Aston Villa are looking increasingly helpless in their battle to keep Idrissa Gana in Birmingham for their Football League Championship campaign.
Not only has Gana got a stupidly low release clause of around £7 million (supposedly so to grab his interest in the first place, but why bother?), but only one bidder has come forward for the midfielder. That bidder is Everton FC.
According to ESPN FC, Gana is a medical away from moving to Merseyside. Idrissa Gana had a pretty good year at Villa and is a very similar player to both N’Golo Kante of Chelsea and Victor Wanyama of Tottenham Hotspur.
Villa’s CEO Keith Wyness offered a ‘hands off’ message to any potential suitors, but that last-gasp attempt looks to be dead in the water as Everton are poised to snatch the Senegalese star from Villa Park.
Wyness’ words could be seen as a last-ditch effort to tempt clubs to start a bidding war for the midfielder, as ‘hands off’ messages usually have the opposite effect. It’s thought that Gana’s contract may allow him a small percentage of any transfer fee offered for him, meaning a transfer offer higher than his release clause could be a possibility.
That won’t be the case and Villa will lose £2 million on an emerging star. That’s the bad news, the good news is that he’s not exactly irreplaceable.