Silva confirms Everton rejected £22m PSG bid for Gueye

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The Toffees have knocked back one big-money approach from the Ligue 1 champions for a midfield star who has generated plenty of interest

Everton manager Marco Silva has confirmed the club have rejected a bid from Paris Saint-Germain for combative midfielder Idrissa Gueye.

Although cruising towards back-to-back Ligue 1 title triumphs, PSG find themselves in a difficult position with their midfield options.

Lassana Diarra is reportedly mulling over retirement, Adrien Rabiot has been ostracised after refusing to sign a new contract and is expected to leave, while Marco Verratti is suffering from an ankle injury.

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It is no secret the club are looking for reinforcements, with Zenit's Leandro Paredes also mooted as a target, but Gueye – for whom PSG are said to have offered £22 million ($29m) – will be staying put if Everton can help it.

"We have rejected the offer," Silva told reporters at a news conference on Monday.

"He is a really important player to us, we don't put [players] on the market.

"For clubs to buy our players, they have to look for the value of the player. I cannot see this price as the right value for the player.

"You know my opinion since the first day you started speaking about this possible offer.

"From a technical point of view, as a manager, he is a really important player for us, and he is one player we don't think to lose in this market.

"Of course, after some moments it is a matter of money and it is up to the club to decide, but from my technical point of view he is a player who is really important for us."

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