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Ibrahimovic 'interested' in joining Ancelotti at Everton

| Thursday, 19 December 2019 125comments  |  Jump to last
Zlatan Ibrahimović would consider Everton as his next destination should, as expected, Carlo Ancelotti be confirmed as the Blues' boss.

The Swedish star is a free agent in January when his MLS contract expires and a reunion with his former boss is, according to the likes of The Telegraph, a strong possibility.

Ibrahimović, 38, has Premier League experience from his time at Manchester United.

Original Source: The Telegraph  

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Steve Mink
1 Posted 19/12/2019 at 15:30:49
We are suckers for these 'retirement home for big names' signings.
Ginola, Hughes, Gascoigne, E'to - name me one that has worked.
Scott Ewers
2 Posted 19/12/2019 at 16:04:14
I don't see why they shouldn't give it a shot. We've been begging for a proper striker, and one is available. Yes, his age is a concern, but the man is absolutely driven and seems to be in great shape. I'd be thrilled to see him in the Blues uniform.

This is what I love about the Ancelotti deal - he can attract players that Duncan Ferguson would never even get a sniff at. The recruiting benefit he brings to the club will be priceless. I'm excited!

Phil Malone Jnr
3 Posted 19/12/2019 at 16:09:53
Steve, you make a decent point about the previous fellas. But complete bollocks about ibrahimovic. He’s exactly what we need for a year or until the end of the season right now. A true center forward, and it won’t be long term. Still seems in shape and wouldn’t be a long term contract, who’d you have starting up front for the rest of the season DCL or ibrahimovic? Leave that one with you. For the rest of you, with ‘some sense’, any news on Carlo?
Phil Greenough
4 Posted 19/12/2019 at 16:37:56
You only have to look at Ronaldo scoring that header, to tell you that age means nothing to some older footballers. Also, Dave Watson and Richard Gough were great elder statesman for us.

I just hope Zlatan get the service he needs, although he'll probably win us a few penalties with his presence. It demands the attention of refs, regardless who he plays for.

Des Farren
5 Posted 19/12/2019 at 16:41:15
The negativity and cynicism among Evertonians is almost ingrained in
the culture of the club at this stage I, for one am sick of it.

The news that it is Ancelotti and not Dour Davy who is coming is the best news in last 30years. The points made by Phil @ 3 are self evident. Let our new guy get on with the job and less of the carping please.

Kim Vivian
6 Posted 19/12/2019 at 16:55:40
What Des sez...! Up arrow from me.
Raymond Fox
7 Posted 19/12/2019 at 17:01:55
We are jumping the gun a bit, but I'm all for him signing.
He will still put the wind up a few defenders, even if he plays half a game.
Steve is perfectly entitled to his opinion Des, its when people start calling players shite and the like that I take exception to.
Adam Carey
8 Posted 19/12/2019 at 17:06:17
Age may be catching up but this is a world superstar of football. If he only plays for 6 months to top up his pension that will give us a huge boost.
1> Sky/BT will want to show games with him. That is circa £1M each televised game.
2> Social media will love it and that will raise the Everton profile around the world.
3> We might actually sell some shirts abroad.
4> He knows where the goal is and doesn't get nervy when the game is on the line.
5> The pressure would be off DCL and Kean, and they will learn a lot from him.

No brainer for me. Getting Zlatan and Ancelotti might finally rid us of this plucky little team tag that we've been stuck with for too long. Time to remind the world that we are one of the most successful teams in English football and not some regional upstarts with delusions of grandeur.

Annika Herbert
9 Posted 19/12/2019 at 17:19:14
I am with Steve on this one, it would be a bad move in my opinion. One of the complaints during his United spell was the fact he slowed their play down due to his lack of pace. I very much doubt his pace has increased since he left them!
We need someone younger with a long term future in front of them, not an ageing player looking for one final pay day
Bill Gienapp
10 Posted 19/12/2019 at 17:31:56
There are plenty of reasons why this would be a bad idea, BUT... I find Zlatan outrageously entertaining and would love to see him in an Everton shirt. I have zero doubt he can still score goals at the Premier League level. He would make us relevant. And he's exactly the sort of unapologetic a-hole you'd want to take to Anfield. I'm in.
Ari Sigurgeirsson
11 Posted 19/12/2019 at 17:48:49
Des Farren well said true words.
Pat Kelly
12 Posted 19/12/2019 at 17:54:35
Age means nothing. Look at Rooney, Delph.
Barry Rathbone
13 Posted 19/12/2019 at 17:58:27
Never been a great fan of Ibramovich even at his peak he seemed an archetypal flat track bully his underwhelming gig at Utd being recent evidence.

If he still had anything to offer he wouldn't be arsing around in the pub league of America.

Our demise as a club can be traced to post 1970 and hapless recruitment which appeared to be based on appeasing headline hungry fans rather than proper scouting.

The last "uncovering" of genuine talent was Martinez with Lukaku that's where the bar should be at, the pony tailed swede is just same old same old desperation to me.

Jimmy Hogan
14 Posted 19/12/2019 at 18:06:06
38 is too old for anything but a goalkeeper.
Joe McMahon
15 Posted 19/12/2019 at 18:06:50
Barry, he's not a very nice person, BUT big name in he game worldwide and we need some nastiness about us. Too many nice guys over the years at Everton and still too many weak voice players who don't get at refs now.

Like James Marshall says, we need to move on from misty eyed tales of 30s 60s and 80s.

Joe McMahon
16 Posted 19/12/2019 at 18:12:35
Jimmy you are correct but for 6 months he may teach DCL a bit? David Silva is the same age as Wayne Rooney, but one of them seems 10 years older.
John G Davies
17 Posted 19/12/2019 at 18:17:12
How old was Richard Gough when he came to play for us?
Richard Lyons
18 Posted 19/12/2019 at 18:25:04
Paul Power...
Drew O'Neall
19 Posted 19/12/2019 at 18:29:57
He'll be great for the club whether he's a central figure or not.

Great attitude in training and to life - certainly one of the fittest and strongest 38 year olds I can think of - and he will develop our young strikers immeasurably in my opinion.

Everton centre forwards should be like Zlatan.

Having him here may also attract some other world-class players to join Carlo's revolution.

This could also be a soundbite put out by the manager through his old mate to see what the reaction from the world's media and other elite players is to the idea of joining Everton if he does have reservations about commitment to transfers and Everton's pulling power.

Anthony Jones
20 Posted 19/12/2019 at 19:21:38
Not mobile enough. Next.
Tom Bowers
21 Posted 19/12/2019 at 19:30:32
What can he still do in the Prem. and at what cost. Yes he will still get a goal or two but so will Tosun and Niasse given enough playing time.
Zlatan has a big ego and I wouldn't bother with him quite honestly.
I would sooner have another season of Tim Cahill.

On another note I see Jack Rodwell is emerging from the wilderness to train with the Blades. What went wrong with that lad ???

Robert Tressell
22 Posted 19/12/2019 at 19:39:17
Would be fun to have Ibra and would be a publicity coup. Brands can find a few gems (which he's been decent at Iwobi aside) hopefully but maybe we're also going to be able to pick up more established quality (like James Rodriguez or Isco who knows). Getting Ibra now would pave the way for that. Also Gareth Barry. And I thought Eto'o was ace for the 2(?) matched he played before he got pissed off with Roberto.
Jerome Shields
23 Posted 19/12/2019 at 19:45:30
Some of these players think of Everton as a rest home for over the hill players.
Phil Smith
24 Posted 19/12/2019 at 20:15:49
Gascoigne played some amazing games with us. He probably should have got back into the England squad at that time.
Dan Morris
25 Posted 19/12/2019 at 20:31:08
Des, fully agree with you. Never mind a manager/player change, think we need to change some of our 'fans'! Some will never be happy (although perhaps if we were top of the Championship they would be?!)
Eric Paul
26 Posted 19/12/2019 at 20:39:08

You missed out Andy Gray, I know he wasn't as old as Ibrahimovic but in the eighties players didn't play much into their 30s and look at the effect he had on Sharp. We have 2 young forwards who could learn a lot from a wily old campaigner like him.

Anthony Murphy
27 Posted 19/12/2019 at 21:07:13
Not sure, but could things get any more surreal than to see Ancelotti in our old school dugout and Zlatan coming out to the sound of Z-Cars?

What is unquestionable is that we need options up top. The lad Kean is going to net a few soon, but we are one injury in that department away from a crisis.

Don Alexander
28 Posted 19/12/2019 at 21:25:06
The idea that Zlatan at 38 is any answer to our problems is laughable. All the speculation it's dependant on Ancelotti merely deigning to accept a 4½-year plus contract is also laughable. Neither of them have had any experience at all of a bog-standard football club run by morons in their lives, Napoli aside maybe.
Colin Glassar
29 Posted 19/12/2019 at 21:25:28
We could get Kane, Mane and M’bappe and there would still be people on here moaning about their age, desire, looks, fashion sense etc... anything for a fucking whinge.
Peter Roberts
30 Posted 19/12/2019 at 21:32:07
Barry Rathbone

Ibrahimovic was hardly underwhelming at United. Goals he scored got them to the Europa League trophy and 2nd place in the league before a serious knee injury curtailed his stay.

Honestly the mindset of some Evertonians baffles me. Were about to sign an elite manager and possibly one of the best footballers of the past decade and all some people can do is whinge about it.

Ancelotti and Ibrahimovic. Merry Christmas Evertonians and a Happy New Year

Don Alexander
31 Posted 19/12/2019 at 21:33:27
Colin, I look forward to the day we sign any such striker.
Duncan McDine
32 Posted 19/12/2019 at 21:38:17
I’d pay him £200k a week just to hear some of the funny shit he comes out with. I didn’t think it was possible for someone to refer to themselves in the 5th person.
Jason Broome
33 Posted 19/12/2019 at 21:40:24
Can't believe some of the things I'm reading.

Alongside Zidane, Van Basten, George Weah, Ibrahimovic is one of the greatest finishers of the last 3 decades and one of the best strikers who ever lived.

His game has never been to run around. At 38 years of age he doesn't have to change much. He can finish anywhere in or around the area, and like Ferguson, he's a mean and nasty winner and boy can he head the ball.

He was sensational in his first season at United and only injury curbed his goal scoring in the second year.

3 weeks ago it was all about Silva and relegation. Now one of the greatest managers in the world and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are hopefully coming.

Personally (regardless of age) I feel that Zlatan is the perfect partner for the highly energetic Calvert-Lewin. He will also be a dream partner for Kean.

Alongside Gomes, Bernard, Richarlison he will get the chances to showcase his natural talent of finishing from the most unlikely of opportunities.

Mark Pringle
34 Posted 19/12/2019 at 21:41:13
17 goals in 33 games in the Premier League? Do for me!!
Jason Broome
35 Posted 19/12/2019 at 21:44:28

Enough Said!

Dennis Ng
36 Posted 19/12/2019 at 21:47:32
This might be the first glimpses of the Ancelotti effect. But let's get Carlo in first at least.
Steven Astley
37 Posted 19/12/2019 at 21:57:18
Fucking moaning whinging bastards. One of the world's best players saying that he would like to join Everton for another bash in the Premier League and we have 'fans' on here moaning about it...
John Davies
38 Posted 19/12/2019 at 22:11:27
I'm with you all the way, Steve Astley.
James Power
39 Posted 19/12/2019 at 22:18:35
Gascoigne had some amazing games. of beer pong, not of football, except that cup match where he dribbled past someone from national league 1. Otherwise, it was like watching 70-year-old De Niro with a 50-year-old face in The Irishman beat up a 65-year-old shopkeeper. A bit disappointing and not really believable. Although it was the other way round, a 36-year-old with a 70-year-old face.
James Power
40 Posted 19/12/2019 at 22:24:59
Apparently we are also going to exhume Sir Stanley Matthews. Just think of the ‘Matthews effect', all that history. Sometimes it's less about movement and more about presence.

Everyone can marvel at Ibrahimović's pony tail and say “Wow, is it really you Ibra? Or is it your dad? Well, it's the same genes so am sure it will make Dominic Calvert Lewin strike the ball more than ten yards without it slowing to a halt before it reaches the keeper.”

Anthony Jones
41 Posted 19/12/2019 at 22:27:05
Rooney was mostly shite upon his return. He was an incredible player before. Then he wasn't any more.

Times change. Players age. Ibra won't come here for less than £200,000 a week. He would be the epitome of vanity signings.

Move on. We need young, hungry players to get us back in contention.

Stan Schofield
42 Posted 19/12/2019 at 22:40:10
Ibrahimovic is like Ronaldo in keeping in top condition. In comparison, Gascoigne and Rooney did not keep in top condition. So it's not much of an argument to imply a limited impact of Ibrahimovic based on the experience of Gascoigne and Rooney having limited impact.
Jason Broome
43 Posted 19/12/2019 at 22:44:31
Fully agree.
Anthony Jones
44 Posted 19/12/2019 at 22:53:46
Ibrahimovic is in top condition? Says who?

Sylvester Stallone is in top condition for his age. Still slow.

Rooney wasn't in top condition? Again, says who?

Everyone slows down when they age. Sorry to break it to you.

Stan Schofield
45 Posted 19/12/2019 at 23:02:22
Anthony, I don't think the Italian Stallion is coming here. I recall him playing in 'Escape to Freedom', but I still don't think he's coming here. So I think he's irrelevant to this thread.

Yes, we all know that age slows folks down. And?

Colin Glassar
46 Posted 19/12/2019 at 23:02:39
Not with viagra you don't, Anthony!

On a more serious note, Ibra, on a short term deal could help Calvert-Lewin so much. Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin can move wide to replace the ineffective Walcott, Bernard and feather-footed Iwobi. Even Sigurdsson will benefit playing behind the great man.

Feed the ponytail and he will score.

John Pickles
47 Posted 19/12/2019 at 23:19:08
Ancelotti wants him. 38 seems a bit old to me, but I’ve not won top domestic honours in the 5 top leagues in Europe and 3 Champions League titles.
Alan J Thompson
48 Posted 20/12/2019 at 02:27:34
Schneiderlin, Sigurdsson and Ibrahimovich all in the same team, what could possibly go wrong?
Bob Parrington
49 Posted 20/12/2019 at 05:21:01
James @40 Piss off. That's so funny I laughed until I cried!
James Power
50 Posted 20/12/2019 at 07:26:17
Bob - glad it made you laugh, that's what it's all about isn't it?! Stan, ‘Escape to Victory', not Freedom. Although I think you are thinking of Nelson Mandela, who was also in great shape for a 70-year-old.
Dale Rose
51 Posted 20/12/2019 at 07:40:52
Take him in a heart beat. Could bring some of our younger players on a treat. He strikes me as the kind of player that if he had been put in an amphitheatre in the days of Rome he would have eaten the Lions. Just what we need.
Dave Williams
52 Posted 20/12/2019 at 08:44:24
Andy Gray was washed up when we signed him. He could barely train because of his knees but besides scoring goals he was the making of Sharp, teaching him the dark arts and giving him the confidence to mix it with hard centre-backs.

If Ibra could do this for Calvert-Lewin what a player we would have.

Alan J Thompson
53 Posted 20/12/2019 at 09:01:29
Bob (#51); I wrote it to give the impression of what may be the three highest-paid members of an "old boys club" not as some sort of Brexit type xenophobia. More Southport than Stockport.
Jim Potter
54 Posted 20/12/2019 at 09:54:26
Sure, I'm sceptical about his age, but not his fitness, skill, media presence or entertainment value.

Bring him on. There wouldn't be a dull moment - and I guarantee some great ones.

He is after all " the best footballer on the planet".

Jim Harrison
55 Posted 20/12/2019 at 10:33:24
Er, the comparisons to Rooney coming in, who was the top scorer that season?

Mike Gaynes
56 Posted 20/12/2019 at 10:49:40
All of you who claim Ibra is too old and too slow and "not mobile" enough... have you actually seen him play this past year?

I have, and that's all crap.

Ibra absolutely dominated MLS physically. He's supremely fit, never stops moving, and as for pace, he's never had that much of it anyway. Hasn't stopped him from scoring a goal a game at a pretty decent level of competition. He still reads a game like Yo-Yo Ma reads music. And he never came off the pitch this season -- played every minute except when he was suspended.

To be clear, I hate the guy -- his arrogant attitude, big mouth and cheap shots on the pitch make him un-Everton in my opinion. But if you think he won't score big goals because he's 38, you're out of your mind. He will put away chances our other strikers wouldn't even see. And he will scare the living shit out of opposing defenders.

Michael Lynch
57 Posted 20/12/2019 at 10:50:46
I don't really think you can compare Zlatan to any of our former "old boys" - his current fitness level and physical condition looks better than the likes of Rooney even when Wayne was in his early 20s.

Now I know it's a vastly inferior league - but have a look at Ibrahimovic's show reel from his time in the USA on YouTube. What a fucking player. I'd love to see him at Goodison for the second half of the season. And, realistically, if Ancelotti comes in, we're re-booting The Project - it's no longer about a slow-build with young players, it's about getting fairly immediate results with oven-ready players (as Boris would say ;)).

Steve Guy
58 Posted 20/12/2019 at 10:53:11
To all the naysayers in this thread and the Ancelotti thread, please get over yourselves. We are doing now what we hoped would happen when Moshiri arrived: a world class manager with 20 years of WINNING. His presence alone will attract better quality players and DF will be the Sorceror's Apprentice.

Ibrahimovic is still in fantastic shape and brings 20 years of WINNING. Calvert-Lewin and Moise Kean will learn so much from this bloke on and off the pitch. I'd love to see him in a Blueshirt facing down Van Dickhead in the FA Cup!

The only people who should be worried are the biased media and associated teams as this is our best chance of breaking through their imposed glass ceiling.

Paul Tran
59 Posted 20/12/2019 at 10:55:35
I'd take him like a shot. I can put with arrogance when people are consistently successful. His very interesting autobiography shows him in a different light.

I want people here who I get. They'll soon get us when they produce the goods for us.

Phil Martin
60 Posted 20/12/2019 at 11:02:54
I remember this site 10 years ago, when some posters proclaimed they'd rather EFC do things the "Everton Way", than be like what Man City were trying (and have now done) to do.

Give me 5-1 wins at Anfield, back-to-back titles, domestic trebles, I don't care how we do it.

Roman Sidey
61 Posted 20/12/2019 at 11:13:34
I don't see any negatives to signing a guy like Ibra - aside from financially but he may actually turn out to be a profitable player in terms of kit revenue, advertising etc.

Being of a rugby background, I'd tend to compare him to Sonny-Bill Williams inasmuch as he seems to lift his teammates wherever he goes due to his immense professionalism. Nobody on the current Everton squad list is in better shape than Ibra is right now, and none of them have scored even a fraction of the goals that he's scored.

Definitely not one for a 3+ year deal, but an 18 month contract if he wants it would be just what this club needs. Unless some people on here have their way and Everton just spend the next hundred years signing players who are humble, friendly lads who couldn't intimidate a six year old.

Steve Brown
62 Posted 20/12/2019 at 11:28:08
Not sure it will happen, but what could we possibly have to lose if we gave him a short term contract?
Frank Crewe
63 Posted 20/12/2019 at 12:15:48
I don't see a downside to this. I'm sure increased shirt sales alone would cover the cost of his wages. Although that is for Moshiri to worry about. If we can get him until the summer I'm sure it will do the likes of Kean and Clavert-Lewin no harm at all to learn from a master striker. I don't see what we have to lose. He doesn't even need the money. Apparently he's worth nearly £150 million quid. Just plays for the fun of it.

He'd be a great sub to chuck on when the oppositions defenders are getting tired. He's 6'-5'' and solid muscle. Just chuck crosses in and watch him intimidate the centre-backs. Remember he has no club so we could sign him and he could play right now.

Rob Halligan
64 Posted 20/12/2019 at 12:22:16
According to the red echo, Ibrahimovich has snubbed any move to Everton.
Mal van Schaick
65 Posted 20/12/2019 at 12:29:01
No thanks. Seen enough of back to the future. Re register Dunc at this rate.
Joe McMahon
66 Posted 20/12/2019 at 12:37:37
TBH, I think if he has one last visit to a Premier League team, he would want Champions League football also.
James Marshall
67 Posted 20/12/2019 at 12:45:22
Everton interested in buying:

Zaha - too expensive
Moise Kean - too young/inexperienced
Zlatan - too old/past it

Literally every player we're linked with, people on here are pissed off about it for some reason. Same with managers. It's getting boring reading it all now.

Zlatan would be immense for us on every level. Stop whinging about literally every single thing that happens or might happen with Everton. We're about to get one of the greatest managers of his generation, and possibly one of the greatest players of his generation, and you're all picking holes in it.

Get on board. Dare to dream.

Gordon Adie
68 Posted 20/12/2019 at 13:13:42
He will destroy the new found unity in the dressing room.
John Graham
69 Posted 20/12/2019 at 13:44:30
He was a great player and always been a scorer of great goals but I am sorry to say he would just be a passenger in the team.

In the Premier League, you need 10 outfield players who are willing to work their socks off for the team, which Ibrahimovic would not do. We would be a player down at the start of every game and, even though he might get us a few goals, I feel the whole thing would be more about him than the club.

Hasn't he just slagged off the fans at LA Galaxy and also upset his home club Malmo, whose fans used to worship him?

Let's hope Ancelotti sees it as developing a young team with players hungry for success rather than has-beens who think they are a God.


John Davies
70 Posted 20/12/2019 at 13:52:51
He is a regular pain in the ass, however if he scores goals for Everton I will close my eyes, and applaud live everyone else
Steve Ferns
71 Posted 20/12/2019 at 14:32:20
James I cannot get past that he is 38 years of age. This ain't Andy Gray (who was 28 when we signed him and 30 when we sold him) coming in to tutor young Sharpy and Inchy. Nor is it the expensive flop that was Samuel Eto'o (33 when he signed and still only 38 now!).

The other problem I have with it is that I want to see quick football, and where does Zlatan fit into that? How can we play a pressing game when the man at the tip of the spear, the one who sets the press, is 38 and slower than Michael Keane?

And to top it all off, he will be on 4 or 5 times the wages of Dominic Calvert Lewin. In fact he is likely to be on double Davies, Calvert-Lewin and Holgate combined.

If he's coming in and playing for peanuts and is on a free transfer and will be used sparingly, then great. But when you turn to a 38 year old to be your main man, and pay him more than anyone else. No, no thanks.

Don't think that I won't give him my total support if he comes, and if Ancelotti really does want him, then fair enough. We have to give the next manager everything he needs. Afterall, he's a triple champions league winner and we can't argue with that.

Mike Gaynes
72 Posted 20/12/2019 at 14:44:50
Steve #74, Ibra's not coming unless Ancelotti's the manager, and if Ancelotti's the manager and wants Ibra, he already knows how to use him. So he'll show us how/if the player fits into a pressing system, or whether he even plans to coach that system here. What you want to see may not be what he has in mind.
Craig Walker
73 Posted 20/12/2019 at 14:48:05
If he gets chances, he'll finish them. There's nobody currently in our forward line that you can say that about.
James Marshall
74 Posted 20/12/2019 at 14:48:39
Zlatan, last 2 seasons in the MLS (yeah, I know it's the MLS):

Games 58
Goals 53

The guy is still super fit, strong as an ox and sublimey talented. He'd score goals for us I'm sure of it. A player like Zlatan would be an inspiration on the pitch in my view.

Dave Lynch
75 Posted 20/12/2019 at 14:53:09
Yes John@73.
He is a pain in the arse, a pain in the arse to other teams he plays against.

Despite his age he has an arrogance and struts around like he owns the place when on the field.
He is mega fit for his age, he still studies martial arts and trains everyday, I would argue he is faster and fitter than Tom Davies who is what? 20 years younger than him?

He loves the adulation and knows that adulation comes with performances and scoring goals.

He has everything that none of our players have, even at his age.

James Marshall
76 Posted 20/12/2019 at 14:59:05
Where does this thing about Zlatan being a pain the in arse to other players come from? I've never heard other players say that about him, so I'd be interested in seeing some direct quotes/information on this.

I can only find this MASSIVE LONG LIST of players and managers saying how amazing he is as a player and a man:

“He’s someone who, as a player, you see him walk into the dressing room and you see a winner, you see a character and you’re seeing a bit of class. As a team-mate it lifts you. These are the signings that will lift the Manchester United team and that’s what you want.”

– Ryan Giggs

“Zlatan has always played at the top level. He never had a low point in his career. Perhaps he had some bad games now and then, but that’s all. He has gained the respect of all his teammates and all his rivals. He is an example for every footballer”

– Eden Hazard

“We used to sleep in the same room before games. One night, he woke up. Ibra told me, ‘Adi, wake up! I had a nightmare. I dreamed Ronaldo was better than me!’ He only went back to sleep after I told him, ‘No, Zlatan, no! You are the best in the world! Calm down!”

– Adrian Mutu

“The thing about Ibra is this is a guy who always wants to win. Trust me, this guy would chase the last pass in the last minute if a training session in July if he thought he could get the goal that won the eight-a-side. When he says that he is getting better, he means it. He’s certainly better than any 34-year-old footballer I know.”

– Carlo Ancelotti

“I don’t understand when people say he is a difficult guy to work with or a difficult personality. When you have somebody that is a winner and wants to win all the time, I think he is very, very easy. I only coached him for a year but it was a good year, a good experience and I rate him as one of the best players I have ever coached.”

– Jose Mourinho

“He looks a good character. You’d be happy to play with him. As a player? Really, really good. Talented boy. Looks a bit of a character.

– Roy Keane

“He is an amazing player, someone really special who has marked an era. He has won league titles wherever he went. Of course, he can be quite temperamental. He says what he thinks, but that has never bothered me. There are not a lot of players with his character.”

– Thierry Henry

“He is a world-class player and is a world-class person. Any team that gets him should be very grateful. He is fantastic – the way he speaks with the younger players, the way he demands quality. It is a true pleasure to play with him. There’ll never be another Zlatan – he’s a one-off. The way he talked and behaved has inspired me.”

– John Guidetti

“I could see immediately that he had something special but I did not think he would become such a big star. He was big, good technically and could read the game. Zlatan is fantastic and, honestly, I get angry when people say bad things about him. He is an intelligent and pleasant guy. For me there are three players: Pele, Johan Cruyff and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. They are the three best players ever.”

– John Steen Olsen
(the scout who recommended Ibra to Ajax)

“Wow! As a person, as an individual he is for me bigger and stronger than anyone else in the world. Ibra is unbelievable. The outstanding football personality. Yes, he can cause the coach problems in the changing room. But as a teammate and a football player he is the best!”

– Dmytro Chygrynskiy

“[Zlatan] is a top class player. One of the best in Europe, if not the world”.

– Martin O’Neill

“With him, you have to use both the stick and the carrot. Ibra is a strong personality and needs to be relaxed at times, while in other occasions he has to be stimulated, otherwise he falls asleep.”

– Massimiliano Allegri

“It will be impossible to find another Zlatan. He is special, he is unique. We will not find another player like him in Sweden, because he is unique.”

– Erik Hamren

“He is a physically magnificent specimen [. . . ]. I’ve played with or against the very best in the world. I want to say that I have never met anyone who was so serious during both practice and games. When I came to Paris I knew that he was an incomparable talent as a player, but he’d be so tough and merciless on himself at all times, I had no idea. He is a born winner. He is a beast with huge self-confidence, and I’m one of his biggest admirers.”

– David Beckham

“It is difficult to defend against him because he has the physique of a big centre forward, a “target man” as we say here in English football. But on top of that, he is technical and quick like a small player. Few players have both of those qualities, so the defenders are not used to that. You are pushed around, and as well, you get out-dribbled with finesse…”

– Kurt Zouma

“He jokes and he is a very happy man, but he’s just kidding around. But the image that people have of him is all wrong. He loves to joke and that is just the way he is, but inside there is a great professional.”

– Carlo Ancelotti

“He’s a fit lad, he looks after himself, he’s got great charisma. He’s a great character.”

– Paul Scholes

“Zlatan Ibrahimovic has tremendous leadership qualities. He was the hardest I’d ever seen on his own team-mates about standards, whether the kind of ball, the effort, off-the-field stuff. That’s a big part of why he’s got to where he is. He’s so arrogant he’s actually likeable.”

– Paul Clement

“This guy finds the goals, finds the little tricks. He finds whatever the crowd needs at any given time. He was born to play for Manchester United.”

– Peter Schmeichel

“It is really sad he never played in England. He would have been brilliant for the game. He’s bright, he’s got unbelievable charisma, he’s a gentleman and unbelievable talent.”

– Paul Clement

“We haven’t had a goalscorer like him in France for a long time. He is on a different planet to anyone else.”

– Jean-Pierre Papin

“Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the greatest foreign player ever to play in France.”

– Christophe Galtier

“Zlatan has a particular personality. At each training sessions he wants to win. That’s something positive. And the other thing [that strikes me] when I look at him is that it’s all about his personality. Any time he wants to say something to you, he would say it face to face. That’s positive. Quite often, players don’t speak face to face, they speak behind your back. So I think, what Zlatan does is very positive. He has a strong personality but people in front of their TV think that he is arrogant. He is not arrogant. He is still very good and for PSG, he is a very, very important player. I think he is one the best players I played with. I played with [Clarence] Seedorf, Ronaldinho, [Andrea] Pirlo, [Alessandro] Nesta – they are all quality players. He is different. He is strong physically and he also has technique, but he has a bigger personality. That makes him a great player. I hope he can finish his career with a Champions League title.”

– Thiago Silva

“He has an ego, but on the field he behaves like a champion. It’s part of his character. No-one will change his personality, like Cristiano Ronaldo. Sometimes he shows an arrogant side, but when you know him he’s not like that at all. He’s quite nice.

– Zinedine Zidane

“When I see his stats and the records he is breaking – records were just a matter of time. When people ask me if I’m surprised he has scored so many goals, no I’m not. He is a player who has always scored goals – in Spain, in Italy. His statistics are unbelievable. He is an incredible competitor. He wants to win everything, he wants to score more goals. When I hear people questioning his abilities it means they don’t know a thing about football. He can have difficult patches of form but when you see what he has done, and I don’t think it’s over, I think it’s impressive.”

– Laurent Blanc

“Zlatan is unique – he’s the only player in the world who measures 1.96 metres, has the technique of Lionel Messi, the character of Muhammad Ali, and the strength of Mike Tyson.”

– Mino Raiola

“When he’s on form, he’s unstoppable. He’s at the same level as [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Lionel] Messi. He has the strength, the technique and the intelligence. He’s an extraordinary player.”

– Gianfranco Zola

“I have played with Leo [Lionel Messi], Cristiano [Ronaldo], [Wayne] Rooney, and now I have the chance to play with Ibra. I’d never realised how good he is, all the moves he has, despite him being so tall. I think he has a lot of quality.”

– Angel di Maria

“Of course it will be hard for anybody to do what van Basten did during his career. [. . . ] the way he [Zlatan] moves with the ball really does remind me of van Basten.”

– Paolo Maldini

“Zlatan is a beast. He is one of those players that I like because of his character and his quality. He is among the best strikers in football history.”

– Diego Costa

Dave Lynch
77 Posted 20/12/2019 at 15:57:46
James @79.

Reading what you have just written... Who the fuck would want a player like that in their team?

I mean to say... All of those accolades, all of that talent and a desire to win...What the fuck are we thinking about!

I mean to say, we are Everton, we are worth more than what he can offer surely.

PS. Sarcasm intended.

Mike Gaynes
78 Posted 20/12/2019 at 16:39:18
James #79... "Where does this thing about Zlatan being a pain the in arse to other players come from?"

Umm well... it might just have come from Ibra's repeated violent attacks against teammates (some in training) and opponents.

While at Ajax he deliberately injured his teammate van der Vaart during a friendly, and then threatened to break both his legs. He also punched out another Ajax teammate in the dressing room. At Barca he physically threatened his manager Pep (who is notably absent from your list of admiring quotes). During a training session at AC Milan he tried to break Oguchi Onyewu's leg and then headbutted him, which caused a fight that resulted in Ibra breaking a rib and being out for weeks. He kicked Cassano in the face during an interview, and also kicked another teammate in training. He was also suspended twice in Serie A for punching opponents.

At PSG he was suspended for kicking a goalkeeper, for stamping on Lovren's head and for stamping on Guardado's leg, and he served another four-game suspension for insulting referees.

In MLS he was suspended twice, once for choking a goalkeeper, and repeatedly accused of dirty play. And he also kicked a Sweden teammate during national team training ( and was sent home for breaking curfew.

So yes, he can be a monumental pain in the ass.

Steve Ferns
79 Posted 20/12/2019 at 16:45:10
Mike, that's not a kick, that's a love-tap!

The guy is just a bit mental and seems to do it a lot as a joke Link

Jimmy Hogan
80 Posted 20/12/2019 at 16:52:17
I thought this was off?
Frank Crewe
81 Posted 20/12/2019 at 17:00:48
@Mike 81

The best players tend to be the angriest ones. It is the nature of winners to want to win ALL the time. Can't expect players to be tigers on the pitch but pussycats off it.

What has been the prime complaints about our teams over the last few years? Lack of leaders, too weak willed and prone to collapse when the going gets tough. Well you won't get that with Ibrahimović. Leaders lead all the time. He plays to win and he expects the rest of the players to have the same attitude.

Our current manager did jail time for hitting an opposition player. He got sent off for trying to choke another one. He was the epitome of the no holds barred big striker but we all wish he was in his prime and playing for us now.

Mike Gaynes
82 Posted 20/12/2019 at 17:02:36
True enough, Steve. Definitely a weird critter.

On the flip side, one thing that hasn't been mentioned is the way Ibra works with young players. At LA Galaxy he adopted 17-year-old phenom Efrain Alvarez as his "cub", and the kid credits Ibra's tutelage for helping him break into the starting lineup and cope with professional footy.

Frank Crewe
83 Posted 20/12/2019 at 17:17:52
@ James 69.

I quite agree. For some on here no manager or player is good enough for Everton. If it was left to them we wouldn't have a manager or any players at all. There is no such thing as the perfect manager or players. They all have their pros and cons.
How many here would have been up for buying Jamie Vardy when he was playing for Fleetwood Town? Nobody. The howls of outrage would have been heard from here to Timbuctoo for trying to buy a player from such a lowly side. Not good enough for Everton. Yeah right. Look at him now. We'd take him in a New York minute even if he is 32.
Appointing the right manager and buying the right players is mostly guesswork. So far our guesses have been pretty poor. Maybe we'll have more luck with Ancelotti and son.

Mike Gaynes
84 Posted 20/12/2019 at 17:18:29
Frank #81, I would respectfully dispute both of your points.

Competitive fire is not the same thing as anger, and I do not believe anger is a prerequisite for being a great player. Pele, Messi, Cruyff, Beckenbauer, Platini... all renowned for their composure. Even Cristiano rarely loses his cool to any serious degree. Only Maradona of the greats would qualify as an "angry" player. As for Ibra, the fire is obvious, but he has hurt himself and his team enough times with his losses of control that I would not call him a leader.

And I personally found Duncan as a player to be an embarrassment, perhaps my least favorite Blue ever. After watching him as a manager, I do applaud him for having remade himself into a mature, humble coach and leader who has clearly inspired his players. But I would not have him back on the pitch under any circumstances.

Jay Wood

85 Posted 20/12/2019 at 17:20:30
All rumour and speculation of course, largely on the back of yet more rumour and speculation about Carlo Ancelotti being our next manager.

And at 38 and the salary he would command you would think it would be absolutely barking to even contemplate bringing him to Everton, even on a short term contract.

But then you see the compilation put up by Jason @ 35


You read the praise from the biggest managers and players in the game put up by James @ 76

And it just gives you pause for thought about it not being the maddest idea in the world to expose our squad to the extreme winning mentality of a true giant of the game.

Some of his finishing in Jason's YouTube link leads me to presume that he brings the technique and athletism he has learned from his passion for martial arts - a black belt in Taekwondo, I believe - to the football field.

Some of the CONTROLLED back flicks with his heel from seemingly hapless positions and impossible angles to score happen too often to be mere flukes.

He would certainly shake the tree at Finch Farm and Goodison should this highly unlikely rumour ever come to pass, that's for sure.

Gordon Adie
86 Posted 20/12/2019 at 18:13:17
James 75, I bet there are ten times that number who loath him. He is the ultimate narcissist and I repeat, he will destroy dressing room unity when he discovers he can't hack it at the top level anymore.
Mike Gaynes
87 Posted 20/12/2019 at 18:25:11
Gordon #86, no, he won't. Whatever your view of Ancelotti as a manager, it's well known that he brooks no bullshit. He knows Ibra well, has managed him before (to be player of the year in Ligue 1, which they won), and will punt him quickly if he doesn't live up to his standards.
Gordon Adie
88 Posted 20/12/2019 at 18:34:23
We'll see how it pans out Mike.
Jay Harris
89 Posted 20/12/2019 at 18:41:48
I think its all academic because he wont come here, Ancelotti or not.
Brian Cleveland
90 Posted 20/12/2019 at 19:06:09
Read he says it's back to Italy or retirement, nowhere else.
Colin Glassar
91 Posted 20/12/2019 at 19:20:27
Ibra sounds like a mix of Big Dunc, Duncan McKenzie and Duncan Edwards. Get him in!
Mike Gaynes
92 Posted 20/12/2019 at 20:03:57
Brian #90, good catch, story just out on says Ibra told Everton no. Says he's deciding between AC Milan and hanging 'em up for good.

It would have been interesting....

Annika Herbert
93 Posted 21/12/2019 at 05:38:21
Lets hope it's retirement then, anywhere but Goodison for me.
Justin Doone
94 Posted 21/12/2019 at 07:40:53
Another rubbish rumour but I'd have him any day.

Real quality player. His touch, control, vision, awareness, link up play will not be effected by age. Most importantly he'll score goals provided we create chances.

He's far better than Duncan ever was and another role model for DCL and others to learn how to use their body to protect the ball.

Fitness is more of an issue than age. So whilst I agree with Rooney, Gazza and Ginola being questioned overall the moves made sense at the time.

They all had quality that shone through at times but never fit enough to do it consistently. Game changers and if managed better could have been more successful. Still loved seeing them in blue and Rooney was our top goalscorer.

Alex Parr
95 Posted 22/12/2019 at 09:33:31
I would take Ibra in a heartbeat. I don't think he would be as disruptive as people think, Ancelotti knows him well and would control him.

Plus, just imagine him scaring the shit out of Van Dijk in the derby. Zlatan would not be going to Anfield and pussying out like most of our players have for the past two decades...

Ralph Basnett
96 Posted 22/12/2019 at 10:35:45
The contract should be the same as what SHOULD have been given to fat Sam, only until the end of the season to give us the one thing we are missing at the moment and that is goals or the threat of goals.

Every team in the Premier League knows we can't score for toffee but having him as a threat would make them think again.

Eamonn McEvoy
97 Posted 22/12/2019 at 15:54:58
A little disappointed that this is the only thing on rumour mill!! Had hoped we were going to be already linked with a top class centre half and a game changing midfield player actually comfortable on the ball.

I’ll keep refreshing the page, who do people think we might be linked with? At least no world player will scoff at the thoughts of coming to a team managed by this guy.

Dave Abrahams
98 Posted 22/12/2019 at 20:04:16
Colin (91) Duncan Edwards was a great football player most of his games, Big Dunc when he felt like it and Duncan McKenzie should have been on The Empire.
Andy Crooks
99 Posted 22/12/2019 at 20:20:07
James@ 76, I would love us to have him for the rest of the season but those quotes are meaningless.

I reckon I could fill a page with hyperbole about Stanley Matthews. Put a date beside them.

Jamie Sweet
100 Posted 22/12/2019 at 20:29:27
I'm all for Zlatan signing.

We may not win a trophy this season, but we should be in the mix for goal of the month for the rest of the season at least!

Sam Barrett
101 Posted 22/12/2019 at 20:42:07
I know who I'd like to be leading the line at Anfield in the FA Cup game and it wouldn't be Calvert-Lewin.

Give me Zlatan any day.

Peter Jansson
102 Posted 23/12/2019 at 00:42:07
Ibra is maybe getting older and has his peak behind him, but seriously. The man can still play football and It would be fucken great to see him in Everton. :-). I'd take him any day.

I have heard many in here complaining over the last years that we have "become a soft bunch" and so forth. With Zlatan, you definitely got a cure on that.

Zlatan hates to lose. I love that! I love footballers that hate to lose. That is what football is about, winning.

David Connor
103 Posted 23/12/2019 at 08:22:35
Ibrahimovic, even at 38, is miles better than any striker we have at the club at the moment. A young striker would learn tons from training with a world class player like Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

One big concern is his fitness though. We have too many glass players here already. Can we afford another one? Probably not, but who knows. Only a week ago, who would have thought we would have Carlo as our boss? COYB

Kim Vivian
104 Posted 23/12/2019 at 16:28:06
Zlatan and V Dijk face off in the penalty area for a corner/free kick for the Blues. Would love to see that.
Ray Roche
105 Posted 23/12/2019 at 16:38:36
Kim, Ancellotti said that Ibrahimovic is welcome to visit Liverpool but not to play.
Brent Stephens
106 Posted 23/12/2019 at 16:40:37
Son apparently appealing his red card - his third of the year, no less. How the hell can you appeal that red card? On what basis? He slipped? He was trying to flip himself back on his feet? Ludicrous. Please don't tell me he'll win this appeal.
Dano Holcomb
107 Posted 24/12/2019 at 01:46:44
Would love to see Zlatan play for Everton. Doesn't look like Don Carlo is on for that but anything could still happen. Zlatan seems to be a good negotiator and is still one of the best in the game. Would be an immediate force and cutting edge personality we lack.
Jay Harris
108 Posted 24/12/2019 at 04:49:57
As Ray (#105) said: leave it to the voice of reason.

Ancelotti laughed when he was asked about Ibramovic and said "He is a good friend and if he wants to come to Everton he is welcome, but not to play."

Hope that is the end of silly season.

Jer Kiernan
109 Posted 24/12/2019 at 14:07:49
I would not be against this on two conditions:

1) That the contract negotiated takes into account that he is past his best and would be no longer than 2 seasons, if not a 1-year rolling contract without offering colossal sums.

2) That he is not seen as our primary striker but more a mentor to Calvert-Lewin, Kean and the other £60-80mil striker we bring in.

Let's wait and see before judging. Also to note that we are buying what is in his head at this stage also and his presence in the dressing room.

Paul Jones
110 Posted 24/12/2019 at 18:39:39
Okay, here's something I heard today. My source isn't at the heart of things but she knows some key people in what I'm about to pass on...

There's a bouncer/security guard she knows who was hired yesterday to escort Ibrahimović (I don't call him by his first name because I don't actually like him) to Finch Farm from an airport (possibly Speke but I'm going deaf so can't be sure) for a medical.

There you go. Slag me off at your leisure because I would if I was reading this. And have a great Christmas y'all! X

Brian Wilkinson
111 Posted 24/12/2019 at 22:33:39
Which runway was it, Paul/ 5,4,3,2,1.
Jerome Shields
112 Posted 25/12/2019 at 10:26:27
Sure he is. But things have changed at Everton.
Drew O'Neall
113 Posted 25/12/2019 at 10:31:29
Merry Xmas blues!
Steve Shave
114 Posted 25/12/2019 at 10:35:44
Merry Xmas, fellow Blues. Thanks for sharing the gossip, Paul (110), true or not, it's exciting, I for one love all the speculation! It would be a shrewd move in my eyes, even if only until the end of the season before he hangs up his boots.

Sure, he's 38 but his sheer self-belief seems to enable him to rise to whatever challenge he faces, what a professional role model for Calvert-Lewin and Keen to learn from. I do hope we find a way to ship out Tosun though, my word he's been a disappointment!

Jerome Shields
115 Posted 25/12/2019 at 13:30:28
He is coming to visit, as Ancelotti offered. Maybe he is going to get Dunc's old job.
Derek Thomas
116 Posted 25/12/2019 at 14:37:37
Jer; get real, he'll only come for big money... and if we pay big money he plays till he can't run a step.
James Marshall
117 Posted 26/12/2019 at 17:40:00
Report saying Zlatan is rejoining Milan.
Terry White
118 Posted 26/12/2019 at 17:47:02
James (#117), report only actually says he is "in talks" with Milan.
Keith Harrison
119 Posted 27/12/2019 at 08:34:28
Welcome to him, Milan. Bullet dodged, Everton. We have enough passengers in the club without having to totally set a team up specifically for another.
Robert Tressell
120 Posted 27/12/2019 at 16:11:14
Can we have some more up to date transfer rumours? Sad as I am, they keep me going. Even the made up ones.
Brian Wilkinson
121 Posted 28/12/2019 at 14:13:37
Here we go Robert just for you, there is hot news off the press saying we are going to resign Gaye as he has put a tweet message up and people are now putting 2 and 2 together.

In other news reports are being dismissed that Requelme was humming Imagine at Liverpool airport trying to hide under cover with a long coat, pork pie hat and false beard on reading an old copy of the Evertonian.

Merson is in awe of Man Utd wanting to lure Richarlison away, he was heard saying what a player Richarlison is and well worth one hundred million and should follow his dream.

Finally Duncan Ferguson is under house arrest, after finally snapping at Carragher interviewing him and belittling Everton, Dunc could hold back no more and slam Dunked Carra.

Hope that has kept you ticked over Robert.

Conor McCourt
122 Posted 28/12/2019 at 14:23:23
Brian 121-you are a horrible man. I just seen the first few lines of your post on the home page and got a little bit excited. However on checking the thread my hopes were dashed.
Brian Wilkinson
123 Posted 28/12/2019 at 18:35:16
Sorry Conner Robert needed a fix, he over did the mince pies.
John P McFarlane
124 Posted 28/12/2019 at 18:38:41
Brian Wilkinson
125 Posted 30/12/2019 at 23:46:13
Oh well Conor lets throw the Tosun links that will no doubt appear during the window.

Roll up roll up the Turks are battling it out to try and land Tosun on loan, you can bet your bottom dollar it will only be a loan move they want with no interest whatsoever of buying the player.

Hopefully Palace or some other team will come in for Tosun, any fee has got to be better than loaning him out.

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