The first suggestions that the two clubs were close to finalising the transfer of the defensive midfielder emerged last month in the Spanish language version of OneFootball and from Sebastián Srur of Argentine outlet Radio Continental.
That was followed by reports that Sosa's agent would fly to England to conclude negotiations.
Sosa is currently on duty with Argentina at the U20 World Cup in Poland and he has admitted that he while flattered to be the subject of interest from Everton, his focus was on the tournament.
It was the Liverpool Echo's contention that while the Blues were keeping tabs on Sosa, they had no imminent plans to sign him and would likely revisit their interest in January but Diario Olé are saying that the transfer is very close to being concluded — Es Tiempo de River say it is done — but would be dependent on the player being granted rights to play in the Premier League.
Given that he has yet to be capped by Argentina's senior side, Sosa would have to qualify under the FA Exceptions guidelines.
His father, Juan, had this to say when he spoke with Tablón Radial where he appears to suggest that Santiago expects to receive an EU passport within the next few months:
"Santiago has been at River since he was 10 years old. We have mixed feelings; on the one hand we do not want him to leave and on the other it is a great [opportunity] for him.
"I know Gallardo talked to him, but he did not tell me what. The idea is that once you finish your participation in the World Cup, come to Buenos Aires and then travel to Liverpool to sign your contract. I will accompany him.
"Santi is missing a work visa. He is a young prospect. The community passport will be obtained by the end of the year.
"He has already spoken with the sports director and [coach] Silva knows him and wants him".
Original Source: OneFootball
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1 Posted 03/06/2019 at 22:44:48
"He's playing at the moment for Argentina in the U20 World Cup in Poland. Sosa is a holding midfielder, better at picking a pass than the defensive side of his game.
"He's got a little bit of old-fashioned swagger. In the old days in Argentina, that No 5 was the boss of the team, the man who played the vital first pass out of defence.
"But the thing with him is it's so early. He's only played a handful of games for River Plate, when they've fielded an under-strength side, so if Everton buy him now, to go straight into the first team would be a massive step up.
"He's one for the long term and looks promising. He would worry me a little bit with his lack of pace for the defensive side of his duties, but he's certainly an interesting player with the ball at his feet."
2 Posted 03/06/2019 at 23:19:09
3 Posted 03/06/2019 at 23:35:24
It would be nice to get at least one top quality player overthe line soon.
4 Posted 03/06/2019 at 23:40:05
Virginia also played, he played quite well.
5 Posted 03/06/2019 at 00:01:51
6 Posted 03/06/2019 at 00:02:03
7 Posted 04/06/2019 at 00:16:15
In reality, 13.5 million is not that much anymore, and I imagine it'll be filled with clauses (the down payment would probably be a 5th of this) in terms of international appearances, sell on fees, and such stuff.
Brands has obviously heard good things about him, because I am yet to see him play in the Libertadores (I payed attention when we were first linked).
Just hope it isn't another Henry situation with the work permit...maybe if we prove his talent, and maybe show the FA that he's set to get a Spanish or whatever passport, there could be some leeway.
8 Posted 04/06/2019 at 00:32:11
9 Posted 04/06/2019 at 06:02:59
Makes you wonder which of Gana, McCarthy, Schneiderlin, Baningime, Besic and possibly Davies are likely to be moving and if it will be this window. Makes you just love "Super Coaches", doesn't it.
10 Posted 04/06/2019 at 07:07:12
11 Posted 04/06/2019 at 07:58:01
Very young and developing player but have heard a few South American analysts speak positively about him. Imagine he would be a way off the first team.
12 Posted 04/06/2019 at 08:16:04
There is a chance that we pick up the bargain of a lifetime in todays market, of course only time will tell but in Brands we trust and his statement as and when the player signs.
13 Posted 04/06/2019 at 08:29:29
14 Posted 04/06/2019 at 10:32:05
Richy is already being looked at for £100m+, only a few can afford that so that chances are he will stay another year (when the price will be well above £100m), but if he goes he will be replaced. I don't think we are in a 'winning' part of the plan yet (other than minor competitions), we are building the business & cash flow working within FFP.
Don't get too attached to individuals just yet, the whole club plays a system that all players know and can seamlessly move into if called upon, young and old. Remember that strategy produced clean sheets and exciting football for the last 10 games, also remember that the last successful team we had were known as the 'team with no stars' for a while. As yet, of course, we don't have a squad that will support that strategy but hopefully, that is what a lot of business this summer will be intended to achieve.
15 Posted 04/06/2019 at 10:33:12
16 Posted 04/06/2019 at 10:36:10
17 Posted 04/06/2019 at 10:40:34
I suppose that's a lot to ask. The future is firmly in front of us !
18 Posted 04/06/2019 at 10:50:19
Much better we sign tried and tested premier league players. Like Williams, Schneiderlin, Bolasie, Walcott. Or at least first team ready foreigners like Sandro and Tosun.
19 Posted 04/06/2019 at 11:01:54
20 Posted 04/06/2019 at 11:06:01
21 Posted 04/06/2019 at 11:17:25
Just a thought.
22 Posted 04/06/2019 at 11:25:03
Losing any or all of them leaves a big void.
Everton do need a class midfielder preferably experienced.
Besic was a great prospect but just didn't make his mark although I have seen him play some great games for Boro.
23 Posted 04/06/2019 at 11:25:54
24 Posted 04/06/2019 at 11:34:42
25 Posted 04/06/2019 at 11:46:34
I wonder if EFC will become a European starting point for such South American prospects in the future?
Ill take solace as much in that happening as much as essential new players like at least x1 CF who can finish.
26 Posted 04/06/2019 at 11:53:52
27 Posted 04/06/2019 at 12:17:35
Its a market Everton have such a poor pedigree in. However, Dutch teams seem to have more experience and success with, Brands I would think has more experience in South America too.
As for the player seen him the odd time being state side but just looked neat and tidy. Time will tell.
28 Posted 04/06/2019 at 12:18:25
So I guess this lad will be one for the future or a replacement backup if Schneiderlin also moves on.
29 Posted 04/06/2019 at 12:31:48
30 Posted 04/06/2019 at 12:32:25
31 Posted 04/06/2019 at 13:52:43
Are we a 'selling club'- you betcha ! If a pound or two can be turned we 're up for it. Never to build a team because those who hold the purse strings can rarely say no and mean it. Gana looks a gonner and so it goes on !
32 Posted 04/06/2019 at 15:04:46
DCL is getting better and better, and ebded the season (and will most likely start the season) as first choice centre forward. If sold, he'd command upwards of 20million and cost just over 1.
You mentioned youngsters who disappears never to be seen again. Both of these examples contradict that statement and both were astute signings.
Add to that Lookman, who cost 10 but if sold we'd at least double our money, Vlasic who cost 8 and we'd at least make a profit, Henry who cost 8 and we'd likely double our money. The there are younsters like Josh Bowler who by all reports looks set to make the step after his 4 million pound move, and young Gibson who is getting rave reviews. Then there is Virginia, also getting rave reviews and could be challenging Pickford in a couple of years.
So that is 8 youngsters currently on our books who have been brought in as 'ones for the future' who have not simply "dissapeared".
33 Posted 04/06/2019 at 15:25:24
Read today Frankfurt have just sold their Striker Jovic to Real Madrid for about £50m.
They signed the kid on a two year loan with an option to buy for £6m. They triggered the option 2 months ago then sold him for £50m! Imagine a portion will need to go to Benfica but thats still a hell of a deal.
34 Posted 04/06/2019 at 16:37:35
This is what Spurs did, to an extent, with the likes of Alli, Eriksen, Son, Rose, Dier, Foyth etc.
Admittedly some of those players were more established than Sosa but the philosophy remains the same.
Yes, of course, alot of youngsters will not make the grade but to write them off is to write of our best chance of competing at the top table once more.
35 Posted 04/06/2019 at 17:57:59
Holgate hasn't been playing for Everton lately, to my recollection, and who knows where he'll be next season.
If DCL is, as you suggest, our first choice CF next season, it'll only be because we're facing another season without a proven striker. I doubt many on here would be overjoyed with that, whatever valuation you put on him.
Lookman can't get into the team. Nor can Vlasic, and both probably want away. Onyekuru may well be another one for the future but I wouldn't buy an Everton shirt with his name on it just yet. Sure, every Club can make some profits and big loisises on players, we know that only too well. Let's see if we can hopefully sign some who are ready to take us forward.
36 Posted 04/06/2019 at 18:00:56
Some reports are saying he is not ready for the first team yet, seems a lot to spend for a reserve or U-23, but hopefully all will be revealed soon.
37 Posted 04/06/2019 at 18:58:59
38 Posted 04/06/2019 at 19:07:37
He's on the bench. Not sure if anyone has already posted it, but for those streaming, here's the TV channels it's on to watch if you can find it.
39 Posted 04/06/2019 at 19:12:09
40 Posted 04/06/2019 at 19:53:29
True, we've had the very occasional fourth or fifth place finish but even then with points totals in double figures behind teams in first and second places.
Like many others, I have long espoused the notion that we belong near the top but a reminding glance at the history books shows Everton's place is usually nearer halfway than in the honours spots. And don't mention the Cups as my grandson is in his mid twenties and has never had a sniff of silverware !
Fortunately for me, my age allowed me to experience the joys of promotion, the glory of Catterick, Kendall and well, those two... but precious little else. I know, I'm an ungrateful so and so cos I've only once seen us relegated and that was 70 years ago !
41 Posted 04/06/2019 at 22:17:43
42 Posted 04/06/2019 at 22:45:53
The primary role of the modern centre forward isnt goal scoring and as a measure of quality its flawed.
If were rolling teams 4-0 and DCL doesnt score, I couldnt give two hoots.
43 Posted 04/06/2019 at 22:53:36
By buying competent, young, pre-cap players from certain countries and showcasing them in the Premier League they will naturally become full caps later and worth much more than what we pay for them.
Funes Mori was/is an Argentina centre back for gods sake. The standard is low but their price tags can be high.. once they are one of the few players to play on the elite international stage.
There are other, once great international teams with weak domestic leagues and youth infrastructures.. this can be exploited in the world of player trading as lazy managers attach a premium value on average players based on nostalgia and their standing as internationals.
44 Posted 04/06/2019 at 23:12:30
45 Posted 04/06/2019 at 23:33:24
Gives me flashbacks to two years ago and everyone watching the Euro under 21 to see Sandro.
46 Posted 05/06/2019 at 00:54:33
Buying young talent and selling big is the best way right now. Sosa, Onyekuru, Richarlison and Pickford are four potential ‘profit makers.
Im surprised that we havent attacked players from big teams reserves before they make it to the big time. The captain of Benficas B team, french or German U23s for example.
47 Posted 05/06/2019 at 08:51:14
I worry its got smacks of the 2009 bid to sign Ever Banega though, we could not manage to tie down a work permit for him and he developed into a fine midfielder so that was a big miss on our part.
48 Posted 05/06/2019 at 09:03:23
But we were there once! And I believe our best (only) chance of getting there again is by following the Spurs route, picking out great young (18-25) talent and nurturing them into a coherent team. I believe this is Brands plan and will now depend on picking the right players and coaches. Of course its not a super secret plan and other clubs will be trying it too but it differs from the Walsh/Koeman/Allardyce appraoch which seemed to centre more on buying experienced players in their prime.
As for Sosa I saw some mutterings online last night that suggested it may not be as progressed as the media is reporting.
49 Posted 05/06/2019 at 15:13:55
50 Posted 05/06/2019 at 15:54:08
Now a debate on the merits of these young players, or any player on our books, in respect to us winning stuff is entirely different.
51 Posted 05/06/2019 at 20:35:37
52 Posted 05/06/2019 at 20:45:49
53 Posted 06/06/2019 at 17:33:07
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