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Everton have been linked with a move for Lyon star Rachid Ghezzal, with reports that they’ve been unsuccessful with an opening bid for the Algeria winger.
It’s understood that the club are still interested in a move despite recently signing Yannick Bolasie, but they’ve baulked at the price being quoted for the player. It’s understood that Lyon want at least £8.6m if they are to seriously consider offers coming in.
His contract runs out next season, so they could be interested in ensuring that they get some kind of compensation for bringing the player through the formative years of his career.
Ghezzal is also a target for West Ham and Arsenal, with both London clubs said to be keeping tabs on him. However, it’s understood that Everton aren’t the only English club that has made an offer so far, with L’Equipe saying that the Hammers have also tabled a bid worth £8m.
Le Parisien reports that Lyon are in the process of offering the player a new contract, which could be enough to keep him at the club for the foreseeable future. It would also put an end to any talk of the player forcing through a move due to the short length of his current deal.
They’ve offered him a contract worth a reported £40,000 per week, which could be enough of an incentive to keep him in France for the time being.
Ghezzal has been with Lyon for the entirely of his career and there’s no sense that the player wants to leave. In fact, it’s said that he’s unsure of the move, as he isn’t sure if Everton is the ideal location to ply his trade for the foreseeable future.
He could accept the terms of his new offer, and wait for ‘bigger’ clubs to come for him in due course. It’s also possible that he’d be missing out on the best chance of his early career by joining a solid Premier League team, which would also place him in the shop window if he still wanted a move away in the next few years.
Despite being born in France, he eventually decided to play for Algeria, and he’s slowly become one of the key personnel for his national team over the last year. Five goals in six appearances shows just how important he’s become since making his debut in 2015.
Everton recently completed the signing of Yannick Bolasie, which means they’ve got one of the trickiest players in the league at their disposal. If Ghezzal doesn’t want to join, it’s probably his loss, although he does have enough talent to make the Toffee’s look back wistfully at what could have been.
Here’s a highlight reel from last season, showing off just what he has to offer to whichever club is lucky enough to secure his services in future.
Ghezzal could be a great option for the Premier League clubs that are said to be chasing him, but it means nothing if the player himself isn’t willing to make the move. The index score is high thanks to the multiple rumours stemming from France, but it’s worth noting that it’s all down to the player, and Lyon would probably prefer to keep him if possible.
(As well as his obvious talent, there’s also the allure of a potential big money deal down the line if he continues to fulfill his potential.
There’s a chance that he could be a Premier League player by the time the window closes, and he could prove to be an astute buy if he comes in for under £10m. For now, we’ll have to wait and see if Everton or West Ham can convince him to move down to Liverpool or London.