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Opinion – Idrissa Gueye unlikely to get second shot at PSG

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PSG are unlikely to come back for the Everton midfielder

In a quiet January transfer window by Premier League standards, Idrissa Gueye’s failed move to PSG became one of the biggest stories.

The Senegal international did his best to make a move happen. Between spending deadline day in Paris to handing in a transfer request, it was evident he wanted out of Everton.

However, the Blues refused to budge, though. PSG wouldn’t pay what they wanted, and that was that. Not for Gueye, it seems. He’s made it clear he hopes the French champions will come calling again in the summer. He even hopes that if it’s not them, it’ll be someone else.

Lack of respect to his current club aside, it’s hard to imagine that’s going to happen. As talented as a player he may be there is unlikely to be a queue of clubs lining up to sign him.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: Idrissa Gueye of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton FC and West Ham United at Goodison Park on September 16, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

His age is a significant issue for a start. At 29-years-old he’s at the wrong end of the spectrum. He has, if he’s lucky, three good years left in him. With Everton demanding £30 million plus for his signature that is a deal that a lot of clubs would fail to find value in.

Even in this modern, money rich football world, there aren’t many clubs who can comfortably splash £30 million plus on a player nearing 30. Above all, it just doesn’t make good business sense. And as we know, that rules football these days.

PSG didn’t think it was valuable in January, and they’re unlikely to change that stance, particularly in the summer. FFP limited the Parisians in this window but that won’t be the case come the next transfer window. With more money to spend, they’ll look elsewhere.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – APRIL 11: Marquinhos of Paris Saint-Germain walks out for a training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg match against Manchester City at Etihad Stadium on April 11, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

By that point, though, they may not have to. While they missed out on Gueye, they did secure a deal for Leandro Paredes. He now has several months to make the position his own. There’s every chance he will do just that. He’s not the ball winning midfielder that the side needs, but he’s talented nonetheless.

Thomas Tuchel may find he no longer needs a Gueye type player. Even if Paredes does not own the role, Marquinhos may step up instead. The Brazilian has moved into midfield in recent weeks amid an injury crisis and has flourished.

There are some who think he may be better suited to defensive midfield than central defence moving forward. His superb performance in the 2-0 win over Manchester United in the Champions League added credence to that belief.

Whatever happens, it’s hard to see PSG making a return for Gueye this summer. With more money available to work with, they will be able to focus on better players than the Everton midfielder.

Not that they may have to. With Paredes bedding in and Marquinhos shining in his new role, a defensive midfielder may no longer be a priority.

Unfortunately for Gueye, everything was in his favour in January. He was in a price range PSG could afford in a position that needed strengthening. Come the summer, neither of those factors will be relevant. His future may not lie at Goodison Park but its unlikely to be in Paris either.