Some sources suspect that Marco Silva and Marcel Brands are still holding out hope for Kurt Zouma's return to Everton on a permanent deal.
This would seem to run contrary to all the noises coming out of the Chelsea camp since new manager, Frank Lampard, confirmed his desire for Zouma to remain a Chelsea player.
Everton are still in contact with Chelsea over a possible deal for Kurt Zouma but are looking at alternatives in case the Londoners dig their heels in and refuse to sell him this summer.
Paul Joyce from The Times has tweeted that a centre-back is the next priority for Marcel Brands and Marco Silva, followed by a winger and a right-back, the last position believed to be a loan acquisition rather than an outright purchase.
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1 Posted 02/08/2019 at 14:06:09
2 Posted 02/08/2019 at 14:19:02
3 Posted 02/08/2019 at 14:21:12
4 Posted 02/08/2019 at 14:37:22
5 Posted 02/08/2019 at 14:37:58
Grand Old Team are reporting it but they're not being too free with their sources.
6 Posted 02/08/2019 at 15:12:24
The worry is a see-saw effect where we are now sorting out our lack of goals but that we will start leaking again , like 1st half of last season
7 Posted 02/08/2019 at 15:34:26
Getting this one done will be impressive work.
8 Posted 02/08/2019 at 16:45:31
9 Posted 02/08/2019 at 16:53:35
I just think that Zouma is going to be expensive, and that he is not worth the money that it would take to persuade Chelsea to sell him. There's talk of Llorente from Sociedad, but he will cost 50m euros. I would expect our scouts to find someone as good as this pair who would cost a maximum of 30m euros, and yet still have Zouma's pace.
10 Posted 02/08/2019 at 17:06:35
A partnership of Mina & Keane, terrifies me, Mina is unpredictable, often too bold and that will absolutely knock Keanes game back. Uncertainty kills Keane. That really is his limitation.
So Zouma maybe but a centre back with those traits are what we need.
11 Posted 02/08/2019 at 17:18:46
12 Posted 02/08/2019 at 17:18:49
Until we confirm that Centre- forward deal, any money available needs to go on goal scorers, not defenders
13 Posted 02/08/2019 at 17:29:11
As things settled last year we played a much higher line, this allowed keane to be aggressive against most teams as they only had one CF. Zouma covered and often in behind Keane.
When the team is structured like that, as a unit you absolutely need one guy to be very quick.
No way can we play that way with Mina and Keane. It leaves us deeper as a team and further from goal, the knock on effects of that are clear, when we turn the ball over we are miles away from goal. That makes transition with the players we gave much less likely to create a scoring chance.
A centre back like Zouma is a priority.
14 Posted 02/08/2019 at 17:46:04
If Kurt doesn't come, it will be whether Mina can give us the same solidity at the back. If he stays fit I think Mina will produce the goods.
15 Posted 02/08/2019 at 17:51:22
Mina, or Keane at the back, just not together for me. I really hope Mr Brands can work some more magic for us before this window closes and provide us with a high quality, speedy centre back.
16 Posted 02/08/2019 at 17:56:07
The jury is out as to whether Mina can get to Zouma's level.
I would think from Silva's demands for a new CB he doesnt think so.
We should also remember we have lost Jags, Williams and Pennington as backup.
17 Posted 02/08/2019 at 18:14:15
'Hey Everton, now Malcolm here are you now going to sign Zouma? #freezouma
18 Posted 02/08/2019 at 18:24:39
I can't see Zouma coming. In this window. Reckon we may get a loan or be tempted to use Gbamin there as cover and get Zouma in January, by which time he could well be out of the Chelsea starting line-up.
Or there may be another CB out there who Brands/Silva like with pace but not sure who it might be.
19 Posted 02/08/2019 at 18:35:07
Can't believe anyone wouldn't want him back. We need competition / cover (in all positions).
20 Posted 02/08/2019 at 19:20:30
For me, it's £30m. I believe Chelsea want £40m. I would not pay that. We can get someone else for £30m.
And yes, #FreeZouma!
21 Posted 02/08/2019 at 19:38:28
22 Posted 02/08/2019 at 21:44:05
23 Posted 02/08/2019 at 22:06:18
Think he would be an excellent player to battle it out with both Keane and Mina, with Gibson in reserve
24 Posted 03/08/2019 at 12:13:44
How about Alfie Mawson, or Jamaal Lascelles?
25 Posted 03/08/2019 at 12:26:23
Regrettably your right.
If and its a big if Zouma became available, the £30 we may have paid or other similar figure, has just gone up £10-£15m due to the Maguire transfer.
If we dont get Zouma, hopefully Mina will step up to the plate.
26 Posted 04/08/2019 at 08:48:06
27 Posted 04/08/2019 at 09:44:14
I'd move the earth to sign Ben Godfrey - he's quick and great on the ball. Still a bit raw but he's only played about 30 games as a CH, he's going right to the top.
28 Posted 04/08/2019 at 13:09:44
If you believe the thread, I wonder if there is something still in that. He seems to be following all things Everton on social media & whilst I don't always read too much into things, his new boot post was interesting.
Initials & number 5 (his Everton number), whereas his provisional Chelsea squad number is 15. I believe we're still to allocate the number 5.
Right, enough of me speculating over a picture of some football boots!!
29 Posted 04/08/2019 at 13:13:54
30 Posted 05/08/2019 at 03:15:32
if a team struggling to stay in the top 4 sell us a player not good enough for them, then we are primed for top 4? Not sure I concur.
But our weaknesses include lacking a pacy CB and another forward. So Zouma and another forward - and sell the rather slow Tosun, and we are ready for a fight for 6th
31 Posted 05/08/2019 at 07:55:55
The alternatives (apparently Rojo, Smalling, Jones) are too horrible to contemplate, and a travesty of justice.
32 Posted 05/08/2019 at 08:01:21
33 Posted 05/08/2019 at 08:20:00
34 Posted 05/08/2019 at 08:42:08
35 Posted 05/08/2019 at 14:44:33
We should also throw in a cheeky £30m bid for Malcolm from zenit. The racist abuse he has reportedly received means we should be getting him to angle for a transfer. His place of work is untenable to work in.
36 Posted 05/08/2019 at 16:48:58
37 Posted 05/08/2019 at 16:52:56
38 Posted 05/08/2019 at 21:00:42
"I don't like to talk about Zouma as he is not our player. It is not fair for me to comment. Zaha is a Chelsea player."
But, I will comment anyway with regard to the #FreeZouma campaign that
"it shows everything about what we as a club and me as a manager think about him. I have to respect the players we have here, even if they know we want one more."
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