Football £35m fee for former Aston Villa star as Manchester...

£35m fee for former Aston Villa star as Manchester United plot transfer

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Manchester United will move for Idrissa Gueye as part of a massive transfer shake-up at Old Trafford, according to reports.

The former Aston Villa midfielder is said to be part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans for next season with United keen to strike a deal with Everton.

United are keen to add a new option in central midfield with Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera having departed this year.

Gueye arrived at Goodison Park after Everton triggered a release clause in the his contract – believed to be around £7million – following Villa’s relegation from the Premier League in 2016.

Idrissa Gueye

He has impressed since and Everton want around £35m to sanction a sale this summer, according to the Manchester Evening News.

They knocked back two bids from Paris Saint Germain in January, the second of which reached £26m.

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Everton boss Marco Silva was asked last month about Gueye’s response to that failed move. He said: “Firstly, he showed me and all of you how he is a good professional.

“Sometimes, when you have an opportunity in your mind but you lose it because you have a contract with the club and you are an important player for that club, and you miss out on what could be your dream, sometimes it is not easy for a player.

“He is showing how he is a good professional and how he is working really hard.  He is having a very good season, his best season at Everton.  He is improving, knowing better what I want coming from a player in his position.”

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On potential interest this summer, Silva said: “Let’s see.  He is an important player and will continue being an important player but about what can happen in the summer or not, this is something I cannot control but we are really happy with him.”

Gueye made 38 appearances in his solitary season at Villa Park after joining from French side Lille.

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