Today Idrissa Gana Gueye took to Twitter to thank Everton fans for their support, through thick and thin, and explained that he couldn’t turn down a move to a club like Paris Saint Germain.
The Blues are now left with a huge gap in midfield which Director of Football Marcel Brands will already have a few names to try.
It may be that Silva wants new signing Fabian Delph to play a central role for the team but it’s likely that Everton will want to replace Gueye with a more long term option.
Marco Silva has said in the past that, in his system, he prefers a defensive midfielder to play a more passing-orientated role as well as being able to screen his defence.
Southampton’s Mario Lemina is reported to be one of the names on Brands’ shortlist, reportedly valued at £20m.
Another name in the rumour mill currently is River Plate’s £13m defensive midfielder Santiago Sosa.