The 22-year-old Brazilian has been in impressive form in Ligue 1 this season and is reportedly being tracked by Arsenal and Leicester City but it's the Toffees who are ready to make their move if these reports are true.
Paul Joyce in The Times reports that Everton scouts have run the rule over Gabriel on a number of occasions.
Although he recently signed a new contract at Lille, Gabriel "is expected to leave this summer" for a bigger club.
Original Source: The Times
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1 Posted 24/02/2020 at 18:09:24
2 Posted 24/02/2020 at 18:26:15
This is his first top-level season, and Transfermarkt says he has played almost every game for Lille. No debut yet for Brazil. I think I read Arsenal were tracking him last year.
3 Posted 24/02/2020 at 18:29:26
4 Posted 24/02/2020 at 18:59:17
5 Posted 24/02/2020 at 21:08:40
Too thin on the ground and not enough competition for places in that slot, or could Lewis Gibson be elevated to first team? Is he actually ready? How much will we have to spend in the Summer?
Do we retain Sidibe? Do we also bring Jonjoe back? So many questions, and that's just the defence. I won't even start with the midfield because I think a lot will depend on who we can ship out, but an overhaul is definitely needed there.
6 Posted 24/02/2020 at 21:32:53
A massive pre-season, that famous cliche, but this one I'm convinced will require ruthless professionalism by the manager and board to get a team that believes it can win, every game.
Game management and a winning mentality is massive, but some of the players must know, that they don't earn their right to be part of this squad. Whom we buy and release, sell for profit or loss, will be interesting.
But exciting times, and the club is improving, and is in the best position in my view since the days of Howard Kendall Mk 1 as manager..
That's a long time.
7 Posted 24/02/2020 at 21:38:31
Not the £30 million player now being quoted, but when Lille first recruited him for a mere €3 million fee, three years ago when he had barely turned 19.
The type of signing so far under the radar that it doesn't even register a blip.
I know nothing of the lad from his Brazilian days, a single season with Serie B Avai, a yoyo club in recent years with two promotions and two relegations between the top two divisions, all in consecutive seasons. He only had a single season with them as an 18-year-old in Serie B and didn't feature regularly.
I note Lille loaned him out for a Troyes in France then Dinamo Zagreb for a couple of seasons and it is only now this season he appears to have become a regular for Lille.
Not on the Brazil national team radar from what I know, either.
Seems a lot of money to me based on his record to date.
8 Posted 24/02/2020 at 22:37:32
9 Posted 24/02/2020 at 22:49:15
Wish we had got Saliba instead of Arsenal. That guy is a beast and could single-handedly improve Arsenal the way Van Dijk did to Liverpool.
I see Sangare has also been linked today, one of my faves. I'd be pretty happy if we got Gabriel, Sangare and Jonathan David to play right wing.
10 Posted 25/02/2020 at 04:15:23
11 Posted 25/02/2020 at 05:18:44
12 Posted 25/02/2020 at 07:24:58
He has a reputation for discovering (through his network of scouts) raw talent quite often in South America and Mexico. I expected he would unearth a couple when he came to us.
Iwobi is a case and point of being the total antithesis of that, as basically he has disappointed in the games played thus far. He may come good, but surely he is leaving it late, and will he ever justify that astronomical fee and wages.
Whether he has been pressurised from within to get players in to appease the fans, or whatever, we will probably never be privy to. At a time when we are perilously close to breaching FFP Rules, it almost beggars belief when you analyse the lack of quality of what we have.
No bang for our bucks, although we do have a nucleus of decent players, but many have either come through the ranks, or cost buttons in comparison to today's silly price market. The jury is still pondering whether Marcel Brands will deliver in the next few Windows, and hopefully get a few bargains!
13 Posted 25/02/2020 at 07:36:40
I know I will be in the minority on this site but I think Brands has got a hell of a lot still to prove. I can't say I've been massively impressed with his signings so far.
Obviously some, like Gomes, have been a success but Iwobi, in my opinion, was a huge waste of money and, for me, the jury is still very much out on the likes of Mina etc.
14 Posted 25/02/2020 at 08:10:26
We paid fairly big money for Mina and Digne, neither what you'd call phenomenal defenders and Holgate is better with the ball at his feet than when he is throwing his head in the way of things.
Michael Keane I'd expect sold on in the summer if a bid arrives of any note.
In loathe to pay so much money for these “supposed to be's“ from abroad all the time, very rarely do we bring a player straight from abroad and they become anything other than average, especially from slightly lesser leagues.
15 Posted 25/02/2020 at 08:17:37
Yes, Joe Worral at Nottm Forest has to fall into that category.
16 Posted 25/02/2020 at 12:34:32
Bearing in mind he's only been here for a dog-watch, he must have seen something in the lad, but whether he's ready for an assault on the Premier League next season is matter for conjecture.
Valid point you made, Jim, and not just talking Everton, many high priced defenders have come in for other Clubs and been total flip-flops, Eliaquim Mangala springs to mind. Van Dijk has been one exception but, at £75M, you would hope so.
Steve, yes, I have seen the lad Joe Worral who looks okay and I'm sure wouldn't command a silly fee and exorbitant wages if signed.
17 Posted 25/02/2020 at 13:00:50
Yes, really looking forward to seeing more of this guy in the U23s. Next home game is versus Liverpool on 16th March. Chelsea away 2nd March – I don't know if Chelsea will live-stream that.
18 Posted 25/02/2020 at 14:35:00
Worall, for example, looks a good player but, to my eye, is better suited to a team like Sheffield United, Burnley or Brighton. Whereas someone like Ben White at Leeds is quicker and has better anticipation and more likely to be a target for teams like us who defend a bit higher up the pitch.
19 Posted 25/02/2020 at 14:43:34
I think his best work is done centrally and he may suffer now that we are playing a 4-4-2 with no No 10, which is where I think he is best suited. I don't think he can be sold so soon (without taking a loss) so it may be up for him and Carlo to work out where he best fits. He's a very good passer and has some of the best stats in the league for completed passes forward in the final third but he looks low on confidence and form at the moment.
20 Posted 25/02/2020 at 15:51:57
In some games, the full-backs are allowed to venture forward more often and in others they are told to stay at home. A few years back Coleman and Baines were the best in the Premier League at getting forward but were also very quick at getting back. Much depends on speedy defenders but also on the system that is employed.
It doesn't help when the keeper starts to look shaky also. Everton's defence has been iffy all season and Sunday's game was no exception but having said that they could have gotten a result if the finishing had been better.
Whoever they buy he has to be able to communicate well with the others. Ratcliffe and Mountfield were the last partnership that looked solid for Everton.
21 Posted 25/02/2020 at 19:25:00
More generally, agree Iwobi was a weird signing. But think he'll become a very useful player once he beds in (although maybe like at arsenal, never quite commanding a first 11 place when everyone us fit). Could we have spent circa £30m better – yes. But we have him now and he's not that bad.
22 Posted 27/02/2020 at 08:36:40
23 Posted 27/02/2020 at 08:44:08
“Ratcliffe and Mountfield — the last solid partnership”?
So you didn't rate Jagielka, Distin and Lescott?
24 Posted 27/02/2020 at 10:23:18
“But teams with a higher block will need defenders who can combine strength with great pace, acceleration and anticipation.“
Makes you wonder what we ever saw in Michael Keane!
25 Posted 27/02/2020 at 10:47:32
26 Posted 27/02/2020 at 12:10:56
Think Maldini or Pique, we've got too many defenders who are caught out being adventurous.
27 Posted 27/02/2020 at 16:06:53
28 Posted 27/02/2020 at 16:44:33
Didnt he play LB for a while?
Thought Weir, Stubbs and Gough were pretty decent too.
Makes the current incumbents look a bit poor anyway.
29 Posted 27/02/2020 at 16:54:41
Gough was terrific, it's a pity he joined us so late in his career. Same with Weir and Ablett.
30 Posted 27/02/2020 at 16:56:11
31 Posted 27/02/2020 at 17:09:08
32 Posted 27/02/2020 at 17:14:02
33 Posted 27/02/2020 at 17:28:08
You don't mean Thomas Partey do you.
34 Posted 27/02/2020 at 17:36:00
35 Posted 27/02/2020 at 17:57:04
36 Posted 27/02/2020 at 18:55:04
Richard the contract negations will take eons for Thomas.
37 Posted 27/02/2020 at 19:13:01
38 Posted 27/02/2020 at 19:16:26
I also think 4-4-2 contradicts the pressing game, because centre backs should not be coming towards our midfield, on the ball, with all the time in the world, like Luiz had on Sunday, for Arsenals second goal, but thats another argument all together, because I also thought we were very flexible with the ball at times on Sunday, which usually isnt the case when teams play a methodical 4-4-2 system?
We definitely need players with energy though, because its probably the only real way to be aggressive in this modern game, imo.
39 Posted 27/02/2020 at 20:04:35
40 Posted 27/02/2020 at 22:43:47
They kept Lacazette and Aubameyang so quiet, that neither had a sniff at goal, until 7 minutes from the end, when Aubameyang scored a great overhead goal, which looked like the winner, until Olympiakos scored a dramatic late winner to go through on away goals. As I say though, Cisse and Ba looked very good to me.
41 Posted 27/02/2020 at 22:54:52
Thanks for the confirmation, I'm not losing it after all! Excellent player, Ratcliffe.
42 Posted 04/03/2020 at 06:43:59
Had they been English, the 1986 World Cup may have turned out better (with 6 Everton players in the starting XI instead of just 5!) and Maradona would never have scored that second goal - (Fenwick and Butcher left for dead... and a hobbling Peter Reid) Ratcliffe would have had the pace to shut him down. If Bracewell was fit as well then we'd have 7 in the side.
43 Posted 05/03/2020 at 16:37:07
Hugh #22, I was thinking the same about Holgate being thought of long term as a defensive central midfielder. I think he would excel there.
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