Everton are in a bit of an awkward spot this summer.
Frank Lampard clearly needs to strengthen the squad after almost suffering relegation from the Premier League last season, but their spending power will be severely limited due to the amount of money the club wasted in seasons gone by. As a result, they will be forced to sell before they can buy.
There is sure to be plenty of interest in a few of their squad members, with rumours circulating that Spurs are willing to make a mega offer to bring two of their players to North London.
It has been suggested by The Sun that Tottenham are ready to submit a £100million combined bid for both Richarlison and Anthony Gordon. That seems like an inflated price for those two players, but not all are convinced that Everton should accept it.
Simon Jordan not convinced by Spurs' £100million Everton bid
Simon Jordan believes that Everton would be foolish to take that offer.
Speaking on talkSPORT, the former Crystal Palace chairman said that selling academy product Anthony Gordon would send the wrong message at Goodison Park, although Richarlison could be sold if they receive a fair price.
🔥 “Anthony Gordon.. they need a kick up the jacksie, if they let that one happen!”
“That’s the exact antithesis of what you would want to do with academy players.”
Simon Jordan says #EFC would be very foolish to let go of Anthony Gordon. 🔵 pic.twitter.com/G9szUggDDm
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) June 28, 2022
You wouldn’t want a player developed through your academy that absolutely understands the value of playing for a football club... and then sell him.
That’s the exact antithesis of what you want to do with your academy players.
Of course, they will turn around and say, whoever is making the argument for that sale, 'there’s bigger profitability in an academy player being sold because it’s less on our balance sheet’. That’s not the way you should be running your business...
Anthony Gordon, they [Everton] need a kick up the jacksie if they let that one happen. Richarlison I think is the one that will be sold. Unless people start lowballing them, if people think they can take advantage of Everton being in some sort of comprisable position around needing to retain profits to be able to buy new players then they will seek to do that.
If Everton want proper value for Richarlison and somebody is prepared to pay proper value for Richarlison, Richarlison will come to the table. I guarantee he will say ‘I want to go’.
Jordan has a point about establishing a culture at a club, but there comes a point when the money is difficult to turn down.
It will be interesting to see how Everton approach these negotiations.