Idrissa Gueye close to Everton return

Everton are in advanced talks with Paris Saint-Germain to bring Senegalese midfielder Idrissa Gueye back to Goodison Park. The 32-year-old joined Everton from Aston Villa in 2016 and remained their until 2019 when he was bought by PSG for £30 million.

Idrissa Gueye began his career in his native Senegal at Diambars FC before moving on French club Lille in 2008. He made his breakthrough at the Ligue 1 club in the 2010/11 season.

Gueye’s debut for the club came in a Europa League group stage match in September 2010, the midfielder played 78 minutes as Lille drew 1-1 away at Belgian club KAA Gent. His first goal for the club would also come in the Europa League, Gueye scored in a 2-2 draw at home to PSV in the knockout stages, Lille went on to lose 5-3 on aggregate.

The 10/11 season was a very successful one for Lille, Gueye was part of a squad that won the Ligue 1 title as well as the Coupe De France. Gueye started the Coupe De France final against PSG, Lille won the match 1-0.

Idrissa Gueye made various Champions League appearances in his time at Lille but the French club never made it past the group stage.

He left the club in 2015 after 174 appearances, he scored 6 goals and laid on 5 assists whilst at Lille.

On the 10th July 2015, Gueye joined Premier League club Aston Villa for a fee of around £9 million. In the 15/16 season, he made 38 appearances for the Villains, scoring 1 goal. This goal came in a 2-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers in a FA Cup third round replay. This season was a disaster for Villa, they finished rock bottom of the Premier League meaning they were relegated to the Championship, ending their 29-year stay in the top flight.

Despite Villa’s poor season, Gueye still managed to come out of it with some credit and his performances earned him a move to another Premier League club.

In August 2016, Idrissa Gueye joined Everton for a fee of around £7 million. He made his debut for the Toffee’s on the opening day of the 16/17 season, Gueye played the full 90 minutes as Everton drew 1-1 at home to Tottenham Hotspur. His first goal for the club came in a 2-0 win at home to Sunderland in February 2017.

Gueye made the highest number of successful tackles and interceptions per match across Europe’s top five leagues over the 2016 calendar year, this was very impressive considering he spent half the year at a club that finished bottom of the Premier League. He also completed the most tackles in the 16/17 Premier League season.

The midfielder became a mainstay in Everton’s starting XI over the next few years and he attracted interest from some of Europe’s top clubs. PSG made their first approach for him in January 2019 but Everton rejected the offer.

In the 2018/19 season, Gueye was named as the Players’ Player of the Season at Everton and PSG would once again come in for him.

After 107 appearances for Everton, Gueye joined PSG in the summer of 2019 for a fee of £30 million.

Idrissa Gueye has won an abundance of trophies in his time at PSG. He won the Ligue 1 title in the 2019/20 and 21/22 seasons, the Coupe De France in the 19/20 and 20/21 seasons, the Coupe de la Ligue in the 19/20 season and the Trophée des Champions in 2022.

In his time at PSG, Gueye scored his first Champions League goal, this came in a 2-0 win at home to Manchester City in September 2021.

Gueye has made 111 appearances for PSG, scoring 7 goals, laying on 6 assists and winning 6 trophies.

He has also enjoyed success on the international stage. Gueye made his debut for Senegal in 2011 and has played for his country 94 times so far. Earlier this year, Gueye was part of the Senegal team that won the Africa Cup of Nations.

Gueye has won a few individual accolades for his performances for Senegal. He was named in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Team of the Tournament, the 2019 CAF Team of the Year and the 2020 IFFHS CAF Men Team of The Year.

His transfer back to Everton hasn’t been finalised yet but it looks likely to happen. Gueye is proven in the Premier League so this is big positive for Everton but he is now the wrong side of thirty. This could mean that his greater days are behind him.

Everton begin their 2022/23 Premier League campaign against Chelsea on Saturday.