Chelsea could agree to send Anthony Gordon back to Everton on loan to seal a transfer for the winger this month. But Newcastle United are favourites to sign the England U21 talent.
That is according to BBC Sport, which reports Chelsea have drawn up plans to see Gordon move to west London. Yet it is more likely at present that the forward heads for Tyneside if the 21-year-old leaves Merseyside. Both clubs will step up their efforts in the coming days.
Chelsea and Newcastle are keen to pursue a transfer for Gordon as Everton are now more likely to let him leave than they were last year. The Toffees rebuffed the Blues and the Toon’s advances over the off-season. But Frank Lampard’s sacking has now changed the picture.
Everton are now willing to consider offers for their academy product to bolster the budget available to Lampard’s replacement. Yet neither Chelsea nor Newcastle are likely to submit bids around the £60m that the Toffees desire. Nor is it likely that Gordon goes for as much.
Gordon has endured a lacklustre season so far since seeing a move to Stamford Bridge fall through last summer. He burst out of the gates with two goals during his first five matches of the Premier League season. But he has only hit home once more during his following 14.
Lampard also left Gordon as an unused substitute at West Ham United in what proved to be his final game. The former Toffees boss had also reduced his reliance on the Liverpool-born dynamo as the campaign wore on. He only started Gordon in 12 of his 16 top-flight games.
Chelsea could loan Gordon back to Everton to beat Newcastle to his transfer
Chelsea were ready to pay Everton £50m, plus £10m in add-ons, for Gordon’s transfer last August, per The Athletic. The forward also told the Goodison Park hierarchy and Lampard that he wanted to leave for Stamford Bridge. He was among Thomas Tuchel’s top targets.
Yet the Blues sacking Tuchel and appointing Graham Potter has not diminished their desire to sign the winger. But Everton could now keep Gordon on loan for the rest of this season if they agree to permit his permanent transfer to Chelsea, and not Newcastle, during January.
Everton accepting Chelsea’s loan-back transfer proposal for Gordon would afford whoever replaces Lampard an attacker Danny Murphy considers ‘phenomenal’. The Blues’ offer can also force Newcastle to up their bid with Sky Sports citing a £40m price tag to clinch a deal.