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Everton and Arsenal vie for Rabiot

| Thursday, 02 January 2020 39comments  |  Jump to last
Everton are supposedly eyeing a move for French midfielder Adrien Rabiot, with Arsenal also reportedly in the mix.

The 24-year-old has been struggling for game time at Juventus this season and could be interested in reuniting with former boss Carlo Ancelotti at Goodison Park.

It was Ancelotti who gave Rabiot his break while he was manager at Paris Saint-Germain but since leaving France on a free transfer he has made just nine league starts in Turin.

According to reports in the Daily Star and Daily Express, Juve aren't especially keen on letting Rabiot go so soon after signing him, preferring to offload Emre Can instead but they suggest that they could be receptive if the player specifically asks to leave.

New Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is also thought to be on the look-out for midfield reinforcements but Rabiot's past relationship with Ancelotti could give Everton the edge if they are indeed interested.

He is said to be valued by the Serie A club at around £21m.

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Steve Ferns
1 Posted 02/01/2020 at 18:18:15
I posted about Rabiot on the James Rodriguez thread, I won't repeat what I said there, but I will repost the obligatory YouTube video: Link
Colin Glassar
2 Posted 02/01/2020 at 18:24:18
Rabiot and Rodriguez would be a brilliant tonic for us. Just what the doctor ordered.
James Stewart
3 Posted 02/01/2020 at 18:36:05
Better than our entire midfield combined. 21m would be an absolute steal.
Shaun Laycock
4 Posted 02/01/2020 at 18:37:26
Yes, but can Rabiot head a ball... looks good; a better than Rodriguez.
Mike Gaynes
5 Posted 02/01/2020 at 19:06:54
Actually, Rabiot's head is the concern, not his heading... he's a very odd bird with a gift for alienating managers, and his agent/mum is a circus. His spectacular talent makes him definitely worth the gamble, but there are some warning flashers attached.
Paul Birmingham
6 Posted 02/01/2020 at 19:31:58
If Rabiot and Rodriguez, would be some transfer catch.

Rabiot looks the full all round footballer and James also has the flair, and visionwhich he won’t have lost, despite restricted game time, due to injuries etc hat last 5 years.

Let’s see what fate delivers on Sunda, a win would be like winning a he football pools. A draw would be great, I pray and hope the team turns up and plays like their careers depend on it.

Loads of Lady Luck, and we have a good chance. Let’s see.

Derek Knox
7 Posted 02/01/2020 at 19:43:42
As long as he's not a Rabiot in the headlights, he'll do for me. If we could get James Rodriguez as well and a decent Centre Back I think we could be transformed into serious contenders in the Premiership.
Des Farren
8 Posted 02/01/2020 at 20:43:06
Free transfer from PSG. Nine starts for Juve so his value is now "around 21m"
which I'm now being told is an absolute steal.
Just dropped in...
Dennis Stevens
9 Posted 02/01/2020 at 21:45:39
If Juventus don't wish to sell but aren't playing the lad, it seems it could be the kind of situation for a possible loan deal.
Clarence Yurcan
10 Posted 02/01/2020 at 21:47:16
We are a bigger club than Arsenal, so he should come here?
Robert Tressell
11 Posted 02/01/2020 at 22:01:48
Great player – weird back story. PSG seem to make a habit of flogging top quality youngsters rather than placing faith in them. So I wouldn't worry too much about his temperament. Rabiot is top quality – Champions League elite quality – so he would be a coup. He's a very good size and style for the Premier League too.

I wouldn't worry that he's not forced his way in at Juve. They have excellent midfielders; also, Sarri is very particular how he constructs his midfield and very good players will be overlooked if they don't fit the system (see what happened at Chelsea). Him and James Rodriguez would take us to the next level – and could help us overtake Arsenal and try to catch Man Utd.

Martin Reppion
12 Posted 02/01/2020 at 22:15:32
I think at the moment we are being 'linked' with any out-of-favour player who has ever met, played for or just heard of Carlo Ancelotti.

After all the speculation over the years, I'll get excited when I see the player wearing a blue shirt, shaking hands with the management team.

Given our midfield injury list, I would expect us to be bringing in a loan player in that position with any transfer fund going where it is needed long term. We definitely need to strengthen at centre-back and, despite the promising displays from Moise Kean and Calvert-Lewin, with the cover being Niasse and Tosun, this needs addressing.

Whatever happens, I look forward to the mood improvement under both Big Duncan and Ancelotti continuing.

Don Alexander
13 Posted 02/01/2020 at 22:23:06
The new Drenthe?
Mark Andersson
14 Posted 02/01/2020 at 22:46:59
Thanks for the link Steve... he certainly strong on the ball has a eye for a killer pass but he also hangs onto the ball to long I can see why he does not get much game time.
Robert Tressell
15 Posted 02/01/2020 at 22:55:20
Behave, Don. There's only one Royston Drenthe. He was my favourite player in the world for about a fortnight.
Mark Frere
16 Posted 02/01/2020 at 23:37:21
I think the major stumbling block with this one is his wages. Aaron Ramsey signed for Juventus on a free and earns £400,000-per-week. I don't know how much Rabiot earns per week but I bet he's not too far behind Ramsey.
Mike Gaynes
17 Posted 03/01/2020 at 00:05:44
Just for you, Robert: The man, the myth, the legend... Royston Drenthe.

That's the game where he and the Straq scored the goals. Ah, what memories.

Steve Shave
18 Posted 03/01/2020 at 00:11:24
Mark (16) apparently on £170k a week! I'm almost certain that I read that somewhere so it must be true.
Neil Wood
19 Posted 03/01/2020 at 00:23:00
I’d happily pay quadruple that amount for him. The lad is grade A.
Alexander Murphy
20 Posted 03/01/2020 at 03:56:12
Really interesting thread with some well thought through and informed posts. One moment I'm thinking "Yes !" the next I'm thinking "Hmmmmm maybe not".

Where I do see us at present is summed up by Martin @12 opening.

My version is, bloody journos writing simplistic "he knew him back then, therefore = Bullshit".

Couple of really good Regular Blues and I were watching the City game in a local and a Red (who IS a closet Blue) says "These bloody commentators talk about you lot like your not fit to be on the same pitch as City".
Us three looked at him and said "We are so used to this, it's NOT just commentators. We get refereed that way too".

Just after we scored, the commentator dissed us down with some comment along the lines of "Folorn hope", and our Closet Blue/Tame Red says "Fuckin Hell, if palace had just scored they'd be bigging them up ! He's just written you off, for SCORING !!!".

You can only guess at the looks he got from us three Blues.
Not all Reds are gobshites.
But most journo's really are.

Eric Myles
21 Posted 03/01/2020 at 05:52:09
Neil #19, perhaps you'd be able to provide the Club with some financing?
Jim Harrison
22 Posted 03/01/2020 at 08:14:18
Who was the poster that had an thing for Drenthe bordering on obsession?
Anthony Jones
23 Posted 03/01/2020 at 08:36:46
Bring back Drenthe!!

Top 4 no problem.

Derek Knox
24 Posted 03/01/2020 at 10:01:13
Anthony @ 23, I got caught the other day in a torrential shower, I got absolutely drenthed, so don't won't a repeat of that.

Nor would I want the Flash Harry, womanising, up his own arse, Bentley Driving Egomaniac, that is Royston Drench back at Everton! 😂😋

Erik Dols
25 Posted 03/01/2020 at 10:07:07
I can proudly say that I've seen Drenthe play in 2019. He played in the Dutch second league last year and was on the pitch when his team visited my local team. He didn't stand out at all during the match but was a lively figure afterwards, trying to shake each and every spectators hand. All 5.000 of them.

Surely Ancelotti can get the best out of him! Sign Drenthe now!

Sam Hoare
26 Posted 03/01/2020 at 10:15:47
Talent wise its an interesting option. He's like a much better Schneiderlin with better tackling and passing and more ability to carry the ball. He's faster too. Quite a complete defensive midfielder.

But as others allude to there are other issues. His personality and whole mother/agent issue could be distracting and then there's the wages. I believe he's on around £170k per week so I don't see how we are ever going to match that and i'm not sure he sounds like the sort to take a pay-cut.

Perhaps he might come to us for the next half season on loan but i'd prefer players who come with the idea that they might stay otherwise your building process is always one step forwards one step back (see Zouma).

Robert Tressell
27 Posted 03/01/2020 at 10:57:58
On a vaguely related note, Juve have just bought and loaned out Kulusevski. He's a19 year old left footed right winger. Similar ish to Bale. Would have been great for us. He cost £35m so Juve may need to generate some cash. Think they'd rather release Emre Can than Rabiot as the former has fewer appearances this season. But who knows. Can would probably be a good signing for us also, despite his past. Versatile, good physique and v experienced for a 25 year old.
Andrew Ellams
28 Posted 03/01/2020 at 11:14:10
Rabiot would suit us and the Premier League a lot more than Rodrigues.
Jer Kiernan
29 Posted 03/01/2020 at 13:08:22
Dont know a lot of this lad but I fully expect Mosh to properly back Carlo, As much as it pains me to say this in order to be a TOP club you must throw money about like confetti, Jose spent 400mil at Utd, Ole another 200 maybe ? and they are sniffing around Grealish etc to bolster the squad

Mosh has spent but relative to others not that much and not very wisely, This is his problem if Usmanov is in the backround let us get creative with our accounting like all the others to navigate around FFP, and start buying proper star players ( the type other Top 6 clubs will envy )

I would love us to land Zaha or somebody of his ilk

Peter Kendall
30 Posted 03/01/2020 at 13:52:54
Talking of Usmanov. This is from an interview with the FT published today.

Last year Usmanov gave up an attempt to take control of Arsenal, selling his 30 per cent stake in the club to his American rival shareholder — a decision that irks him. “If we had worked together, we would definitely have achieved so much more. But the time will come, you know, for more success and Arsenal’s fans will come back to the stadium.”

But Usmanov may have another option. His old partner Moshiri owns a majority of Everton FC. Would Usmanov like to join him there? “Yes. With great pleasure, if he asks,” he says. “I am thinking about my investment in this club . . . I cannot reject Arsenal. I will not leave them as a fan. But if I join Everton, then I will wear an Everton shirt, because I am a professional.

“They are going to build a new stadium. Why not the USM Arena? It is not obligatory for me to participate myself. I could just sponsor them.” A week after our meeting, Usmanov brokers a deal to bring Carlo Ancelotti, the former Real Madrid manager, to Everton.

Seems positive, all Moshiri needs to ask. Here's a link to the full interview but not sure if it's behind a paywall. I believe the FT is planning a news story this evening linked to this interview saying that Usmanov is considering a stake in Everton

Tony Hill
31 Posted 03/01/2020 at 13:58:25
Very interesting, Peter, thank you.
Sam Hoare
32 Posted 03/01/2020 at 14:29:17
Robert@27, interesting thought on Can. I had considered him too. Good player and still pretty young considering his experience. My only question is his mobility. He's not the quickest, which would not be an issue if playing in a quick midfield but we are so slow already through the spine.

Can reminds me a bit of Gomes in fact, though the German is far superior defensively.

Rob Young
33 Posted 03/01/2020 at 14:38:34

I am thinking about my investment in this club. . . I cannot reject Arsenal. I will not leave them as a fan. But if I join Everton, then I will wear an Everton shirt, because I am a professional.

They are going to build a new stadium. Why not the USM Arena? It is not obligatory for me to participate myself. I could just sponsor them.

Derek Knox
34 Posted 03/01/2020 at 14:55:46
Kenwright will have a tear in his eye when he gets a Financial Boot up his proverbial, all the way to the Bank!

Hope this happens, about time we had some serious luck, hope this gets reflected in the Transfer Market too before long.

Peter Kendall
35 Posted 03/01/2020 at 15:57:54
Here's a link to the FT's follow-up news story.

Again, not sure if it's behind a paywall. If so, the headline says "Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov eyes stake in Everton".
It's a very measured piece and says he's considering various forms of investment, from sponsorship to becoming a shareholder. It may not be the game-changer many fans want but shows we are definitely on his radar. I guess it depends on whether Moshiri wants Everton all to himself or if he's willing to share with his close friend

Martin Berry
36 Posted 03/01/2020 at 19:11:35
Maybe we will pull a Rabiot out of the hat this January. I could also see Rodriquez coming on loan too.
For certain midfield will be priority and I am certain some work is being done behind the scenes as we contemplate.
Bob Parrington
37 Posted 04/01/2020 at 06:29:10
Steve ferns. Thanks for the link. I watched the video and the guy looks a talent. reservation is "why is he not getting game time at his current club?"
Steve Shave
38 Posted 04/01/2020 at 07:33:25
I'd like to see this happen with Rabiot, even just for a loan. If Usmanov is really bankrolling some of the spending then I would LOVE for us to go for Buendia of Norwich. I saw some article the other day (I think on SSN) which highlight how only two PL players have made 30+ tackles 30+ key passes & had 30+ assisted chances (something like this anyway, I cant find the link) those two players were Maddison and Buendia. Buendia's stats for all the domains were almost double that of Maddisons, I knew he was a player but I was staggered by this. He likes to track back as a RM but can also play as a 10. I hope he is on our radar.
Steve Shave
39 Posted 04/01/2020 at 09:06:39

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