According to The Guardian, the Blues would have to shell out £35m to land Batshuayi with a loan deal off the table unless Kurt Zouma is the one signed in a permanent deal. Premier League rules forbid a club from loaning more than one player from a rival team.
Batshuayi has been on loan at Valencia this season but was due to be sent back to London halfway through his spell with the Liga outfit.
A loan move to Monaco looked close to completion earlier this month but it fell through leaving the Belgian in limbo unless he can secure a move elsewhere.
Everton officials are on record as saying that there would be no incoming signings this month without outgoing player sales. Midfielder Idrissa Gueye is the subject of a bid from Paris St Germain but the Blues are said to be holding out for £35m for the Senegal international.
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1 Posted 30/01/2019 at 20:44:15
2 Posted 30/01/2019 at 20:47:35
I would say Yes.
3 Posted 30/01/2019 at 20:53:42
Agree with Steve, not worth £20m and is a big gamble. Most recent performances are not of a £35m player and the Premier League is a tougher environment.
Valencia's La Liga stats, 2018-19:
Buy Zouma with the dosh so he becomes an EFC player then were free to loan Batshuyai from Chelsea and send him back free of charge if it is not going to plan.
Free to plan and make a better decision in the summer.
4 Posted 30/01/2019 at 20:57:02
5 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:00:35
6 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:01:41
He was pretty good for Marseille before he entered that limbo and if he could find that sort of form then he'd be a very good signing. Over his whole career he has 52 goals in 7661 minutes, just over one every two matches. Handy enough.
But there are reasons why neither Dortmund nor Valencia wanted him permanently, his link play is suspicious and his appetite questionable. It's been a while since he really shone. I'd say £35m is steep. I'd take him for £15-20m. Brands will have an idea of what other strikers are out there and may be available this summer.
7 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:01:57
8 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:02:28
9 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:02:30
It was only a fortnight or so ago, saying that Batshuayi could be available for £14M, how come he is suddenly up to £35M on the vinegar stroke of the Transfer Deadline?
10 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:04:30
11 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:05:17
12 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:06:23
13 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:08:56
If loaning him depends on signing Zouma, then this is no-brainer. Zouma's been our standout defender - perhaps player overall - for a large part of the season, and is probably the only reason we've gotten anything out of the congested winter fixture.
14 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:10:07
You have to pay over the odds for every player at the moment, unless you try to unearth a gem... which again is a risk.
I don't however think we should buy him... although we definitely need a striker. Richarlison definitely wants one too, going by his recent comments.
15 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:12:28
16 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:12:44
17 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:16:50
18 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:17:09
As for ‘the Bat . not sure I can take him seriously since he smashed the ball into his own face off the post when celebrating from 4 inches out (that still creases me up)... and not worth signing permenantly - loan with option to buy for £18m (if we bought Zouma) if he does not stink the place out (which he undoubtably would)
Just in case you missed it the first time round - Link
19 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:18:02
As for Batshuayi; anything over £20m is a waste, it's a bad time to buy anyone, our season is over and we've got question marks over Silva's future. 4 good reasons to swerve this deal!
20 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:19:01
21 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:27:35
The dudes in the suits would have to sort that one out, but at least it would allow us to assess whether he could work for us, as I have said on many occasions. It's very much a case of 'horses for courses, whether he would be a success or not, at least it wouldn't be money wasted blindly.
22 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:33:11
I can't see Brands nor Moshiri sanctioning £35m on this player, like many have said on this thread, go for Zouma, as he's done well for us, assuming he'd stay.
But money talks, and I still sense Gana will be gone soon.
The question is, come the summer, who will be available and who'd want to play for Everton, in context of any top genuine quality player?
Gonna be some clear out sale this summer.
23 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:36:26
This sounds a bit of a panic buy. Our season is over. Might be best to spend whatever money we have on someone Brands & Silva really wants in the summer.
Silva has enough on his plate with the mob he already has.
Keep clear and reassess things in the summer.
24 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:38:22
25 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:39:22
Rather take a short term loan for Charlie Austin to get us through until May.
26 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:41:53
27 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:49:42
28 Posted 30/01/2019 at 22:07:37
29 Posted 30/01/2019 at 22:12:34
Clearly there's some panel who come up with these things. Presumably ex pros or something. But there's our Calvert-Lewin being singled out as a future star. That'll shock 90% of those on here.
It might mean nothing, but this kid does have talent and I think he needs more playing time. Despite his terrible last two appearances. I'll make it three and include last night where I thought he should have come on and played at full speed, chasing everyone down and running after everything, yet he looked a bit too pedestrian.
I find him infuriating. He's got the world at his finger tips and he needs a kick up the arse or something. He needs to develop a nasty streak. We all have them. Just work out how to wind him up and send him on the pitch angry. I think he'll be a better player for it.
30 Posted 30/01/2019 at 22:18:51
We can keep saying Calvert-Lewin needs playing time but he has started many games and offered nothing at all lets be honest.
How much longer (hes 22 next month) before we all just have to simply accept that like many players across the eras, Cadamarteri, Vaughan, Anichebe to name a few, hes just a better impact as substitute.
31 Posted 30/01/2019 at 22:25:51
I'd also give Kenny more playing time as I reckon he could save us a fortune on buying a replacement for Coleman.
32 Posted 30/01/2019 at 22:30:36
Steve, I agree he looks to have the potential to be special. But, hey, and forgive me for this hobby horse, he is being coached by the "legend".
What is, "sore back, sent off, let his teammates down, bullying (of the disabled)" got to do with coaching Dominic? Anyone know?
33 Posted 30/01/2019 at 22:31:20
Victor never made the most of what he had. Ive never seen such a brute be such a wimp. He should have been knocking defenders over, yet it was him on his arse looking at the ref, most of the time.
Cadamarteri has a freak season no one saw coming and traded it off it for years. His youth coach said he was close to being released a year before he exploded on the scene.
Calvert-Lewin is as quick as Vaughan. He was a great build and the frame to properly bulk up (if he wants to), he has better technique than the three you named and hes started scoring goals. Hes goals per minute is quite impressive this season. So Jim, I refuse to give up on him. Hes a player we can polish into a diamond. If he was a Brazilian u20 World Cup winner, wed have paid a fortune for him and hed have played a lot more games.
Has he ever started 5 games in a row? I dont think hes ever had 3 in a row up top has he? Sharpy said hes unsure on him, but he cant be sure until he plays five in a row and is finally given a real run in the side.
34 Posted 30/01/2019 at 22:32:16
Sell Gana. Who's had his head turned and sign him with the money.
35 Posted 30/01/2019 at 22:33:34
36 Posted 30/01/2019 at 22:38:59
37 Posted 30/01/2019 at 22:40:15
I'd also agree with others above, if given the choice, I would sign Zouma in a heartbeat and loan Batshuayi, Zouma has proved his worth; the latter hasn't.
38 Posted 30/01/2019 at 22:40:46
My thoughts exactly. Calvert-Lewin is another average academy player who, at 23, will be playing for the likes of Sunderland or MK Dons.
Give me Batshuay any day, that price is not too bad and we might get £8 or 10 million for Calvert-Lewin towards his fee.
39 Posted 30/01/2019 at 22:44:22
Part of me wishes he could get 6 months in the championship starting every game to see if he really does have the desire to fight.
40 Posted 30/01/2019 at 22:52:00
Buy Zouma and loan Batshuayi.
Even if we cant loan Batshuayi, still buy Zouma. Hes our best CB.
41 Posted 30/01/2019 at 22:58:00
42 Posted 30/01/2019 at 22:59:55
Let's see what they've got over a sustained period. If there are no signs that they have what's needed by the summer, then go into the transfer market. We won't get a better opportunity to assess them and it may save a few quid.
With Batshuayi, I can't say I've genuinely seen enough of him to really judge the lad but if he really is as average as many seem to think and we do pay over the odds, then what does that say about our new director of football? For me, I'm happy to judge him in an Everton shirt if he signs.
43 Posted 30/01/2019 at 23:01:30
You and I and many on this site know that Dominic has it all bar, maybe, just maybe not what the extra bit is. What I can say, in my view is that Duncan fucking Ferguson should not be mentoring my cat.
Spot on re Vaughan. Fucked over by Moyes. He got five minutes, time after time to show his worth. Ran like a mad man,then did it again. Tried his heart out,got injured, then tried it again. A monumental example of a player wasted, badly coached and let down by short term, short-sighted, ineptitude.
44 Posted 30/01/2019 at 23:06:48
He is certainly no Lukaku and if we are to ever get back on track thats the sort of level we should be aiming at.
I totally agree with Steve that Calvert-Lewin is far less of a risk and may just develop into the striker we all want him to be but for me Batshuayi, even at £20M is a No Thanks.
45 Posted 30/01/2019 at 23:13:23
Sure, he has a decent physique, he's quick and he has good feet, but then so did fucking Shergar and he never even got a place on our bench.
46 Posted 30/01/2019 at 23:18:58
Unless quiet negotiations have been going on since and maybe even before January 1st. it's highly unlikely there will be any incomings.
If Batshuayi is not good enough to start for Chelski then Everton shouldn't even think about buying him now or even later.
47 Posted 30/01/2019 at 23:22:51
He looks out of his depth when he starts games and for me he is missing too many key components to be a top player, for a centre forward aggression and tenacity is crucial and I think too many games leave him by without him getting his kit dirty.
He will pinch you maybe five or six goals a season from the bench but I don't think it will ever be anything that much better than that, perhaps that's not a bad option from the bench for a couple more seasons but if we are desperately wanting the next level, Calvert-Lewin will not be the answer as number one striker.
48 Posted 30/01/2019 at 23:24:34
Someone who can run the channels and stretch teams
Hell get 10-15 goals a season too plus his link up play can develop (his touch isnt as bad as Lukakus)
Finally Some good news (hopefully)
49 Posted 30/01/2019 at 23:29:20
50 Posted 30/01/2019 at 23:34:54
Lakuka couldn't get a start with Chelsea.
51 Posted 30/01/2019 at 23:36:18
He certainly had it when he scored in the U20 world cup final. He hit it at the keeper, but kept his cool and tapped home the rebound. As for scoring 5 or 6, he's scored 6 already this season. 6 goals in 921 minutes. That's 1 goal every 153 minutes, which is better than a goal every two games, and something people were lauding Batshuyai for.
I would steer clear of Batshuyai, who I think is marginally better than Calvert-Lewin and put some faith in him, and task Brands with finding a better quality striker, someone who can really become world class. Batshuyai will never be better than he is, and that is someone not good enough for the top 6, so why waste £35M and £100k a week on him? Save the cash and put it to better use.
52 Posted 30/01/2019 at 23:37:13
"Has Calvert-Lewin ever started 5 games in a row? I don't think he's ever had 3 in a row up top has he?"
Ahem! I think this one was done to death and put to bed a few weeks ago when it was questioned how much game time he had last season before Tosun arrived.
Dom actually featured in 34 of the 35 games Everton played before Tosun turned up, and started the overwhelming majority of them. He also predominantly played the lead forward role in those games, so he most definitely has had many a consecutive game in his preferred role.
In that time, although not prolific, which was hardly surprising in the malfunctioning Everton of last season, he was one of the better players, putting many a senior man to shame.
I feel this season he has not taken the chances offered (selection wise) to cement the lead forward role as his own. He has had some impressive moments and scored some very good goals, but I personally think he looked more impressive last season.
That disappoints me, but I'm not ready to give up on him yet as some are.
I think Silva missed a trick by persisting with Richarlison in the #9 position for too long, when Tosun was seemingly out of favour. The manager missed an opportunity to give Calvert-Lewin a run of games that, like you, I believe he could benefit from.
But it also has to be acknowledged he was given a starting role in two consecutive games before Huddersfield last night, and he really didn't make a case for himself.
The way Tosun played at Milwall and Huddersfield now elevates him ahead of Dominic for the #9 role.
I'd also agree with you on James Vaughan. He was a helluva talent, but his bravery and the injuries he incurred did for him at an early age.
I was at Goodison for the game against Sunderland last season you referenced and he was well up for it. He gave Keane a really rugged evening. Indeed, wasn't it James that caught Keane on the foot that caused the long-term injury that Michael only recently revealed?
That game, of course, was one example when Calvert-Lewin played centre-forward, bagged a brace and hit the post to deny him a hat-trick.
Dominic was the best player on the park that night, with Tom Davies not far behind him.
53 Posted 30/01/2019 at 23:49:53
Big, strong, nasty, mean, good in the air good on the ground and more importantly scores goals.
I dont think he will be at Fulham next season.
54 Posted 30/01/2019 at 23:54:30
Southampton 4-1 defeat away – got an assist
West Ham 4-0 win home
Huddersfield 2-0 home win – goal and assist
Liverpool 1-1 away draw – assist (he won the penalty)
Newcastle 1-0 away win
Swansea 3-1 home win – scored 1
Chelsea 0-0 home draw
West Brom 0-0 away draw – subbed at the hour
Bournemouth 2-1 away defeat – subbed after 55 minutes
8 games, 4 wins, 2 draws, 2 defeats, 1.75 points per game (67 points over a season).
That's not a bad run for me. Sure, I'd like to see more goals, but we had our best spell last season when it was him leading the line.
55 Posted 30/01/2019 at 23:59:20
He's just big and strong and not much else. I fail to see how he'd fit into our side with Sigurdsson, Bernard, Lookman and Richarlison. He's more of a throw back to 80s football. We need a more complete player to make the top 6.
56 Posted 31/01/2019 at 00:15:32
In Unsworth's swansong game against West Ham, it was Dom who chased down Hart, pressuring him to shank the ball to Rooney who scored his wonder goal from his own half.
I also thought he played a part in either the scored or missed penalty (but eventually scored) by Rooney that night.
Away to Newcastle, he was very instrumental in the slick goal that Rooney scored to win the match for us.
By the time we played West Brom and Bournemouth over the Xmas period, he was looking really goosed, but Allardyce kept picking him.
Dominic, for me, was only second behind Pickford as our young player of the year last season. And of course, Pickford made a clean sweep of all the player awards.
57 Posted 31/01/2019 at 00:49:34
Everton have sent the same scout to each of the last five Benfica games. Clearly running the rule over someone, but no mention in the press.
We were linked to the little Serbian winger Zivkovic last year, maybe a late move for him? The striker isn't good enough, Haris Seferović.
58 Posted 31/01/2019 at 01:51:18
59 Posted 31/01/2019 at 01:53:42
60 Posted 31/01/2019 at 04:19:50
We have wasted too much money already on 'PL talent' that have flopped to risk buying a striker that Chelsea won't even play, that was poor at Valencia, was poor at the World Cup when he played, and minus a 10 game spell in Germany, hasn't shown much ability for 3/4 seasons.
I'd rather take a risk on Tammy Abraham, rotate him and DCL, and hold 2 of englands best young prospects, battleing each other for the no9 shirt.
61 Posted 31/01/2019 at 05:35:36
Like you have stated he has been around for a while and not only are Chelsea not interested, but all of his loan spells in different countries, have not produced any revelations.
62 Posted 31/01/2019 at 05:43:50
He is shit. Absolute gash.
We are not going down. Just give Tosun a run with Bernard in the 10. Richie and Mola wide and the four of them interchanging. We have good players we need to slightly tweak the system and gain a bit of confidence. If we want a striker don't panic buy now. Wait till the summer. Haven't we already wasted enough money...
63 Posted 31/01/2019 at 08:25:10
64 Posted 31/01/2019 at 09:28:36
65 Posted 31/01/2019 at 09:39:39
66 Posted 31/01/2019 at 10:05:33
Not an improvement on what we have and would simply prevent us moving on to better things. Stick with Tosun and Calvert-Lewin for now and re-visit in the summer.
67 Posted 31/01/2019 at 10:23:46
Dream on — he's rubbish and has failed wherever he has been.
They only want to sell because they know after a 6-month loan we will send him straight back.
68 Posted 31/01/2019 at 10:49:13
69 Posted 31/01/2019 at 11:12:03
70 Posted 31/01/2019 at 12:05:52
71 Posted 31/01/2019 at 14:47:56
We may be spending large amounts but in context we are still miles behind what the top 6 can spend.
72 Posted 31/01/2019 at 20:06:33
Also, if I was one of your clients sitting on Death Row, I would be asking this: Gana to PSG or me hoping the drug company haven't sent the stuff?
What did you think, by the way, of Bournemouth last night? Does it not render all our views as just, well shite???
Hope to see you at the Midland in April.
73 Posted 31/01/2019 at 20:13:37
The club then releases a list of every scout and their club to the media. Some games have 30 odd scouts at and all appear on this list. I think we have at least one scout at a Portuguese game each week.
74 Posted 31/01/2019 at 20:14:08
Other stuff, well I know how to research. You can find anything out if you really look hard enough.
75 Posted 31/01/2019 at 20:15:35
Also, he'd help the Brazilians and communicate well with all of our Portuguese. We've missed out there.
76 Posted 31/01/2019 at 23:11:28
77 Posted 31/01/2019 at 23:13:09
78 Posted 01/02/2019 at 13:43:01
79 Posted 02/02/2019 at 02:55:17
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