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Reports suggest Blues interest in two midfielders

| Thursday, 16 January 2020 13comments  |  Jump to last
A tenuous link with Matias Vecino is mooted by one English tabloid while a report from Spain claims that Everton are after Elche youngster Gonzalo Villar.

The Daily Star suggest that the Blues could be after Matias Vecino after Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte put him up for sale to make way for Christian Eriksen but it seems to be based purely on the fact that the Uruguayan would be available.

At 28, Vecino doesn't fit the age profile that Marcel Brands has primarily been after since he arrived at Finch Farm but, at 21, Villar would be a more likely candidate.

According to Alicante Plaza, Everton have already inquired about the 21 year-old but face competition from Roma, who have €3m bid already lodged, Atalanta and Juventus.

Finally, it has been reported in Italy that Brands is eyeing a move for Jérémie Boga in the summer. The Sassuolo midfielder is also being tracked by Carlo Ancelotti's former club, Napoli while Chelsea also have a buy-bacl clause for the 23-year-old.

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Derek Knox
1 Posted 16/01/2020 at 09:03:56
Know little about Vecino, in fact I had barely heard of him until recent links, but he doesn't sound like he would be value for money at 28, especially the figures being bandied round.

I do expect a surprise or two between Carlo and M Brands before the Transfer deadline.

Sam Hoare
2 Posted 16/01/2020 at 09:33:37
Not seen much of either of these players but from what I understand Vecino is a pretty all round midfielder, similar perhaps to someone like Gomes, with a good engine who can tackle (perhaps unlike Gomes then) and knit play but unlikely to get more than a handful of goals and assist per season. I imagine if there's any truth in this it would be a short term stop gap, an extra body in the middle.

Villar would be quite a punt. He's only broken through this season for Elche who are in Liga 2. Had a few games for Spain under 21. Could be a cheap, hidden gem but would be a huge step up for him.

I doubt there's much truth in either of these rumours.

Clive Rogers
3 Posted 16/01/2020 at 09:53:09
The last 28 year old we bought was Sigurdsson. Enough said.
Andrew Ellams
4 Posted 16/01/2020 at 11:59:31
Clive, so based on your logic bids for De Bruyne, Kante and Griezmann would all be a no no?
Tony Everan
5 Posted 16/01/2020 at 15:06:08
Loan deal for a CM would be the best bet for this winter's window. Have a look at the player and do what's best for the club in the summer window with regards permanent recruitment.
Annika Herbert
6 Posted 16/01/2020 at 15:15:10
Andrew @ 4, you surely aren’t suggesting Sigurdsson has the same qualities as any of the players you have mentioned? Because he is strictly at least one level below all 3 of them.
Robert Tressell
7 Posted 16/01/2020 at 18:35:23
Vecino is the sort of player you don't notice because he knits play together. No big tackles assists or goals especially. These players tend not ti thrive in the prem which requires a bit more dynamism. He's also too old to sell on for any money. Suspect therefore he'd be a short term loan. Villar looks v good on YouTube for spain u-21s. But the standard is obviously much lower than prem also. Would be pleased to sign him as a prospect who gets some minutes this season but not loads.
Steve Ferns
8 Posted 16/01/2020 at 18:40:27
Robert, exactly my thoughts on Vecino. Seen him play quite a few times but can’t remember much of what he did. That means he made no mistakes and just kept it moving without doing anything exciting himself. Sounds just like what we need.
Christy Ring
9 Posted 16/01/2020 at 19:12:51
Agree with Robert and Steve, Vecino is the type of player we need, with Gomes and Gbamin on their way back, but still a bit away, we are totally lacking in a midfielder, who can tackle, Delph is not the answer, and too injury prone. Davies is more of an attacking midfielder, and Sigurdsson is a no.10, and when the going gets tough, himself and Iwobi are found wanting.
Andrew Ellams
10 Posted 16/01/2020 at 20:27:04
Annika of course not but Clives issue seems to be with signing 28 year olds because that was the age Sigurdsson was when we signed him.
Fran Mitchell
11 Posted 16/01/2020 at 22:28:12
Vecino is available for reasonable money, and is ready to simply come in and play. Seems a decent move (tbh, if they said they were considering bringing back gazza I'd be game if it meant never seeing Schneiderlin play ever again)
Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
12 Posted 16/01/2020 at 23:24:41
Vecino sounds like the 2020 version of Leon Osman.

And remember the last hot prospect from Spain who was a steal? Currently on loan at Valladolid

Steve Ferns
13 Posted 17/01/2020 at 13:28:41
Vecino set to join Spurs according to reports. Now they just signed Gedson Fernandes so this makes no sense. I know they have injuries and Erickson will leave but Erickson plays further forward.

What about trying to sign Winks off them, or taking Giovanni Lo Celso from them, on loan from Real Madrid. Lo Celso has been a flop but he should be a great player and has lots of creativity from deep. Real Madrid should be happy to loan to Ancelotti. A short loan could suit all parties whilst we wait on Gomes’ recovery.

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