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Everton and Calvert-Lewin in contract talks amid Man United interest

Tuesday, 31 December 2019 68comments  |  Jump to last
With reports that Manchester United have turned their attentions to Dominic Calvert-Lewin after top target Erling Haaland joined Borussia Dortmund, The Telegraph claim that Everton expect to agree terms with the striker on a new contract.

Haaland had been tipped to join up with compatriot Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford but ended up signed for the Bundesliga side for a reported £18m instead.

Now, Solskjaer supposedly has his eyes on a £50m move for Calvert-Lewin, whom the Toffees signed for just £1.5m three years ago and whose career is starting to take off with some real goalscoring form in recent weeks.

The Telegraph's Sam Wallace has reported that talks with the 22-year-old's representatives have progressed and that terms on an improved, extended deal are close to being agreed.

Sky Sports correspondent Alan Myers says, however, that while negotiations are set to begin shortly, suggestions that a settlement is imminent are “premature”.

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Robert Leigh
1 Posted 31/12/2019 at 08:24:32
Wow - £50m??
I think we’d al have taken that three months ago when he was dropped for Tosun.

Now though he is playing very well, has his tail up and is looking like the striker we’ve needed for a good while.

Derek Knox
2 Posted 31/12/2019 at 08:29:29
This is surely Football gone mad, as Robert said no-one was interested (as far as we know) a few weeks ago, the lad scores a few goals, and all of a sudden he's worth £50M?

Who's to say he will carry on scoring (hope he does) in the months ahead?

Martin Mason
3 Posted 31/12/2019 at 08:39:20
He is a thoroughbred and would be well worth that at today's prices.
Phil Malone Jnr
4 Posted 31/12/2019 at 08:41:26
Hahaha!!! I think it’s meant to say 50p, and I’d bite their hand off for that n all
Ray Roche
5 Posted 31/12/2019 at 08:52:05
Remember when Davies had a stormer against City when he first came into the side? The (toilet) papers announced that United were “preparing a bid”, he was “ on their radar”, “ following his progress “ etc. It’s all shite just to sell papers.
Martin Berry
6 Posted 31/12/2019 at 08:59:48
He is a talent and I am sure a lot of teams will be interested, however this is this weeks journalist space filling, next week it will be someone else.
John Graham
7 Posted 31/12/2019 at 09:02:28
Funny season already started with agents trying to boost the value and wages of their clients.
Expect a few new contracts to be getting discussed.
Jerome Shields
8 Posted 31/12/2019 at 09:08:30
No chance.
Eric Myles
9 Posted 31/12/2019 at 09:10:51
During the Newcastle game the commentators mentioned a few times that United are interested in Richarlison for £70 million.

Can't OSG make up his mind?

Fortunately Ancelloti seems to want to keep both so I guess he'll get his way.

Steve Brown
10 Posted 31/12/2019 at 09:34:11
Don't sell him for £150 million to United. We are aiming to overtake them so why sell them our young talent? Those days should be gone.

Offer Schneiderlin, Sigurddson or Walcott.

Henrik Lyngsie
11 Posted 31/12/2019 at 09:45:50
Breaking News. Sky reporters understands from a source, that there is ONE player in the Tanzanian superleague who scored a goal last week, who is NOT rumored to United. Sky will monitor the situation closely and if he ever scores again and is still not rumored to United, then Sky will approach both FIFA, the FA and the Football Agents Honourable and Honest Association for further comments.
Andrew Laird
12 Posted 31/12/2019 at 09:48:09
Haha, another in form Everton player the rags are trying to unsettle. They just don’t like us doing well do they?
Paul Tran
13 Posted 31/12/2019 at 09:48:42
Like Richarlison, why would he be interested in taking a step down to United?
Iain Johnston
14 Posted 31/12/2019 at 09:55:46
His goal ratio per minutes played (142) is one of the best in the league, certainly top 5... there's only Aguero (98), Vardy (101), Abraham (124) & Aubayeyang (138) ahead of him and only Abraham in a similar age bracket.

I think many of us were critical of him and wanted a response. For me he's certainly done that plus now that the coaching staff are explaining to him that by leading the line you look for space rather than just follow the ball he's getting on the end of a lot more crosses.

Our problem is unlike some other teams above us we don't have another forward with a similar conversion rate.

I'm pleased for the lad and I'm looking forward to him giving Otemendi a nightmare tomorrow.

Tommy Surgenor
15 Posted 31/12/2019 at 09:56:44
Paul the Esk will be happy with that. It would be classed as 50m pure profit for accountancy terms.
If I understand correctly, it would also allow us to purchase a player at a higher value than 50m and not Immediately fall foul of FFP. (As the new players fee would be amortised over a number of years). This is the only way Carlo can get new players in.

However, even in DCLs darkest days on this page, I have always been a supporter of his. He has all the right athletic criteria to go right to the very top. I really like him and I am so glad it’s finally starting to click for him. So many time’s over the last few seasons I have felt he just needed that little bit of luck to get him going. It could just as easily fall apart for him again but I believe in him.

I’d prefer us to balance the books by shifting on Walcott, Schniderlin, Tosun, Keane and Sigurdson but not sure we could get much more than their amortised values at this point in time.

Tony Abrahams
16 Posted 31/12/2019 at 09:57:35
When people have said this in the past Paul, we all know that it probably wasn’t the full truth, (even to us people who think Everton are the greatest club in the world) but when you say it now, then it definitely has a much more ring of truth to it, especially when you consider who the managers are at both of these clubs.

Let’s hope this feel-good factor can continue, because once Evertonians unite, then we all know anything is possible, so let’s switch the gear, and start talking about who we are going to sign!

David Greenwood
17 Posted 31/12/2019 at 10:00:57
Paul @14, my thoughts exactly.

Alan Burnham
18 Posted 31/12/2019 at 10:03:48
I'm disappointed that anything including the phrase "according to the Sun" finds its way onto this site.

Robert Tressell
19 Posted 31/12/2019 at 10:11:12
They have Rashford, Martial and Greenwood already. And they are short of quality in midfield - which they will sort out in summer after sorting their defence out last summer. There will be zero interest in Calvert-Lewin. More likely someone like Cavani on a free to provide muscle and quality to give the kids a breather.

Raises an interesting point though. Man Utd are in transition and a club we are looking to catch. OGS is trying to build something by blooding youngsters and developing players. They look a bit chaotic now but if they ditch Pogba and bring in well motivated quality in that central area they could be very good next season.

So hard to compete with these teams. Arsenal however are more catchable — especially if Abameyang leaves.

Paul Birmingham
20 Posted 31/12/2019 at 10:47:28
Media Bull, why would Everton wish to offload DCL, right now?

Just because United are in decline doesn’t warrant we sell them our best players.

Everton will be looking to trade this next transfer window, but not our best players to any team.

Frank Crewe
21 Posted 31/12/2019 at 10:55:59
Every time some player or other scores a goal Utd are suddenly about to buy them for some ridiculous amount of money. Up until recently it was Richarlison but now that DCL has hit some form it's him that Utd must have.
Apparently "The Sun" still thinks every player on the planet secretly wants to play for Utd and they can just swan in and scoop up any player they want whenever they want them by just waving a big cheque under the selling clubs nose. I think those days ended the moment old Red Nose packed it in. Since then they have not been the power they once were and I doubt will ever be again. Other clubs have money now including Everton so we don't have to part with our best players to Utd or any other club.
I would expect this kind of rubbish from the internet sites who get their info from Twitter but not a so called national news paper. But I suppose they have column inches to fill so it's something Everton and other clubs just have to put up with.
Mark Dunford
22 Posted 31/12/2019 at 11:03:16
Hopefully just mindless speculation. DCL is now fulfilling his rich potential and Everton need to tie him down to a longer term contract. Same can be said for Holgate. Both combine determination and dedication with talent. Hopefully some of the other young players will come through, too.

We need to offload some of the deadweight and sell some of those who have failed to deliver before their market value sinks further.

Man Utd should be the fourth premier team in North West England at end of the season.

Erik Dols
23 Posted 31/12/2019 at 11:03:45
I don’t think DCL will be absolute world class – he is no new Mbappe, Messi, Cristiano. But to sell him now when he slowly starts to fulfill his potential would be madness. Even if he doesn’t score at all in the second half of the season, he still will be worth a big amount of money for being young, English, scored in double figures this season. Does not make sense to sell him.

Get rid of Tosun, Niasse, Walcott et al. Do not sell our young up and coming blokes. I expect both Brands and Ancelotti to feel the same.

Neil Wood
24 Posted 31/12/2019 at 11:21:22
Long shot but does anyone know anyone who has a spare for Sunday ??? I had found someone on Twitter but he seems to have gone quiet !!


Brian Williams
25 Posted 31/12/2019 at 11:24:47
Next it'll be "claimed" that Man Utd have now moved on to Tosun for... ooooh, let's pluck a figure out of thin air, shall we? Or maybe just use the £50m that's been quoted for Richarlison and now Calbvert-Lewin.

Sorry, can't continue, such complete and utter media tripe that to even get into any form of discussion about it is just laughable!

Some of the buds on my shrubs are actually beginning to show you know, in December! Weather's gone mad!

Alan McGuffog
26 Posted 31/12/2019 at 11:40:04
Imagine we had re appointed Moyse. DCL would be on the first bus up the East Lancs. We knew our place under David.
Richard Lyons
27 Posted 31/12/2019 at 11:40:28
Alan @14: HEAR, HEAR!
Drew O'Neall
28 Posted 31/12/2019 at 11:51:16
Haha jog on!

Irrelevant club.

Derek Knox
29 Posted 31/12/2019 at 11:59:48
Brian @25, sounds serious that mate, a trip to the Doctor's mightn't be a bad thing! :-)
Brian Williams
30 Posted 31/12/2019 at 12:06:07
Derek. The utter madness of this piece has affected me mate!
Tony Abrahams
31 Posted 31/12/2019 at 12:38:26
I’m not sure about that Alan@26, and I’m actually a bit worried we might have actually got the wrong manager, the way Moyes now wants to start developing kids!
Mike Keating
32 Posted 31/12/2019 at 12:48:23
All bollocks to sell advertising space
Don’t go there - I wish I didn’t
Phil Greenough
33 Posted 31/12/2019 at 12:57:57
Alan@18. My thoughts exactly. It's embarrassing that the rag is mentioned anywhere on Merseyside, never mind on one of its top forums. I could understand if someone from outside of Merseyside referenced them, but then if they truly knew Everton and the city, maybe not.

I feel that the reference, or even the whole article should be removed. After all, it is only crap journalism, which has no truth to it and probably total bollocks. It's equivalent to what McNulty does on the BBC football website.

Sam Hoare
34 Posted 31/12/2019 at 13:24:41
His underlying stats have been good for a while even before the goals started coming. The amount of ground covered, the duels won, the speeds he reaches. This is why a good few of us has wanted to persevere with him. He has many of the tools to be a complete striker. His finishing is not the most natural but he’s improving and crucially the goals are beginning to come. Another season like the last few weeks and he’ll be worth a lot more than £50m. Consistency will be the key.
Steve Guy
35 Posted 31/12/2019 at 13:38:09
Instead of guesstimates on his financial worth I’d rather focus on his value to the team priceless on current form.

Media tripe is all about disruption to our momentum startled that we landed one of the worlds best coaches, they still knee jerk that we are desperate to sell our best players. Pitiful excuse just to sell clicks.

Daniel A Johnson
36 Posted 31/12/2019 at 13:46:08
There could be genuine legs with this story.

United are building a young team and Richarlison and DCL certainly tick that box. You could argue Utd might be interesting in buying now before DCL's price sky rockets further.

We do have history with Utd picking at our dead carcass after all

Alan J Thompson
37 Posted 31/12/2019 at 13:52:00
Not a problem, swap him for Martial, Rashford and that bloke who causes trouble in the sheds...yeah, Pogba, that's him. Seems just as reasonable to me
Kevin Dyer
38 Posted 31/12/2019 at 14:04:47
#9 Eric that was winding me up no end. OK it was NBC (I think) so no doubt there's a lot more United fans in the US than EFC but it is disrespectful for the commentators on our game to be hawking around our best players to what we'd consider to be rivals. They were making it sound like it'd be a good deal too! Just cut it out.

As for DCL, jog on. He's a better all-around no.9 than anything they've got (Martial is more "talented" but strikes me as a man-child who needs his hand holding, DCL is a man).

We have now got one of the best managers in the world and the best to grace GP in 30 years. What we can no longer do is sell our better players to United, those days are over. To develop a team you keep those elements, particularly the younger players and add to it. Offload those fringe players that are on big money yet offering minimal contribution, make some room on the wage bill.

Steve Shave
39 Posted 31/12/2019 at 14:09:52
DCL will be getting a new improved contract for sure.
Tom Barton
40 Posted 31/12/2019 at 14:11:41
Lads, save your internet allowance, its a load of fuckin bollocks.
Have a great new year etc etc :-) babmar
Tony Everan
41 Posted 31/12/2019 at 14:28:04
DCL's going nowhere, he is an integral part of of current and future strikeforce. There's no way we will be selling any of our young talent.

Man Utd are shit scared we are assembling a young and talented side they will struggle to match. Tell Man Utd they can have Tosun instead.

Another source for the Telegraph is saying DCL is about to sign a new improved 5 year contract more than doubling his salary from 35k to 75k pw.

That seems a more reliable story, and I think it will be a true one.

Dale Rose
42 Posted 31/12/2019 at 14:29:33
I've heard Messi and Neymar are coming in a straight swap for Niasse and Sandro. Can somebody give me directions to journalism school. . Some fella said over the bridge at the Pier Head. I couldn't find it though.
Brian Williams
43 Posted 31/12/2019 at 14:31:25

Yehhhhhhhhhhh course there could.

By the way, wanna buy some magic beans mate?

Bobby Mallon
44 Posted 31/12/2019 at 14:53:36
We are not selling him to anyone for less than 150 million.
Christy Ring
45 Posted 31/12/2019 at 15:00:46
Typical Sun tripe, Calvert-Lewin starting to shine, since Dunc, and now Ancelotti, have played two upfront, so Utd want to sign him and Richarlison, and why would Carlo sell our two top players, when he's here to build a successful side? Utter bullshit, maybe a straight swap Tosun for Martial.
Phil Sammon
46 Posted 31/12/2019 at 15:31:22
Here we go...90 Minutes reporting DCL is set to sign a new £75k per week contract. I have no idea what the lad is on now but that seems like a massive amount of money for someone who is still very unproven.

Mike Gaynes
47 Posted 31/12/2019 at 15:43:50
Phil #46. DCL is currently the lowest-paid first-team Blue at just £20,000/week.

By comparison Cuco Martina makes £35k, Niasse makes £55k and Sandro (yes, we're still paying him) makes about £65k.

So I'd say this big raise for DCL is thoroughly deserved, and in today's salary structure the number seems just about right.

Paul Jeronovich
48 Posted 31/12/2019 at 16:49:55
The end of the season would possibly make more sense for any new contract negotiation with DCL. Based on where we end up in the league and which players are surplus to requirements.
Drew O'Neall
49 Posted 31/12/2019 at 17:47:00
He’s not worth £75k/week. If he gets it you have to give it to Holgate and Davies too.

You offer him £50k and if he doesn’t like it £50m is decent consolation.

Any bumper deal has a goal target attached to it and increases are released over the next season and a half as the targets are met.

Annika Herbert
50 Posted 31/12/2019 at 17:47:24
Mike @ 47, spot on, I fully agree with your comment. Just for a change!!
Drew O'Neall
51 Posted 31/12/2019 at 17:49:57
Mike at 47

Just because those bungling idiots, Koeman, Martinez and Walsh saddled us up with a load of toxic contracts, that doesn't mean we should use them as a yardstick.

Brian Wilkinson
52 Posted 31/12/2019 at 19:07:43
Those Days have gone where Utd took our players and gave us duffers in return, Howard excluded.

We have moved on and now, not only can we keep hold of our players, but can actually attract players as well.

Carlo and the new ground pending, is a big plus to our club.

Once we get the all clear to build the new ground, expect Usmanov to come on board.

The future is looking very promising.

Terry White
53 Posted 31/12/2019 at 19:23:22
Brian (#51), I have to disagree with you somewhat. Phil Neville was an excellent signing for us and a very good captain.
Barry Rathbone
54 Posted 31/12/2019 at 19:31:04
I really don't mean any disrespect to Calvert-Lewin but this tale confirms what I've thought for a few years, ie, the tap of top quality new talent has finally run dry.

Unbelievable that Man Utd with their global rep and money can't find better.

Karl Masters
55 Posted 31/12/2019 at 19:43:31
More rubbish from the deplorable Sun newspaper. Why do even waste your time reading it, never mind posting it?
Mike Benjamin
56 Posted 31/12/2019 at 19:55:24
Does anyone actually believe this shite? If so, I really do worry about your sanity.
Karl Jones
57 Posted 31/12/2019 at 21:49:17
I don't think signing a new contract matters anymore when it comes to transfers. They're supposed to be interested in signing Richarlison, and he's just signed for Five years. Man Utd must think we're their feeder club.
Mike Gaynes
58 Posted 31/12/2019 at 22:44:58
Annika #49, I'm still in shock.
Tony Abrahams
59 Posted 31/12/2019 at 23:28:27
Excellent Terry? I know the Kenwright era, dumbed down expectations, and although I didn’t mind him, I could never call Phil Neville anything more than decent.

A good solid professional, with an unbelievable amount of England caps, which might not back up my own thoughts on Neville, but each to his own, with mine being that I wouldn’t even want Neville in our team right now?

John Zapa
60 Posted 01/01/2020 at 07:16:51
He is one of the lowest earners in the squad at around 25k/week, the others are all getting around 53-60k and contributing alot less that him. This smells of his agent trying to get a better deal for him, which I feel he deserves now.

Brands wont be too happy, whatever saving the club may make by offloading one of Niasse or Tosun will be balanced by the rise in DCLs wages.

Mark Andersson
61 Posted 01/01/2020 at 08:54:55
25 grand a week at 21WOW I'm sure his desire is to have more money has he really done enough to warrent a pay rise
John Zapa
62 Posted 01/01/2020 at 09:21:10
Mark #61, it's all relative. 25k may seem like alot, but when he looks over his shoulder and sees Kean on 53k, Niasse 55k, Todun 60k and none of them making much of a contribution, I'm sure DCLs agent will be making alot of noise until his clients wages are atleast on par with the other strikers. That's around a 30k hole that will soon come out of Brands budget.
Steve Ferns
63 Posted 01/01/2020 at 11:59:23
But, but, but. he’s a championship player!

I wonder if now the doubters will stop doubting him?

Phil Malone Jnr
64 Posted 02/01/2020 at 03:41:46
Steve #63 - but, but, but, he is.
He’s scoring record is appalling and just because he’s had a few decent games doesn’t give you the right to say I told you so. He needs to prove himself out on loan at a championship team and score 15-20 LEAGUE goals to show he’s a half decent lower league premiership striker.
Mike Gaynes
65 Posted 02/01/2020 at 05:17:43
Phil #64:

"scoring record is appalling"

Yeah. This season DCL is scoring a goal every 150 minutes of play. Is that appalling?

By comparison:
Kane: goal every 131 minutes
Rashford: 136
Mane: 159
Salah: 178
Pukki: 207

Not so "appalling" after all.

"He needs to prove himself out on loan at a championship team"

Come on, you can't even say that with a straight face.

Justin Doone
66 Posted 02/01/2020 at 21:03:03
Silly season is well under way.

I wish all contract negotiations were only done in the summer upon reviewing a full seasons performance.

No issue with extending and improving his contract. He's had a good few seasons and is still improving. But £50M.. Never and nor should his contract be reflective of a £50M player. Not yet anyway.

Hugh Jenkins
67 Posted 02/01/2020 at 22:26:28
Haven't read all the comments so someone else may have mentioned that the "media", do not seem to realise that Everton is no longer penniless.

The time when we needed to sell our emerging talent each year just to balance the books has passed and we are now on the road to recovering our rightful place at the pinnacle of English football (with Europe to eventually follow).

To do this we will be keeping our emerging talent from now onwards and will only sell if a player asks to leave and can't be convinced that he cannot achieve his ambition with us.

Sadly, by the time the "media" finally cotton on to this, we'll have won the Premier League, the Champions League etc and players like Calvert-Lewin will probably have retired.

Andrew Dempsey
68 Posted 02/01/2020 at 23:14:27
Sell him and buy someone better.
It’s dead simple.
Maybe he’ll become a decent player, but let’s face it, he’s not a world-beating superstar, and that’s what’s needed.
It needs to all miraculously come together, right now, not in two or three years or whatever (and that never happens anyway).
Aubamayeng or someone like that. Up top with Richarlison or Kean.
Massive ego’s, massive wages; these are the things Carlo is able to deal with isn’t he?
If this new era is all going to be one last throw of the dice (according to some), then we may as well ‘go large’.

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