Everton attacker Anthony Gordon has finally opened up about Chelsea’s high-profile pursuit of him during the summer transfer window and believes the figures quoted were “insane”.
The 21-year-old, who was initially linked with a move to Tottenham earlier in the window, became a late target for the Blues in late August.
Some reports claimed Chelsea were ready to offer up to £60m to sign the England Under-21 international, which would have made him one of the most expensive British players of all time.
Gordon has now addressed the spate of transfer speculation that surrounded him at the start of the season and says even he was surprised by the reported totals.
Asked about Chelsea’s approach, Gordon said: “This is football these days – it’s absolutely crazy. Personally, I don’t think any player is worth that much money, but I’m not going to badmouth myself either.
“Money in football, that’s how it is these days. Nowadays you also constantly pay for potential. That’s how football works.
“I haven’t focused on it that much because I can only control what I can control. I think the moment you do that (and think he’s a £60m player) there’s only one path you’re going to take.
“You have to be humble. You need to focus on today and tomorrow and not look too far into the future.
“It’s part of football. If you’re doing well, there will always 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. It definitely wasn’t the case.’
Gordon has started the season in fine form despite being placed in an unfamiliar role at the helm in the absence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and believes he has an outside chance of being included in England’s World Cup squad.
He continued: “If I didn’t have the ambition to play for England at the World Cup I would be a bit stupid, but I understand the squad is so good at the moment it will be really difficult to get in.
“I’m 100 percent focused on getting into the World Cup squad. If it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen. It’s out of my control but I’ll definitely do my best. To get there I need to score a lot of goals in the next few games. I’m ready for this challenge. I am hopefull.’
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