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Everton lining up £30m Can deal

Sunday, 19 January 2020 68comments  |  Jump to last
Everton are preparing a £30m bid for former Liverpool and current Germany international midfielder Emre Can according to reports.

The 26-year-old, who has been subject to interest from Manchester United this month, has been at Juventus since leaving Anfield as a free agent in 2018 but he has made just eight league starts for the Italian club and was left out of their Juve's Champions League squad for the group stages this season.

According to Gazetta dello Sport in Italy and The Mirror in the UK, the player was a target of Carlo Ancelotti's when he was at Napoli and Everton are keen enough on Can that they are hoping to complete a January deal.



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Harry Wallace
1 Posted 19/01/2020 at 10:18:56
Nice
John Pickles
2 Posted 19/01/2020 at 10:19:13
Offer Juve a straight swop, Niasse for Can.
Richard Lyons
3 Posted 19/01/2020 at 10:23:33
Is everywhere sold out of strikers?
Paul Smith
4 Posted 19/01/2020 at 10:24:11
If you believe the report he has refused Man U out of respect for the RS. I stopped reading at this point.
Rob Dolby
5 Posted 19/01/2020 at 10:42:00
No thanks. I would take him on loan, mind you I would take any centre mid on loan at the minute.
Terry Farrell
6 Posted 19/01/2020 at 10:50:34
Agree Paul a legend in his own lunch hour! Do not want or need him. Thinks hes top drawer but juve have sussed him out and he is not even in their CL squad!
Brent Stephens
7 Posted 19/01/2020 at 10:57:05
No can do. Not for me. Uninspiring.
Christy Ring
8 Posted 19/01/2020 at 11:13:31
He ain't worth anywhere near that fee, he ran down his contract, and got a big pay day at Juve, a mercenary.
Robert Tressell
9 Posted 19/01/2020 at 11:22:03
It's a bit like the old groucho marx joke. I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member. We don't seem to want any player who would be prepared to join us. The reason is no-one absolutely top class would join a team so far off trophies and champs league - which takes us to the likes of Can. However, Can is a good player, v experienced and versatile with prem experience. Is he worse than, say, Wijnaldum, Ndidi, McTominay, Winks, Sissoko etc. No he holds his own in that Company. These are all important players in midfields at the top end of the league. He's also better than what we have. He's top end of the age group we should be looking to buy - and he's unlikely to go up in price for re-sale - but he's unlikely to be a poor signing. There may be better options in summer but Can probably is about the best (based on experience / credentials etc) that we could get now.
Graham Coldron
10 Posted 19/01/2020 at 11:51:10
Robert@11 is spot on with his comment.Can is better than we have at the moment and will want game time for the forthcoming Euros.This rationale will be the determining factor for any player we are seeking to buy at the moment.
Tony Twist
11 Posted 19/01/2020 at 11:52:56
Looks like Gomes mk. 2. He looks, On youtube, like he was carrying a little bit of weight. I think he didn't quite click at the RS until his final season and I think they wanted to keep him but Italy beckoned.
Robert Tressell
12 Posted 19/01/2020 at 11:57:34
Cheers Graham - the issue is really whether we scrape through till summer and pick up a younger player with genuine re-sale value or move now. Moving now leads us to Can (or Vecino or AN other similarly short of top class). If he helps get us a Europa league spot - and thus game time for Gordon and Gibson in a competition we can actually win, then great. It also greatly reduces the number of minutes that we'll see schneiderlin on the pitch!
Paul Birmingham
13 Posted 19/01/2020 at 12:44:07
I hope not, but these days anything can happen, but if this does happen, it will hasten the end for some of the midfield.

How Marcel will market and sell some of the deadwood in this squad will be some challenge for him.

In Carlo we trust.

Tom Bowers
14 Posted 19/01/2020 at 12:50:39
Yes, we need strengthening in midfield but I doubt Can can do the job, certainly not at that valuation.
He wasn't good enough for RS and cannot get much playing time now/
I wonder about many players who couldn't command much action at some clubs and Everton overpaid for a few. Walcott comes to mind right now as does Delph.
Buyer beware is the old saying !
John Hammond
15 Posted 19/01/2020 at 12:53:18
I can see us maybe getting him on loan but I doubt we'll be spunking 30mil on him.
Denis Richardson
16 Posted 19/01/2020 at 13:09:43
Phil 9, if I was on his deal I’d also have a massive grin permanently plastered on my face. He’s had numerous chances to go and play elsewhere but turned them down. Only one he’s taken was a brief loan at Palace.

I don’t have anything personal against the guy, as I said, we were the ones stupid enough to give him a contract. However, turning your nose up at Forest when he’s clearly not going to play much for us is just another sign he’s happy to just take the cash and relax.

As far as being messed about by other managers. They saw he was crap, tried to get rid and he wouldn’t go so I can understand there would be some frustration.

Reminds me of the Rodwell situation in the Sunderland series filmed recently. Now there’s classic football mercenary. But if a club is foolish enough to give the contract, can’t blame the player.

Robert Tressell
17 Posted 19/01/2020 at 13:31:36
Has Simms made that much progress? Great if so. Finishing still looks v good but thought he was probably about a year off still. Greenwood is younger, yes, but alas is an absolute rolls royce of a footballer with much more to his game than Simms (so far as i've seen anyway). Delighted if Simms makes the bench this season.
Colin Glassar
18 Posted 19/01/2020 at 13:40:42
Why, why, why do we always seem to be linked with players who, apparently, can’t break into the first team with their present clubs? Can, Vecino, Iwobi etc... None of them were deemed good enough so what’s changed?
Tony Abrahams
19 Posted 19/01/2020 at 13:42:43
What are Can’s strengths?
Jeff Armstrong
20 Posted 19/01/2020 at 16:14:49
I don’t believe we should go for Can, he is another mercenary in the Schneiderlin mould, spending his career doing the European leagues collecting big contracts from mugs like us willing to sign him, he is definitely not the dynamic goal scoring creative midfielder we require to build a team around.
Mark Rankin
21 Posted 19/01/2020 at 16:29:42
Hopefully we have learnt from our mistakes with Walcott, Bolasie etc:- £30 million and big contract would be mugs
Liam Reilly
22 Posted 19/01/2020 at 17:19:18
Trash journalism, or at least I hope it is.

Surely it's time to look at younger, hungrier players; not another mercenary.

Jim Bennings
23 Posted 19/01/2020 at 17:50:16
Emre Can, Jackie Chan, Heinz Beans Can, any of them would waltz into that pathetic midfield that we currently have.

The Everton midfield of 2019/20 has to be the most static one paced crop I’ve seen in more than 20 years.

We have wide midfielders that can’t run beyond a full back.

We have central midfielders that can’t run, can’t shoot, can’t tackle, can’t pass and can’t head a ball.


Bill Gienapp
24 Posted 19/01/2020 at 18:57:46
I don't buy it. He's already overpaid and these rumors indicate we'd have to give him a fat contract and a pay raise to entice him to come. We should be done with that sort of reckless, short-term thinking.
Jay Evans
25 Posted 19/01/2020 at 19:23:54
I remember him (unsuccessfully) trying to bully one of our youngsters during a derby. Possibly Galloway ?

Those were the days. When our players were only unsuccessfully bullied by the other lot.

Anyway, in Carlo we trust. And I trust him to stay away from this tit head. Particularly on a permanent deal.

Peter Thistle
26 Posted 19/01/2020 at 19:34:17
Wouldn't take him if we had 0 midfielders, Never sign ex RS, it's not on.
Brian Denton
27 Posted 19/01/2020 at 19:38:01
Never sign ex RS, it's not on.

With possible exception of Johny Morrisey. And Kevin Sheedy. Oh and Alan Harper. And possibly Peter Beardsley

Apart from that, what did the Romans ever do for us ?

Richard Mason
28 Posted 19/01/2020 at 19:40:30
Just listened to Alan Meyers, he reckons Everton won't be spending anything over £25 million.

He did say that Everton will possibly bring in 2 or 3 but probably on loan due to FFP.

Carl Manning
29 Posted 19/01/2020 at 19:47:36
We need to get away from “ we don’t want him he can’t get in the so and so team ”. Some teams are many levels ahead of us. Getting into the Juventus team is a totally different proposition to getting in the Everton one at present. Cavani can’t get in the psg team, Jesus isn’t a regular at city, rakitic at Barca. The list is endless. We would surely take all of them! The fact is we can not sign any first team player from one of Europe’s elites. Some will work out, some won’t. Hazard has failed at madrid to date, who would have thought that? No signing is guaranteed
Mike Corcoran
30 Posted 19/01/2020 at 20:34:17
Rakatic on loan would be niiice. Is there nothing available in the championship anymore? Surely some hungry talent around
Bobby Mallon
31 Posted 19/01/2020 at 20:42:03
BIG FAT NO
Richard Duff
32 Posted 19/01/2020 at 21:01:03
If so, let's bring in Ndidi as well. A central midfield paring to answer any question.
Ray Robinson
33 Posted 19/01/2020 at 21:04:19
I admit it's instinct alone but for someone who agitated to leave Germany, refused to sign a new contract at Liverpool and now wants to leave Juventus, either he has a poor (mercenary?) attitude or a troublesome agent. I'd pass.
Drew O'Neall
34 Posted 19/01/2020 at 21:19:03
Tom Bowers @ 14

‘I doubt Can can do the job’

If anyone can, Can can.

Simon Dalzell
35 Posted 19/01/2020 at 21:21:14
Richard 31. Yes Ndidi.
Derek Thomas
36 Posted 19/01/2020 at 21:32:56
No Liverpool rejects thanks, especially, old, over-priced and over-paid ones.

Loan maybe... But that's all.

Paul Birmingham
37 Posted 19/01/2020 at 21:35:28
Also Dave Watson, started at the RS, he replaced Degsy, whom was immense and became an Everton Legend.

But I’d not take Emre, unless on a free transfer, he’s not as good as he reckons.

Tidy for the RS, but not a regular, and I see no point other than, he’s a stop gap buy, and we’ve done too many so called multi million bargain bucket buys, over the years, whom are blight.

But in Carlo, we trust?

James Stewart
38 Posted 19/01/2020 at 21:39:45
Not what we need at all.
Carl Manning
39 Posted 19/01/2020 at 21:42:01
Mike the Championship of full of good players at the moment but most seem to be flair / attacking. Central midfielders, I'd struggle for anyone other than Kalvin Phillips who I think would take the step up in his stride.

Flair wise, all of the Brentford front 3 are talented. I think Jarrod Bowen is the best player in the league and whoever finally takes the plunge with him will get a serious player who will come on leaps and bounds surrounded by quality. Eze at work Sam mentioned is defined for the premier also.

I think the issue is, they would all have starting prices of £20m and we all know, the clubs think it's a hard sell to supporters spending that much on a Championship player when we could sign a German international for a few quid more.

Sam Hoare
40 Posted 19/01/2020 at 22:03:40
Can is fine. He's better than what we currently have. He's probably on a par with Gomes (who I don't rate especially). £20m would be a more apt price but it is January.

How about we take Jude Bellingham instead. Apparently about to move from Birmingham City to Man Utd. Early days but he looks an absolute star to me!

Tony Everan
41 Posted 19/01/2020 at 22:05:15
You Can-not be serious.

Mercenary who ran down his Liverpool contract, who would demand a massive wage and a long contract. Possibly a Billy Big Balls who will not shed blood for our cause [remind you of someone?]. You can't factor in re-sale either with this lad.

Avoid, unless it's a loan – which could suit us and him; otherwise, there have got to be better alternatives.

Si Cooper
42 Posted 19/01/2020 at 23:34:02
Sam, Bellingham's 16 isn't he? He would be a remarkable talent if he were capable of stepping up to resolve the failings in our current midfield options.

Not particularly enthused by what I remember of Emre Can hunger wise but, at 26 (as reported in article) and a current German international, he cannot be dismissed as too old or not having potential resale value (if he's good enough to provide some guile into his thirties).

Michael Williams
43 Posted 20/01/2020 at 02:07:01
I hope not. He never seemed that good. Very likely to add to our collection of overpaid "footballers" that we are stuck with. Only 8 appearances in all competitions.
Mike Gaynes
44 Posted 20/01/2020 at 02:42:46
Oh yes we can, I know we can can
yes we can can, why can't we?
If we wanna, yes we can can.

-- The Pointer Sisters

Mike Gaynes
45 Posted 20/01/2020 at 02:46:32
Carl #39 and Mike #30, I listed my three favorites on another thread here -- Bowen of Hull City (whom Carl mentioned), Eliason at Bristol and Watkins at Brentford. All three will be cheaper in the summer when their clubs don't get promoted.
Gary Mortimer
46 Posted 20/01/2020 at 08:08:41
He is far too slow!

A big fat no from me.

Justin Doone
47 Posted 20/01/2020 at 08:15:48
I don't want Can but yes he would be an improvement on what we have.

Davies is still raw and gives the ball away to often but I've always liked him, he's got ability and a great attitude to work hard and improve.

Gbamin is totally unproven, Gomes can control and pass, Siggy is a goal threat but more of an attacking midfielder, others not worth mentioning.

But I'm not sure Can is what we need. He didn't seem to have the pace, work ethic or desire to close down but he's decent on the ball.

I just think if we can't find better then our DoF and the scouting network is failing. We need a fast, energetic work horse to close down and tackle to complement our other midfielders.

In a midfield 3 Can along with x and Gomes could be good, Davies can then fill in / fight it out with Can and Gomes depending on the needs of the team. Gbamin and x fight for the CDM.

Sam Hoare
48 Posted 20/01/2020 at 09:32:04
Si @42, yes, Bellingham's not 17 till June. I think he could well be a remarkable talent and has looked very at home in his (limited) appearances in the Championship.

I think he could certainly do a job for us as we wait till Gomes and Gbamin are fit and then after that could well grow into a very serious, all rounded midfielder in a few years time.

There's talk of Man Utd signing him for between £15m and £20m which is a lot for someone relatively untested but I have a feeling that lad could well be a star.

Steve Ferns
49 Posted 20/01/2020 at 09:58:59
Sam, the thing with Jude Bellingham is that he was a central midfielder for the various youth sides, a Number 8. This is probably where he will play when he matures.

However, if we were to sign him now, then we would need to play him, he could not be persuaded to come here ahead of the long list of sides that want him to merely sit in our U23s or U18s for a season or so.

If you want to pay him then you need to accept that he has a number of weaknesses that mean he could really only play on the wing. The lad is a very good technical player, good touch, good dribbler, and good passer. He effectively becomes a younger version of Anthony Gordon without the electric speed (though Bellingham is not slow either).

No doubt Gordon will mature into a forward, playing in the front 3 or behind the striker, whereas Bellingham will play deeper. But until Bellingham fills out, bulks up, and physically matures, he could not play central midfield in the top flight. He does not seem to be much of a tackler, so he would need to work on this, though I suspect it's more that a 16-year-old can't get stuck in on the grown men opposing him in the Championship.

The lad looks a talent for sure, but we need to buy someone for the here and now. Whilst keeping a clear pathway for the talented youngsters that we already have. We should only move for this lad if it is to push someone like Gordon out of the way.

David Connor
50 Posted 20/01/2020 at 12:08:51
Signing this player will prove that we still haven't learned from recent mistakes. Top-drawer fees for rubbish players. No thanks; this player stinks – as the Red Shite know only too well.
Brian Wilkinson
51 Posted 20/01/2020 at 13:28:00
We are so close to our FFP limit that I cannot see anyone coming in this window for big money.

We have a wage turnaround of 85% with only Niasse a possible outgoing in the summer.

We still have Bolasie, Sandro, Tarashaj Walcott and Schneiderlin with 18-month contracts remaining.Sigurdsson and Tosun have 2½ years remaining.

Out of the above, I can only see Tosun as a possibility of getting some money for. So we will still have the above wages to pay for, so any further incomings will push us over the 85% in wages.

Phil Smith
52 Posted 20/01/2020 at 15:53:06
No, no and no!
Steven Astley
53 Posted 20/01/2020 at 17:49:54
Is this it? Is this what Brands gets paid thousands for? Fucking hell! Absolute joke.

Tell you what, give me the job for a month and I'd do more than he has in all his tenure here. Brands is seriously starting to piss me off.

Gary Carter
54 Posted 20/01/2020 at 22:34:52
Interesting to see one time linked Reiner Jesus has been snapped up by Real Madrid for just 26 million
Carl Manning
55 Posted 20/01/2020 at 22:43:47
I’ve think I’ve seen mike Newcastle have moved for Bowen. Bruce signed him for Hull so that may be a reason for the young man to push for the move. I’m shocked nobody moved for him sooner. He’s a wide player that averages very closely 1 in 2 in a very competitive, physical leave. He’ll have a nightmare against chelsea in the cup sat now and make me look foolish :-)
Mike Gaynes
56 Posted 20/01/2020 at 23:23:20
Carl #55, the latest I read was that Newcastle don't want to meet Hull's £20 million price tag for Bowen, offering £12 million instead, and Hull won't budge. But his contract runs out at the end of June, so if Hull don't sell him now, they get nothing.

That may be the reason for the paucity of bids... why pony up 20m now when he could be had for nothing but a rich contract this summer?

Carl Manning
57 Posted 21/01/2020 at 09:45:43
I didn’t realize he was out of contract this summer mike. What a great option he’ll be for somebody. The upside is potentially massive.
Steve Ferns
58 Posted 21/01/2020 at 09:50:52
Personally, I don't think Jarrod Bowen looks that good, but he fits the bill as a left footed right winger, can play both sides and up top. If he's a squad player and no better, then he won't cost the earth and wages are likely to be palatable. Could be worth a bid, as he might well make the grade when tested by Premier League defences.
Daniel A Johnson
59 Posted 21/01/2020 at 11:18:43
Remember when Liverpool signed hime the fans were crowing they had the signed the new Lothar Matthaus.

Then he played a few matches and they all shut up.

Average midfielder commanding big wages...…..do we not learn?

Kevin O'Regan
60 Posted 21/01/2020 at 12:09:55
He's a long way from the German squad, and very unlikely to get back in after playing so little in the past few years. Pls. detour.
Brian Williams
61 Posted 21/01/2020 at 12:21:39
We're not after him!
Steve Ferns
62 Posted 22/01/2020 at 13:10:25
I've seen some mention of Mo Besic as a midfield option. I hadn't realised that he still has another 18 months on his contract. That was a hell of a parting gift from Roberto Martinez to give him a new five year deal based on nothing.

Anyway, there's reports in the local Sheffield press that he might extend his stay there. Link

I doubt we'd be able to "sell" him, but they might take him off our hands for free and take over the contract.

Meantime, Cenk Tosun's honeymoon at Crystal Palace has come to an end, with the fans furious at him missing a sitter: Link It is the first chance of the highlights. I'd say it was more or less the same chance as Armstrong scored for Southampton, but it was hardly a sitter, and we all know Tosun does not score from outside the box.

Robert Tressell
63 Posted 22/01/2020 at 18:29:00
Starting to look like Emre Can't. That's fine. He's pretty good but unless he's super motivated then we might end up with another under performing high earner. There are cheaper options. Eggestein, Guimaraes, Beltran, Locatelli or Lewis Cook from relegated Bournemouth (can't t believe people wanted Eddie Howe) amongst many others. Probs a better fit really. Nice to get someone in now but if we wait till summer so be it. With Jarrod Bowen, feel like he'd find his level a bit beneath where we want to be but may be more effective than Walcott (kind of hoping he will sign for miami or similar) and we need a left footer up top. For all the sexiness of Brazilians (the players not the downstairs hairstyle), can be hit and miss in the prem so Malcolm, Neres, Pedrinho etc might not even hit the heights of a Bowen.
Stephen Karnes
64 Posted 22/01/2020 at 23:15:12
Love the folks on here calling him a mercenary. Imagine wanting to get paid to do your job.

Can is a good player and would immediately improve our midfield.

Dan Sanderson
65 Posted 23/01/2020 at 01:48:40
The only midfielder that wants away from us at the mo is Mo Bés and I have to say he's probably the only one I'd want to keep. What is it with every manager coming in signing an overpriced ill fitting midfielder to symbolise their time in charge, they're absolutely stinging us years later and still we are looking at crap like this. Really hoping this doesn't happen, he looks a lump and not us at all. What happened to the Cahill's of this world why are we now unable to look at midfielders less than £20m? Every Championship striker that gets a big money move nowadays is free scoring in the prem the next year why don't we stick to that and stop dreaming. Massive problems with our recruitment strategy if this is all we come up with
Stephen Karnes
66 Posted 23/01/2020 at 13:05:51
Dan #65,

Brands has only bought a single member of our currently fit midfield and that's Delph who cost much less than £20 million.

Barry Jones
67 Posted 23/01/2020 at 23:27:18
I would try for James Ward Prowse, Dwight McNeil and David Brooks. All fabulous midfield players with technique and energy and they may not break the bank.
Andy Crooks
68 Posted 24/01/2020 at 00:11:24
Mike, Mike @45. I have Brentford and Coventry to get promoted in a substantial double. So, you are right, Brentford will not get promoted and it is now your fault!

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