It is being reported that the French club have received concrete offers in the region of €35m for the 20 year-old and that the Blues could be one of them.
Valencia and Napoli are said to be seriously interested while Aston Villa's name has also been mentioned.
Lille picked Leao up from Sporting Lisbon and stand to make a massive profit if they are prepared to sell him on this summer.
The Liverpool Echo have since poured cold water on the speculation linking the Blues to Leao.
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1 Posted 18/07/2019 at 06:40:12
2 Posted 18/07/2019 at 06:48:38
I'm not convinced we will see what we all crave!
3 Posted 18/07/2019 at 07:03:03
Either Leao or Kean would be really interesting signings, both with large potential. To me, Kean looks the more natural finisher but Leao is the more rounded player currently (and is also a very decent finisher).
4 more players still I think:
CB: Zouma, Llorente, Rekik or Kamara
RW: Malcom, Neres or Traore
ST: Kean or Leao
RB: Arias, Maehle or Atal
4 Posted 18/07/2019 at 08:16:16
How can a club that sold its most prolific striker in the Premier League era, TWO years ago, still not have even come close to replacing those goals??
5 Posted 18/07/2019 at 08:30:55
We've got players off the books (but still left with long-term drains like Bolasie, Mirallas, Besic, Niasse) but the priorities in this window were signing Zouma, Gomes, a quality striker, a left-footed winger.
Only one from that group has so far been managed.
We probably need a more suitable right full-back in case Coleman loses form or fitness again and I'm just not having Mason Holgate there, talk about square pegs!
Three weeks to get our skates on good and proper here.
6 Posted 18/07/2019 at 08:35:06
There's still plenty of time for us to get who we want, and I have faith that Brands is going to get who we need. If it takes until the last few days to get the right players, then so be it. We had a very productive last week of the window last summer, and I expect it will be the same again for this window.
7 Posted 18/07/2019 at 08:40:25
8 Posted 18/07/2019 at 08:40:35
Youre right that it appears we have other targets and I do have faith in Brands. But I worry we will not always succeed by leaving things late. Lets see what we have by end of transfer window. Hoping for Leao or Kean.
9 Posted 18/07/2019 at 08:45:47
Everton dont notoriously complete deals very quickly lets be honest and the fact is, we cant really wait until the last week for Zouma, that needs deciding on by the end of next week at the latest.
If we want Kean or Leao then a move needs making fast as you couldnt imagine wed be the only ones sniffing around those two.
10 Posted 18/07/2019 at 08:48:47
A youngster like Kean or Leao, supported by somebody like Mandzukic, could be an interesting twist but I don't see that one coming off.
11 Posted 18/07/2019 at 08:55:15
Give the lad a chance. Look at Trent Alexander-Arnold from the skip over the road. Mason will be a fantastic Premier League player
12 Posted 18/07/2019 at 08:58:35
We dont currently have a good enough senior striker that has made that position his own and would either Kean or Leao be the player that comes in and walks straight into the side?
For the amount well be paying you think they would have to walk straight in?
As I say theres no senior striker there capable of slowly mentoring these lads.
13 Posted 18/07/2019 at 09:09:39
I think patience, as others have mentioned, is the key. We spent big on Tosun and it hasn't fixed the problem, and some of the other potential options like Haller and Joelinton could easily go the same way as him.
One thing that could set things in motion is that Juve's move for De Ligt has gone through. They've done some incredible business but their wage bill will have gone through the roof to do it, so players like Kean and Mandzukic could be available.
I can see us going for the old bruiser over the unproven hotshot, and we put more of our money into a left footed winger like Malcom. We need big, winning characters in the dressing room – see Delph – and Silva and Brands clearly rate Calvert-Lewin as a long-term option.
14 Posted 18/07/2019 at 09:11:03
Marcel Brands also said that there would be no internal speculation as to whom they may be and that anyone voicing names could face the sack.
We all knew about Gomez and Zouma, but apart from that – had no idea who the other targets might be.
Given what happened last year, I am happy to wait and see the outcome of the next few weeks.
Of one thing I am sure, M&M are the type of operators that, if they can't get the players on their target list, won't sign anyone "just for the sake of it".
They are trying to build something here and know that it will take more than a couple of transfer windows to achieve.
Once again I'm afraid we long-suffering fans must be patient. This time, I hope it will be worth it. I think it will be.
15 Posted 18/07/2019 at 09:11:20
I spoke to a West Brom fan whilst on holiday at the start of June. His opinion of Holgate was that he looks composed and laid back but seriously lacks the physicality and strength to make it as a centre-back and has doubt whether right-back would suit him as he's not really that dynamic running on the ball.
The physical side of it could just be Holgate's frame and build but I noticed myself the lad does seem to lack muscle mass to be a brute of a centre-back.
It's a concerning thought for me at present – our defence without Keane and Zouma.
Mina could become something but I just don't know too much about him partnering Keane, that looks iffy to me, neither lads are that fast and of course it's Mina's injury record that's casting most doubt.
16 Posted 18/07/2019 at 09:12:12
17 Posted 18/07/2019 at 09:15:09
Even I'd be a step up from Tosun!
18 Posted 18/07/2019 at 09:15:28
My guess is Kean is the preferred choice, but you need a backup or two. I believe we will happily pay the money Juve want, I'm just not convinced we will be his only option.
We are in for a wild 3 weeks I'd imagine, lots of ins and outs!
19 Posted 18/07/2019 at 09:18:21
Holgate could develop into a top centre-back but he is not there yet. It's a shame West Brom did not play him there and I actually think he'd be better off with another Championship loan (to a club that gives him 30+ games as a centre-back) than getting some sporadic minutes from our bench.
20 Posted 18/07/2019 at 09:20:42
After a sleepless night, I'm off to the dentist with a dry socket, joy. Come on, Brands... 3 weeks!
21 Posted 18/07/2019 at 09:24:19
22 Posted 18/07/2019 at 09:28:28
I know the goal-scoring striker/forward is a massive issue and we need to sort it. It is just as important re-signing or replacing with the same or better of these two players that will also make or break our season.
I can't split either of them two on how important they are to us.
For what it is worth, I think we may arrange a covert agreement and end up signing Zouma in one of the next two windows when Chelsea's transfer ban is lifted. We may get a loan in for a season as cover.
Also, I think Gana will go to PSG and we will sign a quality dynamic young midfielder in their early 20s, as a (sort of) replacement to complement the maturity of signing Delph. Who that will be? Brands and Silva will have a few players across Europe they are interested in that fit that profile.
23 Posted 18/07/2019 at 09:31:00
24 Posted 18/07/2019 at 09:33:09
When should our patience (which, let's be honest, has been severely stretched as Evertonians) finally become impatience?
25 Posted 18/07/2019 at 09:34:12
26 Posted 18/07/2019 at 09:43:51
If, when the window shuts, we have a goal scorer, a solid centre back and a wide player (and hopefully more) – then my faith remains.
If, however, we have the likes of Brett Angell, Per Krøldrop and Andy Van Der Shithouse... I will be ever so slightly disillusioned.
I do remain confident.
27 Posted 18/07/2019 at 09:46:32
If that is true, then Brands & Silva have a job on their hands to persuade him to come here. I imagine we could offer the best salary and perhaps the lack of top class striking competition might help us as he would possibly get more minutes here than against Milik, Mertens and Insigne or Gomez and Rodrigo. Plus, he gets to work with a well-thought-of Portuguese manager... Fingers crossed.
28 Posted 18/07/2019 at 09:51:13
The market this summer is slow and as someone says above it seems like everyone is waiting for one deal to start off the rush. Brands is running this as a proper business and will not land us with a dud who will add to our problems. Patience is key to getting the right players at the right price and there will be a lot of activity going on that we don't know about. We are not going to post updates in the papers as to how we are progressing, and with whom, are we??!!
Just wait — all will (hopefully!!!) be revealed.
29 Posted 18/07/2019 at 10:11:56
I still am not sure which of the two would be the better signing for us; according to most reports we are allegedly in the running for both, and I don't mean signing them both, I mean as a possibility either/or.
Both look like they have loads of potential but are still a bit of a gamble at the prices quoted to hit the Premier League running.
30 Posted 18/07/2019 at 10:21:44
All of those deals worked out just fine.
So far this summer, Brands has already negotiated extremely impressive fees for Gomes and Delph. If the window closes and you're unsatisfied with the state of the squad, feel free to unload... but until then, have faith.
31 Posted 18/07/2019 at 10:24:48
Derek @28, They are both a gamble but could be top class players if they reach their potential. Leao just shades it for me as his all-round game seems stronger. If we need someone to hit the ground running (and ideally we do), then I think he may be the better bet.
32 Posted 18/07/2019 at 10:44:07
God, I remember the good old days when every player was called Dave and you could give them a nickname that had an O on the end.
33 Posted 18/07/2019 at 10:45:32
34 Posted 18/07/2019 at 10:54:58
It's exciting, but we're going to be all or nothing soon. I don't know anything about Haller so may be wrong on him, but West Ham wouldn't have outmuscled us for him, and we're too heavily linked with Kean and Leão to not be in for them, and why would we go for Haller when there's a chance of the top targets?
I'm not too familiar with Leão, despite “playing” for Sporting. He barely featured and never when I watched them. He has a good reputation though, but it's mostly from this season.
I'm hoping for Neres or Malcom the most. I think they could turn us into a real force to be reckoned with.
35 Posted 18/07/2019 at 11:04:14
It does sounds like we weren't in for him. Whether that is the right decision will be proven in time. I trust Brands but, right now, West Ham have a new striker who I think will prove very useful over the next few years... and we do not! I'm sure the next few weeks will be quite busy and no doubt I'll be much happier if we bring in Kean or Leao or Malcom or Neres.
36 Posted 18/07/2019 at 11:05:24
Still seems a lot for players who have basically had a year in the top flight, and only scored in single figures, but it is the 'potential' they possibly have, but we also know from experience that potential doesn't always materialise.
Steve, of the two you mention, I think Malcom is not only the most likely, but would be the best acquisition for us, and would also not be homesick with our Brazilian contingency into the bargain. Make it happen, Marcel, but keep that Machete honed too, for cutting down the deadwood.
37 Posted 18/07/2019 at 11:23:17
38 Posted 18/07/2019 at 11:28:31
Im not sure this kid is physically strong enough for the EPL, but I think its a clever move getting players, who have already got fellow mates/countrymen at the club, although Ill say once again Id really love to sign Ziyech!
39 Posted 18/07/2019 at 11:29:25
I think Pedro from Fluminense is another good shout and cheaper. Grew through the ranks with our Richarlison and in fact Richarlison only got his Brasil call up (which he grabbed with both hands) after Pedro was pulled out through injury.
40 Posted 18/07/2019 at 11:41:24
Funnily enough, I like Hakim Ziyech too but, having brought Delph in, I would be surprised if any other midfielders are added in the next three weeks. I would expect a striker in the form of Laeo or Kean, a winger and a Centre Back.
I have been informed that a right-back could well be on the shopping list too. but they are running the rule over our very own Ryan Astley before dipping any toes in the water. I know he is only 17 but I have seen this kid playing for the U23s and he definitely has a touch of class well beyond his years about him; with a bit of luck, he may well save us some money and get promoted from within.
41 Posted 18/07/2019 at 12:04:27
42 Posted 18/07/2019 at 12:05:09
But, in saying that, I don't see the benefit in spending big on some of the players we have been linked with when have Astley and Kenny on the production line.
43 Posted 18/07/2019 at 12:09:55
44 Posted 18/07/2019 at 12:35:11
Surely it's a match made in heaven.
45 Posted 18/07/2019 at 12:39:24
Now, back to reality... WHY HAVEN'T EVERTON MADE ALL THIS HAPPEN YET!?!
46 Posted 18/07/2019 at 12:42:00
47 Posted 18/07/2019 at 14:37:32
48 Posted 18/07/2019 at 17:26:16
49 Posted 18/07/2019 at 17:28:42
Hardly one for the future but every time he plays us he always gives us a pain in the arse of a time, would offer a bit more brawn than Tosun as an alternative.
As I say, thats if nothing else is out there and we are priced out of other moves.
50 Posted 18/07/2019 at 17:46:28
He might never let us down but neither will he run around and hurt anyone.
51 Posted 18/07/2019 at 18:15:14
Im hopeful well get a decent striker in simply because we dont really have a choice not to. Management must be acutely aware we dont have the firepower upfront for a decent league campaign. Added to that well sign a CB as well for the same reason. Think we may get Zouma afterall as he wont be first choice at Chelsea and will hopefully ask for a move.
The oil tanker like Keane and Mina pairing doesnt give me much comfort...
52 Posted 18/07/2019 at 18:45:13
Richarlison has finishing power but really doesn't have anyone else.
Others still around have not proved they can do the job and Siggy will only get the odd one here and there.
It's hard to imagine the likes of DCL, Tosun and Walcott being anything else but what we have seen already so a class addition is required if not two.
53 Posted 18/07/2019 at 18:57:32
I have to laugh at the panic and the sleepless nights over big muscular Zouma and the tackling machine not being here next season.
We need footballers if we are going to progress. Stoppers may stop you losing a game, but they wont win it for you. They should only be there to carry the water.
While clubs who finished below us like Leicester secure the services of top quality like Tielemans. We fret about signing two players who barely pose a threat going forward.
We've tried brawn it didnt work. Time for a little guile. Water carriers are ten a penny
54 Posted 18/07/2019 at 19:01:06
55 Posted 18/07/2019 at 19:08:50
You are hilarious!
You think Zouma can be replaced by a “footballer” like who?
Have you been reading the Roberto Martinez book of defending?
Zouma was integral to our defence last season and it was no real coincidence in the games earlier in the season when he wasnt up and running that we were pretty horrendous defensively?
Tielemans at Leicester could go exactly the same way as that big grock they signed a few years ago, Kramaric.
I dont fear anything Leicester do, I fear what Everton dont do, if we finish below Leicester, Wolves or West Ham its because we ourselves have not been good enough simple as that!
If you are talking about stoppers not letting you actually win games then how about try strikers that continuously fluff very good chances in games that are tight and decided by one goal here or there?
For my book, if we had a striker worth his salt then last season, we draw at Watford, we win at Palace and we get at least a draw at Fulham, all games where our striker missed a glaring chance.
56 Posted 18/07/2019 at 19:20:54
57 Posted 18/07/2019 at 19:23:36
58 Posted 18/07/2019 at 19:25:00
Unlike the other Brazilians, Nered and Everton, Pedro is rather off radar so is better value. I thinl for 15-20 million he is ours. Forward, 22, in form, Brazilian, mates with Richarlison.
59 Posted 18/07/2019 at 19:29:14
The odds dropping on Zaha were reportedly down to just two bets mate.
Bookies will grossly over react when something isolated like that happens because the blood sucking fuckers have sleepless nights about paying out.
Crystal Palace would be looking for north of £60m for Zaha anyway so I think we can safely rule that one out.
60 Posted 18/07/2019 at 19:30:23
When you were making a complete Toby jug of yourself again, telling us how you met a Baggie who was able to educate you and tell you why a footballer like Holgate could never make a center half. Did it even occur to you that everyone who read your post knows that Baggie didnt see him play there ?. . Na of course not.
You can claim Zouma was not "up and running" all you want. The fact is he was shite like the rest of them. I judge him over 30 odd games not eight. I also judge him over the whole season when he was relegated the year before.
People like you who demand brawn over skill will always get what they deserve.
Stick to hammering the kids Jim. That`s your answer to everything
61 Posted 18/07/2019 at 19:31:37
62 Posted 18/07/2019 at 19:38:01
I've never heard of him before but I've been assured that before the window closes we'll have Som Eone on our books.
63 Posted 18/07/2019 at 19:38:13
I appreciated it!
64 Posted 18/07/2019 at 20:04:09
65 Posted 18/07/2019 at 20:14:34
66 Posted 18/07/2019 at 21:06:21
I know that is neither easy these days as probably every movement of MB is probably tracked, and other snooping that goes on behind the scenes for a 'story'. I believe there is a very fine line between great players and very good players, yet the difference can be megamillions.
Of course as in everything and every potential move, it is whether the player will gel.
67 Posted 18/07/2019 at 21:20:53
Gonna keep calm and see what happens........ then moan like fuck! 😳
68 Posted 18/07/2019 at 21:36:48
Joseph O' Brien has a 3-year-old colt that is top notch and waiting on fast ground. I tried to back him last September to win the Irish Guineas and, honest to God, was offered a tenner each way.
69 Posted 18/07/2019 at 21:37:53
70 Posted 18/07/2019 at 22:13:25
71 Posted 18/07/2019 at 22:25:17
Based on the assessment by Marcel Brands of requirements this transfer window, the clock is running down. Surely a pair of or at least one striker was on his priority transfer list?
We can't afford to miss so many chances as last season, this season. Three weeks to go, and hopefully some nice surprises to come.
72 Posted 18/07/2019 at 22:30:02
Anyway, it's like déjà vu all over again. Every summer, there's a wailing and a gnashing of teeth cos we haven't signed a dozen superstars... and every year, we get players in the last week, as does every other team.
It's the way it goes every year since Sky invented transfer windows – stop panicking!!
73 Posted 18/07/2019 at 22:52:45
74 Posted 18/07/2019 at 23:08:49
75 Posted 19/07/2019 at 07:16:53
76 Posted 19/07/2019 at 07:59:19
77 Posted 19/07/2019 at 08:54:18
That said I'd rather have someone like Llorente as a third striker rather than Mandzukic, as he has EPL experience.
78 Posted 19/07/2019 at 09:01:07
79 Posted 19/07/2019 at 09:05:07
Most pleasing thing for me is that everyone seems to be guessing, and when you hear Silva speaking, saying they identified Delph in March, then it looks like we are turning into a very competent and professional club once again, although that could be me sticking my neck out, because the season starts in just 3 weeks.
80 Posted 19/07/2019 at 12:43:16
81 Posted 19/07/2019 at 13:52:55
We need these two re-signed or replaced with better and a forward like Leao, Kean or Malcom to say that.
82 Posted 19/07/2019 at 14:09:52
83 Posted 20/07/2019 at 12:54:43
I live in Spain & the only way Valencia could afford to buy Leao is if they sell Rodrigo for a big amount. They have no money & with the other signings this year would fall foul of the FFP rules. They have also paid good money for Maxi Gomez, the striker from Celta Vigo.
84 Posted 23/07/2019 at 08:41:28
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