Frank Lampard has denied Everton have received a £60million bid for Anthony Gordon from Chelsea and insists the wantaway winger will be in his squad for tomorrow’s match against Brentford. The 21-year-old shot to prominence last season and played a key role in Everton’s successful fight against relegation.
Thomas Tuchel is hoping to rejuvenate his forward line in the remaining weeks of the transfer window having seen his side waste a number of presentable opportunities during last week’s damaging 3-0 defeat at Leeds. The Chelsea manager was regularly frustrated last season by his side’s lacak of ruthlessness in front of goal and was taken by Gordon’s performance during Chelsea’s defeat at Goodison Park back in May.
Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s game, however, Lampard remained adamant that the academy graduate would feature tomorrow and won’t be taken out of the firing line as Wesley Fofana, the unsettled Leicester defender, has been by Brendan Rodgers’ amid Chelsea’s interest. He said:
‘No it hasn’t come in. He’s our player and remains so. He’s in the squad for tomorrow. They haven’t bid £60million.’ One player who has left Merseyside this week is Dele Alli whose brief spell at Everton came to an official end yesterday after he joined Besiktas. The England international joined in January but failed to make any sort of impact having arrived in the hope of kick-starting a career that has stalled alarmingly over the course of the last three years.
‘I think it’s the right thing,’ said Lampard. ‘It hasn’t worked out for Dele here, for different reasons. He can go there now and play games. We’ll see how it goes.’
Everton have started the new campaign in disappointing fashion, picking up just a solitary point from their opening three games with goals in short supply. Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s injury, hot on the heels of Richarlison’s sale to Tottenham, hasn’t helped matters but Lampard insists funds for a new forward are available regardless of Gordon’s future. He said:
Yes, I do. These thing are obviously relative. I’m not saying the number that we’ve got but we will improve in that position by the end of this window. ‘We must be calm (with Dominic) because we can’t push him at this stage. It will be tough but hopefully we can look at the games after that Liverpool game.’