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Everton 'open discussions' with Lille over Gabriel

| Thursday, 05 March 2020 21comments  |  Jump to last

Everton are reportedly now in talks over the summer transfer of defender Gabriel.

The Blues are said to have scouted the 22-year-old extensively and now, if a claim made by The Independent is correct, they have firmed up their interest.

Gabriel was signed by Lille for just £1.5m and recently signed a new contract so that the French club could protect his value ahead of what is anticipated to be his departure at the end of this season.

The Brazilian is highly regarded and has also been watched closely by Arsenal and Tottenham but it was Everton who pondered a move for him in January before ultimately electing to hold off.

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Steve Shave
1 Posted 06/03/2020 at 07:04:00
This is an interesting rumour. Now I really know nothing about the lad but the Lille scouting network is absolutely first rate. We've been heavily linked for a while now.

Personally I'd love to see us wrap up our business really early, some deals are getting done out of the window.

If we brought him, what would that mean for our current team? That would make 4 quality centre-backs with the boy at Fleetwood likely to be loaned out to a Championship team. I can't see Mina and Keane sitting on the bench all season, surely one will be sold.

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
2 Posted 06/03/2020 at 08:27:30
Pity we can't have Brett Angell back to play centre-half and leave Mick Lyons upfield.
Sam Hoare
3 Posted 06/03/2020 at 09:25:22
He's a very good player to my eye. Strong and fast and useful on the ball. He will probably cost £25-30m. We need to start picking up these players before they become established; he was only £1.5m a few years back!

Interesting to think that three months ago we'd have been looking for a partner to Mina and now we're probably looking for a partner for Holgate.

I think you could play a back three with Gabriel on the left, Mina in the centre and Holgate on the right quite nicely too.

Steve Shave
4 Posted 06/03/2020 at 10:03:22
Hmmm, yes maybe Carlo is thinking about a system with 3 at the back next season? It's not terribly Everton to buy first on the assumption that they can shift someone... we aren't very good at shifting people for a decent fee.
Alan J Thompson
5 Posted 06/03/2020 at 10:26:57
I've asked before and I'll ask again: Does he qualify for a work permit?
Derek Knox
6 Posted 06/03/2020 at 10:39:00
Another Brazilian? Yes! Bring him in – he looks to be quality, what I have seen of him... but, like some have said, why weren't we interested when he was £1.5M? Ah yes, I know... Steve Walsh and Ronald Koeman were here then.

Interesting too with what'll happen with Mina and Keane, and also Lewis Gibson who is getting rave reviews alongside Calum Connolly at Joey Barton's Fleetwood Town.

Hopefully our targets are all identified in the main before it goes into a silly auction and FFP prohibits us from venturing on. Hoping too that Jonjoe Kenny comes back to us, with Gabriel, Allan, Hirving Lozano, Everton Soares and Odsonne Edouard coming in. That'll do nicely, as they used to say in the Amex advert.

Robert Tressell
7 Posted 06/03/2020 at 11:13:17
I like this player and we could use someone more comfortable at left centre-back. Mina, Holgate and Keane all look better at right centre-back.

Having said that, I was expecting we might persist with the Mina - Holgate combination for another season and use this summer to improve the midfield (including a left-footed right-winger).

Maybe FFP and our transfer kitty allow all 3 areas to be improved? Learning from past seasons, though, it's better not to buy loads of players unless there's a clear role / route to the first 11. Adding top quality in one or two positions makes a much bigger difference.

Tony Everan
8 Posted 06/03/2020 at 12:22:25
I would like our core priority signings to be in for the start of pre season. I think there is a concerted effort to do this.

It will give us a far better chance of starting the season well and picking up those all important points in the first 10 -12 matches that can shape a season.

Gabriel looks like the first of 3 necessary signings, Hirving Lozano or Everton Soares maybe next? Followed by arguably Carlo's most important signing of his Everton reign, his first-choice central midfielder. He will have told Marcel who he wants.

I'm very optimistic and confident that these signings will be made. Marcel is already well on the case.

Dare I say it, we will have a formidable team next season. A team that can challenge for the top 4 and win a trophy.

Tom Bowers
9 Posted 06/03/2020 at 13:07:55
Any great team is built on a strong back line and that needs to be sorted by Carlo. With Pickford making errors but not looking to lose his place it's up to the back four to stay rock solid.

Whilst Holgate has made strides, along with Mina, I am not sure about what is left. Keane is a problem at times as is Sidibe (now that Seamus is crocked) and we are hoping Digne comes back with bang.

Jonjoe Kenny may indeed come back a better player after the Bundesliga but another class act for central defence wouldn't be a bad move.

Tony Heron
10 Posted 06/03/2020 at 18:44:06
Is Jimmy making a comeback?
Clive Rogers
11 Posted 06/03/2020 at 18:58:57
I have been a critic of Keane on these pages, like others, but, in his last three home games, he has been much improved to my mind. He seems to have speeded up. Perhaps he's had some sprint training.
Robert Tressell
12 Posted 06/03/2020 at 19:15:27
Keane has been taking theophylline. Performance enhancing.

More truthfully, Keane is pretty good. Him and Zouma together were excellent. Hence the deserved England caps. Tailed off and doesn't quite hit it off with Mina or Holgate but he's still good. Maybe a big, pacy left footer like Maghaeles is the Zouma replacement (i know Zouma isn't left footed) to bring the best out of keane and allow us the option of moving holgate to midfield.

Drew O'Neall
13 Posted 07/03/2020 at 03:56:40
Could Usmanov buy Lille?

They seem to unearth a lot of decent talent and make them Premier League ready.

With a little more investment, they could become a very useful feeder club, taking their well-calculated (it seems) risks on the £0-5m Brazilians and Africans and giving our U23's a home from home.

Bob Parrington
14 Posted 07/03/2020 at 06:58:46
Good one, Tony @10.

Jimmy Gabriel... OMG – those were the days. With all the crap Everton has to put up with nowadays we need an Angel Gabriel. (Acknowledging Phil@2 comments, of course.)

Bob Parrington
15 Posted 07/03/2020 at 07:03:27
Tom @9, I couldn't agree more with the sentiment re defences. Always comes to mind the thought process that forwards score goals but defences win tournaments!
Steve Shave
16 Posted 07/03/2020 at 07:43:18
If there is truth in this one, then I'm still struggling with the rationale. Surely centre-midfield, right-midfield and right-back are the areas we need to strengthen? I'm not sure we need a centre-back (well, yes we do but it's not the problem area and I feel Mina and Holgate could do well with another season together).

So I'm inclined to query along with others, is there either a) another plan for Holgate? Like moving him into midfield? b) An offer on the table for either Mina or Keane that we want to take? Or c) A firm plan to stick with Kenny and Coleman for right-back next season, freeing up funds for centre-back cover instead.

FFP or not, I cannot see us buying 4. Even Carlo said the other day, 2 or 3 quality signings. Hopefully he sees what we are largely all seeing.

I'm also curious about the Edouard links. I don't know why but my gut tells me Kean will be off this summer (maybe as a makeweight in a deal with one of the big boys for a centre-midfielder?). I'm sure he's a talented lad but if this were true I would not be too bothered from what I have seen to date.

All conjecture, yes, but sometimes this sort of shit keeps me going in the office.

Robert Tressell
17 Posted 07/03/2020 at 08:37:15
I know what you mean, Steve. I'd have thought Mina was worth persisting with for another season but if we get Gabriel Maghaeles then it at least gives more balance.

I presume the return of Kenny means the right-back slot is sorted (without any outlay). The rest of the kitty then gets spent on, say, Marc Roca for centre-midfield and Calvin Stengs for left-footed right-midfielder. The former is linked already.

In dreamland, I'd have wanted to blow the kitty on Rabiot and Odegaard but maybe these guys are just not available.

Edouard seems a weird target – I suspect it is bollocks unless Kean really is off (which would really disappoint me).

Steve Shave
18 Posted 07/03/2020 at 09:05:42
Marc Roca, now you are talking, Robert! What a singing that would be!
Clive Rogers
19 Posted 07/03/2020 at 10:50:30
With Gibson and Foulds coming through, I'm not sure we need another – unless he is better than all of them, of course.
Sam Hoare
20 Posted 07/03/2020 at 11:11:56
I think the supposed logic behind Edouard move is that you could then move Richarlison back into right-wing or right-midfield.

This almost guarantees you more goals from midfield whilst Edouard is a more creative centre-forward who would work well with either Calvert-Lewin or Kean.

I'm not saying this would be my plan (I like Richarlison as a centre-forward) but it's an interesting option.

As for Gabriel, we need another centre-back. We have Mina, Keane and Holgate which is not enough. The likes of Gibson and Braithwaite are not quite Premier League ready; we also need some more pace and ideally someone left-footed.

I expect us to get centre-midfielder, right-midfield and centre-back this summer. Roca is good though not super athletic; my current pick would be Sangare. Along with Cengiz Under. And Gabriel is a good fit too.

Kenny Holgate Gabriel Digne
Under Sangare Gomes Bernard
Calvert-Lewin Richarlison

Bench: Mina, Coleman, Gbamin, Iwobi, Davies, Kean, Gordon.

Looks handy to me. Though I'm not fully convinced by Kenny yet, a bit slow for my liking.

Steve Shave
21 Posted 07/03/2020 at 18:27:19
I also like the look of Hojberg, Sangare a good shout.

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