In addition to reiterating talk that Carlo Ancelotti is keen on bringing James Rodriguez in on loan and signing Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot, Sky claim that Belgian winger Yannick Carrasco is a target.
Carrasco, 26, currently plays for Dalian Yifang in China having had spells with Monaco and Atlético Madrid earlier in his career.
Sky's sources add that the Blues have also targeted Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake as they look to strengthen at centre-half but would face competition from Manchester City and Tottenham.
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1 Posted 13/01/2020 at 22:21:39
2 Posted 13/01/2020 at 22:28:28
P.S. The Chinese have introduced a 50k p/w wage limit on all foreign players from next season. No wonder they want to come back.
3 Posted 13/01/2020 at 22:38:35
4 Posted 13/01/2020 at 22:45:30
5 Posted 13/01/2020 at 22:47:32
6 Posted 13/01/2020 at 22:50:53
7 Posted 13/01/2020 at 22:56:21
As for the other three mentioned, the only one I see us realistically in for is Carrasco, who has been playing for a certain Spanish waiter at Dalian. He's a pure winger with electric pace, and we could use one.
8 Posted 13/01/2020 at 23:02:57
James is too far fetched. Listen to Ancelotti, he really likes Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin up top. For good reason too, I think they bring out the best in each other. Ancelotti always keeps throwing Moise Kean's name in there too. He clearly thinks a lot of him as well. Of Course, James plays a bit deeper, but the reality is if you want James in our side, you have to sacrifice a striker, or both wingers. James is a non-starter he is a big risk for big money.
Ake is a short arse. He's only 5'11". Sorry, but we have had enough issues on corners, and pretend we ain't doing it or not, but zonal marking is back. We need the height to make it work. Also, why sign the lad from Carlisle to then place another CB ahead of him? I suspect Ancelotti won't sign a centre-back now and instead will want to see something in training from Gibson, Feeney or the new lad.
I think any money available will go on a defensive midfielder.
9 Posted 13/01/2020 at 23:06:42
Dalian; any end product? Walcott's as fast as anybody but...
10 Posted 14/01/2020 at 00:40:11
11 Posted 14/01/2020 at 02:26:31
12 Posted 14/01/2020 at 03:45:03
13 Posted 14/01/2020 at 05:57:26
Would you take him back?
14 Posted 14/01/2020 at 06:48:59
15 Posted 14/01/2020 at 07:01:48
His career seems to have gone capuff, unwanted at Barca, his recent loan in Turkey was terminated after he almost went to prison for firing a gun. Some on here wanted a nutter in midfield, well, he ticks all the boxes.
16 Posted 14/01/2020 at 07:07:01
17 Posted 14/01/2020 at 07:18:53
He was the captain, but he wasnt a leader, was my first thought, just before I thought that Spain, over-run most teams, and Id have hated being on that pitch chasing Iniesta, because thats what happened that night.
18 Posted 14/01/2020 at 09:02:06
Surely Brands should concentrate on his work offloading the deadwood and see where we are at in the summer.
19 Posted 14/01/2020 at 09:25:05
20 Posted 14/01/2020 at 09:35:12
21 Posted 14/01/2020 at 09:54:10
Rabiot- Is playing for Juve. Think he'll stay there for now.
Carrasco- Perhaps on loan but he's on huge wages. I don't see that we massively need a winger with Bernard back and Iwobi returning soon. Would prefer we give Kean/Gordon more time.
Rodriguez- Suprised at the clamour for him. He's 28, would be on enormous wages and has not looked all that for the last year and a half. Suspect the PL would not suit his more technical style and if he didn't adapt quickly we'd be lumbered with an extremely expensive mistake. Big name does not necessarily make a good fit. Perhaps a loan could be interesting.
Ake- Are we really going to pay huge money for a defender who has conceded so many goals? And would Bournemouth sell one of their best players in the midst of a relegation fight. Unlikely.
22 Posted 14/01/2020 at 10:32:07
23 Posted 14/01/2020 at 11:23:07
Would love us to go for players like Camavinga at Rennes or Aouar from Lyon.
24 Posted 14/01/2020 at 12:47:32
25 Posted 14/01/2020 at 14:22:23
I got an Italian midfielder from Inter on my mobile this morning, apparantly Sarri seems reluctant to get rid, but as Christian Eriksen is coming in. He's Matías Vecino, an Uruguayan, 28 (too old for Marcel Brands...but we desperately need quality there)
Carlo is definately interested, read the message.
26 Posted 14/01/2020 at 15:01:11
27 Posted 14/01/2020 at 18:29:49
Anyone got an informed opinion of this player?
28 Posted 14/01/2020 at 22:14:47
29 Posted 14/01/2020 at 22:37:01
Let's see what really happens by the end of the month before getting uptight about some of the players mentioned.
Yes, we all would like to see strengthening soon as we all know the team isn't good enough.
It would be nice to have one or two class additions in now and settled to have them ready to go for next season.
However I really don't think Carlo will buy anything from China except maybe his next pair of socks !
30 Posted 14/01/2020 at 22:59:22
31 Posted 14/01/2020 at 23:22:36
32 Posted 15/01/2020 at 05:10:29
Everyone is entitled to their opinions but namecalling is a bit childish, to say the least. We are all living in hope that the gaffer gets it right soon. He will no doubt have ideas of his own so let's wait and see who comes in, who leaves and who stays, before calling each other on here. NSNO.
33 Posted 15/01/2020 at 10:06:59
This diveristy of opinion is what makes ToffeeWeb a great website, embrace it don't stamp on it with a size 12 jackboot.
34 Posted 15/01/2020 at 10:17:50
As for Sigurdsson, since when does the quarterback constantly pass backwards? Sigurdsson is no quarter back he does not hit enough long passes, did you see this:
Everton's dynamic midfield duo vs Liverpool
Morgan Schneiderlin - more passes backwards to Mina in defence than to both Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison combined.
Gylfi Sigurdsson- as many passes to Pickford than Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison combined. pic.twitter.com/9VYri5T3pe— David Alexander Hughes (@DAHughes_) January 6, 2020
35 Posted 15/01/2020 at 11:26:15
36 Posted 15/01/2020 at 11:39:33
37 Posted 15/01/2020 at 21:25:07
38 Posted 15/01/2020 at 21:36:09
IMO he is ideal for us. He is like Danny Drinkwater at his best without the drink problem and is on loan from Huddersfield. Surely he would be a snip.
39 Posted 15/01/2020 at 21:41:36
Ake is a very good player but not worth the kind of dum that Bournemouth will demand. Again, another to avoid.
James is a more interesting prospect. A loan deal with a pre-determined fee and option to make permanent would be a wise move. A supremely talented player and you have to ask the question, if, and it is a big if, we see some of the best of him then we will see a truly world class player.
The same cannot be said of Carrasco or Ake.
As for Ancelotti, Im hoping he can identify some Italian players ready to make an impact in the premier league. Domenico Berardi is a player I have championed on here many times and more now than ever we could do with a number 10 / deep forward to augment our attacking play.
I also think Andrea Belotti would make a big impact in Premier League football. This is a player who can match the work rate of DCL. He is not as good in terms of his hold up play but he has more overall quality and a better eye for goal.
40 Posted 15/01/2020 at 22:05:01
Anyone seen the Everton accounts lately? Not sure spending a ton on mercenaries is the way forward!
41 Posted 15/01/2020 at 22:09:35
Im with you
Id warrant an exception with James though, what do you think?
The other 2 I mention would be my focus for the summer. Or now. Depending on what timing offers the best deal
42 Posted 15/01/2020 at 22:16:03
43 Posted 15/01/2020 at 22:17:53
He plays like a beast for his country. His club team is his paycheck. And even if you don't buy that argument, his injury record concerns me. I'll stand to be corrected, but wasn't he out for an extended period with injury? Either way, too expensive! He'll cost a mint.
After seeing our financial situation, I think it's time to simply get healthy with two damn good players in Gomes and Gbamin, add 1-2 (one HAS to be a midfielder) over summer, and let Ancelotti coach.
Ancelotti, for me, is relishing this. I think, and it is truly only a hunch, he wants to not buy his way to a championship / success. If he can take Everton to the top 4, while buying young or sensibly and not buying superstars, his reputation might be the single best coach in the world over the course of a generation.
44 Posted 15/01/2020 at 22:47:06
I met a girl years ago and her ribs and cabbage were to die for.
I married her.
45 Posted 15/01/2020 at 22:56:54
46 Posted 15/01/2020 at 23:15:56
Will anyone from abroad be able to follow this ?
Google Translate is a waste of time.
Brian Jakes. " Lern yerself Scouse "
47 Posted 16/01/2020 at 00:11:14
No, we can't follow it. But it is funny.
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