ANTHONY GORDON reckons transfer price tags like his own have gone ‘absolutely insane’
Chelsea had turned down several offers for the England Under-21 star this summer and Everton were unwilling to sell their prize money.
It came in a summer when the Blues splashed £62m on Brighton’s Marc Cucurella and £70m on Leicester’s Wesley Fofana.
Fellow Gordon’s Young Lion Morgan Gibbs-White left Wolves for Nottingham Forest in a £42.5million deal.
Gordon himself is valued at around £60million but would never look in the mirror and arrogantly believe he’s worth that staggering amount of dough.
The 21-year-old prodigy said: “Once you do that, there’s only one path you’re going to take.
“You have to stay humble. You need to focus on today and tomorrow and not look too far into the future.
“The money in football, that’s just the way it is these days. It’s absolutely insane.
“I don’t think any player is worth that much money, but I won’t badmouth myself either.
“I haven’t focused on it that much because I can only control what I can control.”
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Newcastle and Tottenham also expressed interest in Gordon this summer but the winger was happy to stay at his boyhood club.
He added: “If you’re doing well, there’s always going to be this speculation.
“But because the place (Everton) is so good it’s not a place where I’m devastated because I have to stay.
“That has never been the case. I was never desperate to leave Everton.”
On the contrary, Gordon appears to be loving life at Goodison Park this season.
He hailed his manager Frank Lampard for being “great” with him all summer while transfer talks surrounded him.
You have to stay humble. You need to focus on today and tomorrow and not look too far into the future.
While the fleet-footed striker believes summer signings like Conor Coady and James Tarkowski have been instrumental in changing the mood at the club.
That pair have already made an impact in supporting Everton at the back, with Lampard’s side conceding just six goals in seven league games so far this season.
If Gordon and co can start pounding more at the top end of the pitch then the Merseyside club should do well to avoid the relegation battle they endured last season.
Gordon added: “We’re in a completely different place than last year. The place is great, I couldn’t praise it more highly at the moment.
“The team we have, the morale we have everywhere is incredible. So I feel really safe.
“We made really, really good signings, people and players. Sometimes the human part can stay a bit under the radar.”
Gordon hasn’t looked like a player struggling under the pressure of seeing his profile soar in recent months.
He has already scored twice this season, drawing back-to-back 1-1 draws at Brentford and Leeds in August.
The striker said: “I like to play with pressure. I thrive under it and my performance always increases with the pressure.
“If I want to be a top player, I have to do it, no matter the pressure.
“I did pretty well, but I can do better. I can always score more goals and such.”
But Gordon knows he needs to improve his record significantly by 20 October, when Gareth Southgate names his England squad for the World Cup, if he is to have any chance of achieving his ambitious goal of shock inclusion.
He impressed in Sheffield United’s Under-21 action at Bramall Lane on Tuesday night as Lee Carsley’s Young Lions came from behind to defeat Germany 3-1.
I don’t think any player is worth that much money, but I won’t badmouth myself either.
His clever flick set off the counterattack that saw Flo Balogun equalize. Gordon then met Conor Gallagher superbly as the hosts took the lead.
Southgate places a high value on a player’s attitude on and off the field.
Therefore, Gordon’s commitment that he would like to play at next summer’s Under-21 Championship, even if he goes to Qatar, is sure to impress the Three Lions manager.
England have not won the competition for 38 years and have failed to make it through the group stage in five of the last six tournaments, although there have been players like Phil Foden, Jordan Henderson and Harry Kane for some of those failures.
Gordon added: “If you look at the previous players who played for England at Under-21 level, they should have won a few tournaments but they didn’t.
“In the back of our minds we want to be the team that does really well.
“I see the camaraderie here in a similar way to Everton. We get along well, I don’t want to say that it’s unusual, but it’s difficult when everyone comes from different clubs.
“We have a really good group, we all interact with each other. Our football sometimes speaks for itself. When we’re on it, we’re unstoppable.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6325297/chelsea-transfer-gordon-everton/ My £60m price tag is crazy… NOBODY is worth it but I won’t badmouth myself, says Chelsea transfer target Gordon