Player Valuation: £70m
Because his profile was raised by PSG's interest, which seems to have been largely based on their FFP restrictions, and this has been followed by Everton doing the old Moyes trick of hitting form when there's nothing to play for. That's all conjecture, obviously, but it's my take.
United are a club that doesn't know what it's doing in the transfer market, and Everton should make the most of any opportunity to take them to the cleaners before they bring in a competent director of football. They're about to lose Herrera and Pogba, and have had their fingers burned with Fred, so they could well see Gana as a safe bet in the short-term.
He isn't a terrible player, but nor is he anything special, which is why I don't think that it would difficult to find a younger, cheaper replacement.
The fact that he has put in more tackles,won more possession and has more interceptions than practically every other player in the league might have something to do with as well
PSG were not buying him to sell more shirts
They were looking at him because they weren't allowed to spend more than £30m.
He's a great athlete, but he's extremely poor in possession. Not cashing in on him before he starts to decline physically would represent very short-term thinking.
Will he decline though? He's not got pace, so he won't slow down. Could actually continue to improve, like Barry.
I do agree that he could be much better in possession and could offer more going forward.
I think he's more of a reactive, destroyer type, but I'm sure he's still got a few years left in his legs. He's just not someone that I particularly rate, and I think this is a perfect opportunity to make a lot of money on him.
He really isn't mate. They bought Torreira for that job. Xhaka is their Barry.
Hes been class since he had a day off during the PSG interest.One of the most baffling comments on here. Cannot believe there are some who don't understand how important he is.
Theres no doubt hes exceptional defensively and if he was at Man Utd / City or another money club they would keep him.
But we simply cant turn down summer window bids for our players around 30. We need to build a team to compete and sacrifices have to be made.
Id sell him for £25mil with no expectations of a replacement being superior defensively. If we could get £35mil for me thats robbery.
We have to trust in Brands (and Silva) to bring in top class young players who will push us on to the next level.
If you trust the DOF then you have to hope hes going to bring in the next young Kante/Makalele/Busquets to push us on.