EVERTON want £28million from Paris Saint-Germain for midfielder Idrissa Gueye, according to reports in France.
L’Equipe understand the Premier League club have slapped the price-tag on the Senegal international.
The publication report that PSG have enlisted super agent Pini Zahavi in an effort to lure Gueye to the Parc des Princes.
Thomas Tuchel wants a new holding midfielder in anticipation of Adrien Rabiot’s move to Barcelona at the end of the season.
Marco Silva’s side had thought to be demanding as much as £45million, however their valuation has lowered.
Conflicting reports have emerged suggesting Everton have told Zahavi they will not part with the 29-year-old, who is contracted to the club until 2022.
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But it remains to be seen whether the Toffees will be able to see off pressure from the Ligue 1 champions should they ramp up their interest during the January transfer window.
PSG‘s attention have firmly turned towards Gueye with alternative targets appearing to be out of reach.
Napoli have slapped an £89million valuation on midfielder Allan with president Aurelio De Laurentiis ready to play hardball over his prized asset.
Borussia Dortmund also look set to keep Julian Weigl despite him making just nine appearances this season.
Gueye has played a key role for Everton this season, playing in 19 of their 22 Premier League games.
He completed the full 90 minutes in the 2-0 win over Bournemouth on Sunday.
Though the Merseysiders are steadfastly refusing to do business with PSG, they have made enquiries over possible replacements.
Lille’s Thiago Mendes, Stanislav Lobotka of Celta Vigo and Colombia international Lucas Barrios have all been linked with a move to the club in recent weeks.