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Interest in Everton Soares reportedly ''well advanced''

Friday, 24 January 2020 53comments  |  Jump to last

Everton continue to be linked with a move for their namesake Everton Soares, with some Brazilian media outlets suggesting that a deal is close.

The speculation appears to be very much media-driven, though, with almost nothing by way of corroboration from the reputable sources in England, and it fails to take into account Carlo Ancelotti's no-nonsense declaration last week that, "all the names in the newspapers are wrong."

Soares has been talked about in relation to a move to Goodison Park for a few weeks now but it has ramped up in recent days following an assertion made by Zero Hora journalist, Pedro Ernesto Denardin, who claimed that agent Gilmar Veloz was flying to Merseyside to hold face-to-face talks with representatives from the club.

The player himself recently announced on social media, however, that "only agent Márcio Cruz is authorised to deal with matters relating to my career. Any other type of information that links me to other professionals is wrong.”

Nevertheless, OUL say that Everton are ready to submit a formal £30m offer for Soares next week while Bruno Flores of Brazilian Radio Grenal has also tweeted that negotiations are “well advanced”.

Updated Later reports would suggest that the interest was serious, with the player himself quoted on a call he got from Carlo Ancelotti, and talking of his friendship with Richarlison:

“He asked me how I was doing, if I was interested in playing at the club. It's a great club, a great opportunity. A great coach too, I will surely learn a lot from him,” said Everton Soares (via Globo Esporte).

“I have a friendship with Richarlison, I was able to play together with him. He ended up knowing about Everton's interest and called me. I was happy, it's a great club, a great coach too. A coach that whoever plays with him will learn a lot. I am also happy for these contacts.”

Globo Esporte writes that Everton wanted to sign the Brazilian now, but Financial Fair Play was an issue. Now a summer attempt ‘isn't ruled out', and the player had some details of how the talks had been going.

“Nothing came to Grêmio, but people linked to the club sought me out, approaching, to find out about the interest. Even for bureaucratic reasons nothing got to Grêmio. It's something that I try not to disturb myself with.

“I dream of playing in Europe, but I can't let that anxiety get in the way. At the moment it doesn't materialise, I'm a Grêmio player. I have to do my best here. I will always try to honour the shirt, until the last game here.”

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Martin Berry
1 Posted 24/01/2020 at 11:04:06
Everton Soares will be our first and perhaps only signing in this window. Brands has publicly stated that Carlo needs a right-sided midfielder; this lad fits the bill and the bill is not excessive!
Derek Knox
2 Posted 24/01/2020 at 18:03:52
I truly hope so, love the little guy, before he has even kicked a ball for us. Praying to the Transfer Gods as I type.

Steve Croston
3 Posted 24/01/2020 at 18:08:59
Imagine how he'll feel when he hears the crowd singing his name... All the time!!!

He could become a real talisman for our club, simply because he was blessed with such an awesome name. I've never wanted a player to join us more than with this fellow. Everton forever!

Carl Manning
4 Posted 24/01/2020 at 18:09:40
The most excited I've ever been over a transfer of ours was when we signed Kanchelskis! Although my father had a heart attack when he had to pay for the name to go on the back of the shirt per letter... haha! Even better, he performed for us and was sensational at times. 16-year-old me was heartbroken when he left so soon.

This guy seems to have excited the fan base before we've even signed him. Wouldn't take much if he signs for him to become the teams figurehead and icon.

Mike Gaynes
5 Posted 24/01/2020 at 18:16:53
Wait 'till he gets here and sees his name spelled out in the stand. He will feel SO loved!!
Sam Hoare
6 Posted 24/01/2020 at 18:17:51
Martin, I think Everton Soares has spent most his career on the left wing. He could play right but it’d be strange if we bought another natural left-winger.
Bill Gall
7 Posted 24/01/2020 at 18:20:19
Believe it when I see him in a photograph with an Everton shirt on holding an Everton scarf over his head.
Steve Shave
8 Posted 24/01/2020 at 18:27:53
This is very exciting if true Jay Wood what are your thoughts in relation to likelihood of it happening and how do you see him fit in our side? I'd be really interested in your thoughts as I know you have championed him in the past.
Derek Knox
9 Posted 24/01/2020 at 18:46:22
Bill @ 7, if it's any help, a neighbour of mines' 2nd cousin, twice removed, who knows someone, who works in Poundland, thinks that Cebolinha's agent was in the shop today.

Not only that, he bought a load of Brazil Nuts, so read into that what you will, but that swings it for me. 🤔😋

Mike Gaynes
10 Posted 24/01/2020 at 18:54:23
Can't get better confirmation than that, DK!

I'm ordering my Everton-on-Everton shirt right now.

Brian Hennessy
11 Posted 24/01/2020 at 18:56:30
I'll be ordering a new shirt with his name as soon as he signs. If/when he leaves us for 200Million to Madrid in a few years time the shirt will still be perfectly usable.
Dave Abrahams
12 Posted 24/01/2020 at 19:00:13
Give him a miss, fucks about too much!!!
James Stewart
13 Posted 24/01/2020 at 19:02:35
Get it done! Quality.
Robert Tressell
14 Posted 24/01/2020 at 19:09:38
I blame Tom Davies
Robert Tressell
15 Posted 24/01/2020 at 19:11:53
I blame Tom Davies
Des Farren
16 Posted 24/01/2020 at 19:12:55
Could you not be more definitive,Dave @12?
Robert Tressell
17 Posted 24/01/2020 at 19:24:30
This would be great. Flair + end product. We've been a snooze fest in the final third fairly consistently for about 20 years. This guy, Richarlison, DCL and Kean would be so exciting. I've said before slight anxiety it holds Gordon back but so be it. It also moves walcott out of the first team picture which is fine by me. Just doesn't offer enough. Fingers crossed
Mike Doyle
18 Posted 24/01/2020 at 19:25:59
Always difficult to tell from YouTube compilations. He looks quick with great control and a decent finish. Then again I think Oumar looked good too. Hmmmm.
Fran Mitchell
19 Posted 24/01/2020 at 19:37:22
Mike, Niasse never even looked good on YouTube.

He's known as Cebolinha (or Jimmy 5 in English) due to his likeness of the comic book character in 'Monica's Gang' - a very popular Brazilian comic.

The guy is class. May take some time to adapt, which is why I'd like us to get him now rather than the summer. But he'd be one heck of a signing. In 3/4 years, Richarlison and this guy with DCL and Kean - that is potentially one heck of an attack.

Steve Shave
20 Posted 24/01/2020 at 19:58:19
Sam (6) Richy can always play right, he has looked effective there in the past.
Paul Birmingham
21 Posted 24/01/2020 at 20:33:38
I’m erring caution, but I’ve a gut feeling there’s some genuine EFC, interest in this player.

Jay, may be able to give some further insight on this story and the players credentials.

In Carlo and Marcel we trust.

Phil Bellis
22 Posted 24/01/2020 at 20:46:58
Shirt sales might be good... I still have my Home Farm shirt with our name on the front
Jay Wood

23 Posted 24/01/2020 at 20:51:37
Maybe Everton (the football club) is being very clandestine in all this, but there is no great buzz or confirmation on this side of the pond that there is anything in this, or that it is imminent.

Indeed, Globo Esporte - the largest media outlet in Brazil - quotes the Gremio board as being 'emphatic' that they have not received any offers for the player at all.

It does go on to say, rather coyly, that offers are expected before the close of the European transfer window.

The gossip from other sources says it's 25 million Euros, rising to 30 million with add ons. But basically, it's recycling what you are all probably reading in English.

Anybody who has read my previous biogs on the boy know what an impact I believe he could have on the team, so naturally I'm hoping there is some truth behind it all.

But I must repeat again, it's nothing concrete at all.

Richard Mason
24 Posted 24/01/2020 at 20:56:57
UOL are reporting that Everton (the player) will be done before the window closes, it also states that he will have the number 11 shirt, which is walcott's.
Is UOL a reliable source?? Or is it all bull
Fran Mitchell
25 Posted 24/01/2020 at 21:44:09
Richard, UOL are just your big standard internet news page, gossip and rehashes of what is in other news sites so they won't know anything.

I was searching ESPN and Globo before and there is nothing mentioning us that I could see. again, like Jay I hope this happens, but again I won't get my hopes up.

What does encourage me is that he apparently has a great relationship with Richarlison.

In terms of his position, I really think this is secondary. The guy is qualify with a capital Q.

I'm certain he could play alongside DCL in the current 4-2-2-2, or in Bernard's position on the left. I see no reason why he couldn't develop and also play on the right (currently held by Walcott).

He's young, but already has a taste for silverware and has proven in big stadiums in the big games.

But let's just wait and see.

Robert Tressell
26 Posted 24/01/2020 at 21:55:04
V similar to Franck Ribery in style. Lovely player.
Paul Birmingham
27 Posted 24/01/2020 at 22:17:31
Thanks Jay, for your feedback. Looks like the rumour mill will be good n over drive this next week, but hopefully some nice surprises, for EFC.
Simon Harrison
28 Posted 24/01/2020 at 22:43:07
Here's TransferMarkt's profile of Everton 'Cebolinha' Soares;


Just looking at his stats, most games at LF/W, most effective at LF/W and he'd want the #11 shirt as that is what he has worn for most of his career.

The quoted price is $25m with sell ons to $35m online which is just shy of £20m, rising to £27m. Still doesn't fix the problem of a RMF/F/W

Tom Bowers
29 Posted 24/01/2020 at 22:46:26
Would be nice if it were true but the media is in full swing at the moment so let's wait and see if it's carved in stone by the 31st.

I am sure there will be a rush of moves by the 31st. but not sure Everton will be involved in any.

Sam Hoare
30 Posted 24/01/2020 at 23:13:33
I’m afraid I don’t believe this link. Seems a classic case of an agent using us to flush out other potential interest.

Richarlison, Bernard and Iwobi (and Gordon?) all favour the left wing spot.

Brands even said recently that they were looking for right sided players, and there are some very good ones out there. I reckon the only way this would happen is if Brands thought it represented great value (ie cut price) or if it were a loan to buy deal (which seems highly unlikely).

Chris Spragg
31 Posted 24/01/2020 at 23:46:32
Fran @ 19 Everton "Cebolinha"
Cebolinha = Little Onion...
Due his head and hair...
Don Alexander
32 Posted 25/01/2020 at 00:44:24
Chris (#31) we already have a squad full of players with "little onions" who regularly make us cry, so signing a.n.other is to me dubious at least!
Drew O'Neall
33 Posted 25/01/2020 at 00:46:13
Would anyone be ‘flying to Merseyside’? Brands would go to the player or the agent would meet us in London I would have thought.

Seems to have bags of ability. There are other areas where we need reinforcements more but I think he would be a sound investment, just hope we’re not selling Richarlison to balance the books.

Cebolinha is a right footed left winger so could play opposite Richarlison either side of DCL or Kean in a threesome however I feel like that would be a retrograde step because we seem onto something with Richarlison and Dom up front and, in that case, I can’t see him having enough defensive balance, or propensity to cross, to his game to play as a wide midfielder in a four.

Rob Young
34 Posted 25/01/2020 at 07:55:56
We could still do with an improvement on the left wing, Bernard is less hot, more cold to me.

Makes sense commercially as well, I reckon. That seems to be important these days.

Robert Tressell
35 Posted 25/01/2020 at 08:07:27
I think an attacking 3 of DCL, Richarlison and Everton would work since the latter 2 are v mobile and wouldn't hold a fixed position. DCL works his socks off too and keeps a defence busy. However, this doesn't leave room for iwobi, bernard or sigurdsson like players (who cares?). It lends itself to a more workmanlike trio (as per the Shite). Gbamin, Davies and Gomes fit the bill. Would like to see another class act in that area too who would cover a lot of ground.
Mike Benjamin
36 Posted 25/01/2020 at 08:30:47
Robert Bernard has been one of most effective players in the last couple of months, please don’t say he is the same as Siggy oh Iwobi
Fran Mitchell
37 Posted 25/01/2020 at 08:46:53
Simon, yes, Cebolinha the character in 'turma da monica' (Monica's gang) and is due to his hair. This character, in the English translation is called 'jimmy 5'. Only mentioned as an interesting piece of information.

Everton Soares is nicknamed due to the likeness, mainly the hair. But it is because of the cartoon character, not because of spring onion (Cebolinha doesn't translate as little onion, but spring onion).

There is even a photo somewhere with Everton Soares posing with the Cebolinha (cartoon character) caricature - the cartoon character always carried a bunny stuffed toy :

Colin Glassar
38 Posted 25/01/2020 at 09:04:19
Any news on Riquelme? I still have hope.
Robert Tressell
39 Posted 25/01/2020 at 09:05:13
Mike youre right Bernard has been v good. I still don't see him as a first 11 player - but more someone with class to fill a variety of gaps (tactical or to cover injury). Similar with Iwobi - who I think will come on as a player for us, but again is just a bit short of where I'd want our first 11 to be. If we have to bench Bernard to accommodate Everton that's fine by me.
Derek Knox
40 Posted 25/01/2020 at 11:11:26
Colin, latest news off the 'hot press' is that Riquelme is going to act as a luggage carrier and personal assistant to Everton Soares. So there, you have it!
John Pickles
41 Posted 25/01/2020 at 11:33:54
It's funny how we may have a player called Everton Soares while our neighbours had a player called Gobshitespawnyuglybastard Suarez.
Billy Roberts
42 Posted 25/01/2020 at 14:26:44
Let's hope we can settle on one name if he does sign for us as it's a bit confusing.
We can't call him Everton because that will be confusing straight away, He doesn't get called Soares but gets called Cebolinha because he looks like a spring onion character that translates as Jimmy 5 as well as a Spring onion or little onion.
More importantly as Fran @25 says he looks like qualify with a capital Q!!
Predictive text eh, don't you love it.
Kieran Kinsella
43 Posted 25/01/2020 at 14:33:47
Billy 42

Wasn’t Jimmy 5 Gazza’s obese drinking buddy?

Billy Roberts
44 Posted 25/01/2020 at 15:06:34
Yes Keiran, jimmy5 bellys I think.
I don't think he went near too many spring onions!! That's it settled, if he signs hell be known " affectionately " as Jimmy 5 bellys.
Kieran Kinsella
45 Posted 25/01/2020 at 15:41:50
Billy 44

"Jimmy 5 Bellys" sounds like a classic Sam Allardyce type no nonsense lump up top.

Tony Everan
46 Posted 25/01/2020 at 21:52:18
Everton Saores, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison in attack would be very exciting and looks very competitive. Young and dynamic with physicality and goals it could take us to the next level.

Our central midfield boys need to come back from injury strong, but I still think we need a reinforcement in there now. I think this will be the extent of our January business. A deal for Soares may be made in advance of a summer move.

Tom Bowers
47 Posted 26/01/2020 at 22:51:01
Siggy made his name because of his goals contribution for his previous clubs much like Walcott and although he notched a few when he first came his overall contribution this season has been disappointing.
We have other midfielders who may in due course compensate for Siggy such as Iwobe who I agree could slot in well in due course when the others return and under Carlo's influence.
Bernard is another who has started to perform better so we could be cautiously optimistic for next season.
Paul Birmingham
48 Posted 26/01/2020 at 23:19:06
The days are slowly having a few minutes day light now, each passing day as winter, passes.

I’m optimistic for the future but I hope we get players whom will enhance our squad rather than add to the pile of dead wood.

If we Getz Everton, great, but it’s goons be some covert signing, as the window, draws to a close.

Hopefully some nice surprises for EFC, this window.

Eric Myles
49 Posted 27/01/2020 at 00:13:59
Drew #33, why fly anywhere, don't they have FaceTime on their 'phones?

Or surely a Skype account?

Michael Kenrick
50 Posted 01/02/2020 at 13:14:46
Seems this Cebolinha rumour had some basis after all. Gotta love the idea of Everton playing for Everton, especially as he seems a bit special. But I can't believe someone isn't going to steal him from under our noses...
Ray Roche
51 Posted 01/02/2020 at 13:17:09
Why Michael, what have you heard?
Michael Kenrick
52 Posted 01/02/2020 at 13:23:22
Sorry, I should've flagged the update to the original story up top. It seems like a direct quote from the player himself... but you wonder these days if it's been faked!
Ray Roche
53 Posted 01/02/2020 at 13:25:55
Thanks Michael. Maybe a summer option?

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