Gordon reportedly agreed to personal terms with the London club last week, and the Toffees reportedly accepted a bid worth £50 million plus an additional £10 million in add-ons. However, Frank Lampard has since denied that the club ever received a bid worth that amount after already rejecting two offers from them.
On Sunday morning, there were some claims from Football Insider claiming that a fresh offer of £25 million plus Conor Gallagher and Armando Broja had been submitted. However, Smith said that his sources have denied that a new offer has been submitted.
From his own Twitter account, he posted, “Sources on both [Everton] and [Chelsea] sides have disputed the fresh reported bid that is circulating today,” [28 August, 12:52].
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Despite Lampard’s assertion that the transaction has an internal deadline, it is still anticipated that a deal will be reached before the transfer window closes on Thursday.
In this unusual situation, Everton will probably prevail, but only if they are able to allow themselves enough time to utilise the money to replace him should he go.
Gordon isn’t worth the money that is now being offered to him, and practically all of his followers are fully aware of this. However, money that cannot be spent is essentially meaningless.
Even with the additions of Dwight McNeil and Neal Maupay from Brighton and Burnley, respectively, in the summer, the squad still lacks a shocking amount of talent and alternatives in attack.
Only three goals have been scored so far this season, one of which was an own goal, demonstrating the need for goals and assists. This drama has to come to an end as quickly as possible, but the bid seemed much too good to be true to begin with, so it should come as no surprise that it isn’t.