club.
“Thank YOU! Since my arrival I have felt at home at this club, you have welcomed me and my family with open arms.
“Everton FC gave me the opportunity to continue in the premier league and the last 3 years I have had some amazing experiences which I will cherish forever.
“I am grateful to have had the love and support of you all throughout this journey and I must say no matter the weather or performances the support was always there.”
Source: News update