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Everton to sign Lorenzo Insigne in exchange for Moise Kean

Sunday, 29 December 2019 52comments  |  Jump to last
Reports suggest that Everton are set to sign Napoli star Lorenzo Insigne in with Moise Kean moving the other way in a swap transfer deal.

Ancelotti worked with Insigne when he was in charge of Napoli up until getting sacked earlier this month. But The Italian was giving nothing away in terms of the club's plans for strengthening the team and perhaps making some corrections to the squad next month:

“We have an idea to invest and try to improve the team but I have to speak with Marcel [Brands, Everton Director of Football] first because he has an idea, I have an idea and together we can find the right solutions,” he said.

“I think we don't need to make a lot of changes in this period.

"If there is a possibility to improve the squad with one or two players, it can be helpful, but we don't have to change a lot in this period because this squad didn't reach the level in this part of the season and I would like to help them reach their level in the second part.”

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Peter Roberts
1 Posted 29/12/2019 at 12:29:33
The BBC gossip column also has the inevitable links with our new manager's former employers by linking us to Lorenzo Insigne.

I could be wrong but isn't he another attacking midfielder who can play as a No 10 or on either wing, and not a striker that is arguably more in focus (as good as Calvert-Lewin has been recently)?

Derek Knox
2 Posted 29/12/2019 at 12:52:04
I know it's technically still the Christmas period, and Panto Season is still in full swing, but, ' old lamps for new' doesn't quite sound right on this one.

I could understand if it was Tosun or Niasse or Schneiderlin plus cash adjustment, but fail to see us getting shut of a young prospect like Kean. Who I believe after he gets his first goal the rest will follow.

Don't pay too much attention to the gossip columns just before the Window opens, because of who our new Manager is, we are bound to be linked with every Tomasso, Riccardo and Harry, he has ever been associated with.

Tony Everan
3 Posted 29/12/2019 at 14:01:58
Derek did you mean Harrihoudini ?

Think West Ham maybe trying to sign him

Kev Gibbs
4 Posted 29/12/2019 at 14:02:44
Actually Derek, it would be Tosun, Niasse, Schniderlin and a shit load of money.
John Raftery
5 Posted 29/12/2019 at 14:14:55
The priority must surely be to strengthen our options in midfield. We have been down to the bare bones and cannot rely on Delph staying fit for the rest of the season. That said, any squad changes should have the future in mind as well as the short term requirement to move up the league table.

We are not so well blessed with forwards that we can afford to reduce our numbers up front. Releasing Kean just after a game in which he finally started to show some promise would feel like a backward step.

Insigne is an attacking midfielder who like Bernard can play wide and centrally. At 5 ft 4 ins he is the same height as Bernard but has a much better goal scoring record, albeit less so this season. Against that he is 28 and therefore unlikely to improve.

If we are looking to build a team capable of challenging the very best we need to be very selective about the number and quality of players we have in their late twenties and early thirties. At the moment we have a few too many. Adding to their number seems to me injurious to longer term squad building.

Brian Williams
6 Posted 29/12/2019 at 14:36:05
Also heard YSL swap for DCL, Omar in and Oumar out, and lastly Uncle Tom for young Tom.
Remember you heard it here first.

In all seriousness though the actual rumour was that we were going to swap a Vauxhall Insignia for Micheal Keane.

Derek Knox
7 Posted 29/12/2019 at 14:39:12
Brian @6, that's Widdicombe Fair Enough, but could be a load of Cobley and all. :-)
Brian Williams
8 Posted 29/12/2019 at 14:40:22
Now updated Derek. 🤣
Steven Bencz
9 Posted 29/12/2019 at 14:56:33
It is inevitable we would be linked to some Napoli players. There are some I would not mind seeing either.

Koulibaly 28 yrs old Senegalese CB who I believe we wanted long ago. I hear he's near untouchable as he is a favourite of the owner and the fans. This could be our van Dick signing.

Zielinski 25 yrs old Polish midfielder. He seems to be out of favour at the club too. We could use a midfield addition.

L.Insigne 28 yrs old attacker. I don't see why we would give up on Kean just yet. Having Ancelotti work with him for the next few years is what his development needs.

There are so many players we have to jettison to raise both the floor and the ceiling of our team. I would be okay with these addition while subtracting some deadwood (Niasse, Tosun, Schneiderlein asap, players like Siggy, Keane, Delph, Bernard hopefully summertime when we can keep adding quality additions)

Brent Stephens
10 Posted 29/12/2019 at 14:57:25
Brian #6 "the actual rumour was that we were going to swap a Vauxhall Insignia for Micheal Keane".

The Insignia car? Or just the badge on the front of a Vauxhall?

Brian Williams
11 Posted 29/12/2019 at 15:02:21
Good question Brent!
Ray Roche
12 Posted 29/12/2019 at 15:03:53
Steven, Bernard had an excellent game last time out playing in more central position. It would be short sighted madness to consider getting rid of one of the more creative players that we have.
Steven Bencz
13 Posted 29/12/2019 at 15:08:11
Ray, I like Bernard more than most I believe. Long term I think there are better players we need. You are right though, he is one of the better ones now
Eddie Dunn
14 Posted 29/12/2019 at 15:31:08
If we want value for money we need to go Mexican or brazillian. The teams that played Liverpool in the mini mouse world club thingy had guys who were technically a world away from half of our plodders.
Eric Myles
15 Posted 29/12/2019 at 15:38:22
I wonder what Carlo makes of Niasse and him being a fan favourite??

Albeit not as a player?

Derek Taylor
16 Posted 29/12/2019 at 15:41:44
Carlo is unlikely to be coveting players who were 'out of favour' when he picked the team at Napoli. Word is he's about to call off Brand's search for a striker as he will concentrate on developing DCL, Kean and Richie.

A bit pointless arguing over transfer candidates on here - or finding every fault with the keeper as they say he always has his own way. Thank goodness !

Mark Tanton
17 Posted 29/12/2019 at 15:57:01
I'd be amazed if Kean doesn't begin to find opportunities now, I think he's staying. He is looking more sharp and confident and hopefully some goals will follow.
Andrew Laird
18 Posted 29/12/2019 at 16:34:33
I love nonsense rumours, how many “swap” deals are there? The swap deal rumours fill column inches of every bullshit rag every single day yet has more than a single swap deal ever actually happened except Sanchez and Mikytarian? I can't think of any others in the last 3 years?
Dale Rose
19 Posted 29/12/2019 at 17:02:39
Kean is a definite keeper. Not going anywhere. Tabloid shite.
Andrew James
20 Posted 29/12/2019 at 18:03:42
Any such deal would reflect badly on Brands and, unless the player is agitating to go, should not be allowed to happen.

But I guess the tabloids are making it up as it's plausible our mostly unused young Italian would be the only one to go the other way if we wanted Napoli players.

It's when the gossip columns contain random and left field stories that I think they might be true because the media don't have that level of imagination. And this is tiresomely predictable so it probably isn't.

Jason Conlan
21 Posted 29/12/2019 at 18:52:47
This won't happen for a couple of reasons the first one being that Insigne and Ancelotti fell out before he left Napoli and the second one being that Kean has only been here a matter of months and would be seen as a failure on Brands CV. Carlo also said he tried to sign Kean before he chose to come to Everton so why would he sell him?
Colin Glassar
22 Posted 29/12/2019 at 18:54:46
I’d swap Iwobi for Ena Sharples. As for Kean, keep him.
Fran Mitchell
23 Posted 29/12/2019 at 18:56:33
Media bull. Can't see any major changes this January, as always there is no value to be had and Ancelotti is right, he needs to see what he has got already.

The team has been badly managed and coached for so long, that we need to see if any of the current lot can step up.

For example, 1 month ago 90% on here thought striker was No1 priority ( I have never thought that and still don't). But with DCL finding his goalscoring boots, Richarlison, and Kean in reserve with much still to show, why waste money on a striker now?

Many thought a defender was also a priority, but Holgate stepping up offers another possibility.

If anything, midfield could need bolstering, but then again, Gomes will be back next season, and GBamin should also return. Can Davies step up like his peers DCL and Holgate have?

At right back Sibide is getting more settled, and we have Kenny to come back next season.

So apart from moving on the likes of Tosun, Niasse, Schneiderlin, and, please God, Walcott, can't see much movement. Maybe a couple of players just to build the squad, but certainly no 'marquee' signings.

Robert Tressell
24 Posted 29/12/2019 at 19:40:55
I always felt we needed a left footed centre half (ideally who can also play LB) and a versatile midfielder. I change my mind a bit but tend to return to this as being what we need the most. The interesting article about our finances and FFP shows how carefully money must be spent. We've also had an extraordinary turnover of playing staff with v few having been with us for more than a couple of seasons. So need new faces, but also need stability to help maintain the team spirit that Dunc managed create out of nothing. That means a few new faces but of v good quality (unlikely to be insigne or koulibaly) in the 22 to 25 bracket (like gbamin who I expect will be terrific for us). Maybe some more speculative signings in the 18 to 20 bracket. If there's no one worth having in Jan that really fits the bill then its best just to wait. Quality is always better than quantity.
Tony Twist
25 Posted 29/12/2019 at 19:41:40
Hopefully this is bullsh*t. Not what we want, too small for this league, Bernard mk 2?
We need a centre midfield magician, central defender and a hard knock, take no prisoners, centre forward.
Clark Hughes
26 Posted 29/12/2019 at 19:42:40
Clear nonsense here. Kean doing better and will be getting goals soon enough.
Scott Robinson
27 Posted 29/12/2019 at 20:16:28
I agree. The Kean exchange makes no sense. Ok, the 'kid' hasn't settled, but in a dysfunctional team with an out of depth manager, who wouldn't. Now, we have a world class ITALIAN manager, who allegedly wanted to sign Kean and would've looked at the Everton squad before hand and said he wanted to work with him. So, I only see a cash deal or some other squad player exchange.
Bill Griffiths
28 Posted 29/12/2019 at 20:21:58
I'm with Fran (#23) on this. I think a couple of loan players may come in.
Bill Watson
29 Posted 29/12/2019 at 20:39:24
The unexpected(?) good form of DCL and Holgate has obviated the need for panic buys in the Jan. window although if a really good creative midfielder became available, at the right price, it may be worth a punt.

We're only 2 points worse off than this time last year and, although we have scored far fewer goals, I think the injury ravaged midfield needs strengthening more than up front. Sort the midfield and the goals should start to flow and the defence won't be so exposed.

Other than that I'd leave it until the summer when Brands and Ancelotti should be better able to appraise what we have and what they think we need.

Bill Gienapp
30 Posted 29/12/2019 at 21:40:45
I don't buy this for one second. Ancelotti's not going to come in and immediately cut bait on one of our most promising assets. He already said he rates him and wanted to sign him at Napoli. Kean's probably one of the few pieces of the current squad that genuinely appealed to him in the first place.
Drew O'Neall
31 Posted 29/12/2019 at 21:53:24
Fran @ 23

I’d suggest Minimetro - or whatever his name is - whom that lot will sign in January, might prove to be value at £7m.

There’s always value it just depends how good your scouting network is - ours has been turning up hidden gems like Walcott, Sigurdsson, and Zaha for whom their Premier League registration holders are keen to charge top dollar.

Mark Andersson
32 Posted 29/12/2019 at 22:55:40
Dale Ross I thought Keane was a striker not a keeper...

Anyway this is bull shit. Keane will finally settle down with Carlo in charge

I feel we wont get anyone in the window, but hopefully a few out of the foor though.

I hear We may see JJ Kenny back

Steve Shave
33 Posted 29/12/2019 at 23:25:54
What a load of nonsense! I think we will sign a CB #freezouma and given we have £50M of CM's out injured, a 6 month loan for an out of favour CM from of the big boys would make alot of sense to me. Vidal? I wish.
Jerome Shields
34 Posted 29/12/2019 at 23:48:43
Such is the enthusiasm of the Italian press to link most of the players in that country with a move to Everton;
I suggest that Everton employ someone who can speak Italian in the PR department , even give them a fancy BB title and set up a supporters Club in Italy. Obviously there is a ready market for such news.
Nicholas Ryan
35 Posted 30/12/2019 at 00:19:30
Brian [6] … YSL swap …. surely Yves Saint-Laurent is too good for Everton!!
Kenny Smith
36 Posted 30/12/2019 at 09:22:38
Don't forget when Kean came in he set a target of 7 goals for the season. He only ever scored 6 league goals for Juve. That suggests to me he knew he was unlikely to play from the start of the season and would have to fight for his place from the off.

The lad needs time and hopefully he'll get it. We don't want to bomb him out like Chelsea did to Lukaku only to regret it.

Simon Jones
37 Posted 30/12/2019 at 10:56:03
In my opinion there won't be much spare cash in the club to go making big signings in January, so wouldn't be surprised to see a swap or a loan coming in, just to freshen things in the squad. Selling the so-called "deadwood" won't be easy as they are all on big wages and most of the contracts ending in June 2020 are academy players.

If a decent offer came in for one of players (thinking Sigurdsson, Pickford, Michael Keane, Walcott), I wonder if there would be a temptation to take the money?

Fran Mitchell
38 Posted 30/12/2019 at 11:51:00
Pickford Simon? Not gonna happen, and we'd be stupid

1) Sell Pickford then have how long to sound out a replacement, and then have the selling club charge us a fortune as we're desperate and face a half season with Lossl as No1? Serious?

2) sell Pickford before a euro 2020 which he is likely to be No1 for England, where all he needs is 1 good game, 1 penalty save in a shoot out and his value soars.

3) some people need a whipping boy, and with DCL and Holgate proving to be much more than Championship players, Pickford now appears to be the man to blame all our ills, despite this, he is still a very good keeper (all keepers make mistakes) and young with room to improve, and I certainly don't know of anyone who could come in and be an immediate improvement.

Russ Quinlan
39 Posted 30/12/2019 at 12:39:05
The difference between DCL during Silvas time and now was he played 1 up front and DCL is not that sort of forward. Since Dunc and now Carlo came in, there are at least 2 up front and DCL plays off the others instead of hopeful balls from a non creative midfield. Carlo has already emphasized to DCL to sty in the box and saturday was a prime example, long may it continue.
Tom Bowers
40 Posted 30/12/2019 at 14:17:53
Already there has been a big improvement since Silva got canned.
The table position looks so much healthier and players are putting in a much bigger shift.

Carlos may not splash big at this stage even if one or two results coming up go awry.

City are not the team of last year and are struggling at the back where Fernandinho is making mistakes. The influence of Aguero and David Silva is not the same (Silva being injured).

However, they are still a tough group to get anything from and the RS game equally tough as they always find a way to win unless they put the under 23's out.

Alan Johnson
41 Posted 30/12/2019 at 14:43:52
Linked with James Rodriguez- The Ancelotti effect...
Robert Tressell
42 Posted 30/12/2019 at 14:52:34
I think Ive been guilty of doubting Pickford recently. Well done those asking for a bit of patience and perspective. Far better to coach what we've got than keep buying. Paying dividends with Holgate, DCL and Davies. Optimistic that Kean and Iwobi will be next to shine. Could see the Rodriguez links coming true. He can play a variety of positions, knows Mina already I guess and quite possibly Ancelotti too. Would be a big statement even if on loan.
Paul Jones
43 Posted 30/12/2019 at 15:16:34
In a recent TV magazine programme ( may have been football focus ) Steve Mcmanaman briefly spoke about Kean's off field social activities as being the course of his poor form and he needed to be more professional. This was quickly shut down and the subject moved on. If true then do not see Ancelotti having the patience to be a kinder-garden football social worker and professionalism to be a given regardless of age unless the talent is Maradona like.
Terry White
44 Posted 30/12/2019 at 15:49:47
Mark (#32), do you mean "Kean"? or "Keane"? So far this weekend TWers have misnamed Davies, Sharp, Digne, Calvert-Lewin and now Kean. As someone earlier pointed out, it's not difficult to spell the name of our players correctly.
Clark Hughes
45 Posted 30/12/2019 at 15:54:38
James Rodriguez is an interesting one, a big name to get excited about and he certainly had some great moments for Bayern. Let the fun times roll!
Dave Abrahams
46 Posted 30/12/2019 at 16:03:26
Terry (44), I’m afraid I get mixed up spelling the two Everton players with the same sounding name, it’s pure laziness, Keane is the English centre back and Kean is the Italian striker.
Eddie Dunn
47 Posted 30/12/2019 at 16:04:09
Russ @39, indeed, some of us have been calling for two strikers for ages.
DCL has manfully tried up there on his todd and done pretty well with his incredible workrate but to do that and add goals is another matter. Much better to get Kean or Richarlison up nearer to him to share the work load and distract defenders.
Jay Wood

48 Posted 30/12/2019 at 16:20:08
As others have mentioned, plenty shook their heads at how isolated our main striker increasingly became under Silva.

Both Duncan and Carlo corrected that anomaly.

But I don't hold with the belief that we don't need more - or rather, better - strikers at the club. To ensure competition and cover we need a bare minimum of at least one more quality striker added to the squad.

For regular readers, hazard a guess who I would go for?

Rolf Tomander
49 Posted 30/12/2019 at 16:21:12
What if we played sarha Ferguson in a deep role ?
That Would confuse alot


Derek Knox
50 Posted 31/12/2019 at 07:21:39
Dave @ 46, aha, a keen observation! :-)
Derek Knox
51 Posted 31/12/2019 at 07:24:24
Jay @ 48, it wouldn't begin with Gabi and end in Gol would it? Step up Snr Gabriel Barbosa.
Jim Harrison
52 Posted 01/01/2020 at 08:55:49
Swap rumours are almost invariably bollocks. Very rare these days

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