Excl: Chelsea are willing to pay £60 million for Anthony Gordon and the player has made his decision clear to the club.
Everton winger Anthony Gordon has informed the team and manager Frank Lampard that he wants to move to Chelsea, but the trade hasn’t been well received by the supporters.
The Athletic reports that the 21-year-old is eager to go from Goodison Park to Stamford Bridge because he wants to play Champions League soccer and have a shot at making England’s World Cup roster.
Thomas Tuchel, the manager of Chelsea, wants to bolster the assault, and the Blues are willing to pay up to £50 million for Gordon plus an additional £10 million.
After falling to Leeds United 3-0 on Sunday, Chelsea is now ranked 12th in the Premier League and has yet to bring in a replacement for Romelu Lukaku.
Raheem Sterling has joined their forward line, although after impressing in preseason, the former Manchester City player is yet to make his competitive debut.
The opinions of Gordon’s supporters on a relocation have been heard, and they believe it would be a bad choice given the cost.
One commenter said: “Why would we make this acquisition while ignoring the midfield? I’m not sure about this choice right now.”
I don’t think he’s worth this much, to be honest, another person said.
Another statement was, “The transfer market is officially messed up.”
An individual tweeted: “Send someone in the opposite direction, please, to lower the total charge. This is insane.”
The player’s relationship with Chelsea is not anticipated to be a problem, although a deal is not about to be finalized. Additionally, there’s a potential that it won’t be finished before the September 1 deadline.
Although Gordon made his debut in 2020, it wasn’t until last season that he solidified his place on the first team.
He was able to contribute two assists and four league goals as the Toffees just avoided the drop.
Following Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest, Lampard, a former Chelsea player, spoke about Gordon and his personal progress without mentioning the ongoing transfer scenario.
According to him, his playing style at age 20 would have prevented him from joining a current Chelsea club. Most likely, I would have had to travel there and make my way onto the team.
“Until I was in my low to mid-twenties – 23, 24, and on – I wasn’t feeling as confident to rack up significant numbers.
It is a process, and players can definitely get better at it by practicing frequently and practicing different circumstances and positions.
They gain confidence and improve as players as they continue to see that it works.
“We never stop working on it. We often work on it with players that assault.
Due to an injury, Everton is now missing their preferred striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and Richarlison was sold to Tottenham Hotspur earlier this summer.
Gordon has three years left on his contract, and if a transfer doesn’t happen, his attitude shouldn’t be a problem.
This summer, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur also expressed interest, but were turned down.