Newcastle United would have to make an “astronomical offer” to Everton for the Merseyside club to consider selling winger Anthony Gordon.
That is according to Keith Downie of Sky Sports, who was speaking to This is Futbol about the Magpies’ potential transfer business before the window shuts in September.
Sky Sports revealed earlier in July that Eddie Howe’s side had identified Gordon as a target for the club this summer, but no official bid had been submitted.
However, the same report suggested there has been contact between the two clubs, but Everton are determined to keep hold of the 21-year-old winger.
The same news outlet also stated that there are various reports suggesting that a figure of £35m had been quoted for the four-time England U21 international.
And Downie believes that it would take a huge fee for Everton to part ways with their homegrown talent.
He said: “You look at someone like Anthony Gordon, for example, and what he’s got front of him, you can see why Everton are going to quote such a high figure.
“I don’t think they’ve even quoted [a price], I think they’ve pretty much made it clear that he’s not for sale.
“It would take an astronomical offer for them to deal, given the fact they’ve already lost Richarlison this summer.”
TIF Thoughts on Downie’s comments
We believe that Downie is correct in suggesting that Everton will claim a high figure for Gordon, with the club not wanting to part with a talent that they played a significant part in producing.
However, if Newcastle were to put in a bid of £35m or more as previously suggested, it might be hard for the Merseyside club to turn down, with the club struggling to buy players this summer in order to comply with Financial Fair Play measures.
However, we still feel that Howe’s side will be unable to secure the signing of Gordon this summer, as they may feel that £35m or more is more than what they are willing to pay.