Last season was bittersweet for Anthony Gordon as he enjoyed a breakthrough campaign with Everton, despite the Toffees spending much of it in a relegation battle.
Despite a disappointing year for Everton, Gordon massively impressed and has started both of their opening fixtures, whilst also being linked with a number of different clubs.
While previously attracting the interest of a number of Premier League sides, it is Chelsea that look set to lure Gordon away from his boyhood club.
After having rejected the Blues’ two bids so far, Everton may now have to allow their academy product to leave after it was confirmed yesterday that the forward has handed in a transfer request.
Thomas Tuchel has already bolstered his attack with Raheem Sterling this summer but is still looking to strengthen, with the likes of Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic both struggling to perform consistently well for the club.
Here is everything we know about Gordon and his proposed move to Chelsea:
Who is Anthony Gordon?
Born on Merseyside, Anthony Gordon joined Everton’s academy from Liverpool’s at 11 years old.
The young forward made his first-team debut in a Europa League tie against Apollon Limassol in 2017, but didn’t make his Premier League debut until January 2020.
After making 11 appearances for the Toffees in his debut season in the top flight, Gordon was sent out on loan to Preston North End.
Despite failing to claim any goal contributions during his time with the Lilywhites, Gordon was quickly handed the opportunity to battle for a spot in the first team starting line-up and went onto score his first and second goal for the club in a 3-2 defeat to Brighton in January.
What is Everton’s asking price?
While Everton were eager to keep hold of Gordon following the departure of Richarlison earlier this summer, they now look to have set their price tag after he handed in a transfer request.
It was previously reported that the Merseyside club were holding out for £50m for the youngster, however it looks like they may have upped their price with The Athletic reporting that Chelsea are preparing to cough up a whopping £60m in total to snap him up.
That would make Gordon more expensive than the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Erling Haaland and Gabriel Jesus - despite only scoring four goals in the Premier League.
Everton’s £60m asking price for Gordon certainly seems very high considering he only forced his way into the starting line-up last season.
According to Transfermarkt, the 21-year-old’s valuation is much lower at £18m - despite still having three years remaining on his contract.
His value has sky-rocketed however, having previously been worth £7.2m only eight months ago.
Anthony Gordon signed a new long-term contract with Everton in September 2020 and it is thought that he only earns around £10,000-a-week at Goodison Park.
However, the Daily Mail claimed that the Merseyside club were preparing to offer him a bumper new deal last month, though it is unclear whether they would be improved terms on what Chelsea could offer him.
FIFA 22 rating
Anthony Gordon currently has an overall rating of 72 on FIFA 22, but has a potential of 83.
The youngster’s potential is the third-highest in the Everton team, behind Calvert-Lewin (85) and Ben Godfrey (85).
However, Gordon’s Ultimate Team card is only 67 rated with 79 pace, 70 dribbling, 61 shooting, 31 defending, 60 passing and 55 physical.