Anthony Gordon’s high wage demands are causing talks over a potential new contract at Goodison Park to stall, according to reports, with the 21 year old looking to become one of the highest-paid players at the club.
The youngster was linked with a move to Chelsea in the most recent summer transfer window, but manager Frank Lampard was adamant that the forward was going nowhere.
“He’s too important a player and I think he showed his worth in the last two games”, he explained ahead of the deadline.
“Clearly, the interest has been there because he’s a top player. And that’s why we’re so keen to keep him.”
Currently on “just” a reported £10,000 per week, Gordon’s deal expires in 2025, and following his strong start to the season and interest from elsewhere, the Toffees are keen to tie him down beyond that with an increased pay packet to reflect his importance to the side.
However, as per the Sun, this is proving problematic with the two sides still far apart in what they consider a fair reflection of his importance.
“The Gordon camp are looking for wages that reflect the £60million valuation that was on his head at the height of the interest”, they report.
“And they will be looking in the £100,000-a-week range for wages”, it is added, which would make Gordon the joint second-highest-paid player in the Toffees squad, as per Spotrac, level with Jordan Pickford and behind only Yerry Mina.
Everton will also be looking to extend Pickford’s deal, who will likely demand a salary hike as well, meaning that it could be an expensive year for the Merseyside outfit should they wish to keep hold of their star men.
At present, however, Gordon’s contract uncertainty could see clubs continue to circle over the Everton talent.