Everton to pay release clause of Aston Villa midfielder, Stoke star to reject Toffees

Everton are keen to improve on their last two seasons, in which they finished 11th. The Toffees have a new coach in Ronald Koeman and are eager to return to the Premier League’s top five.

The club has been linked with a number of players this summer, while some of their biggest starts have been linked with a move away from Goodison Park. Just think about Romelu Lukaku and John Stones.

It’s been obvious that Everton are looking to add more quality to their midfield. Zenit’s Axel Witsel was apparently close to joining the Toffees in a £30 million transfer, but more recent reports have claimed the Belgium international’s transfer to England is far from done.

Now, Everton are set to pay Aston Villa midfielder Idrissa Gueye’s £7.2 million release clause to bolster their squad ahead of the new campaign, according to a report by the Daily Mail.

In the summer of 2015, Leicester City were snubbed by Gueye, who opted to join the Villains. Consequently, the Foxes turned their attention to a player named N’Golo Kante. The 26-year-old was a bright spot for Villa, making 35 Premier League appearances and registering similar stats to Kante.

Everton also wanted to add Stoke’s Marko Arnautovic. However, the Austria international is set to reject the Toffees, who were willing to pay his £12.5 million release clause, and sign a new deal with the Potters, according to a report by the Daily Mail.

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