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Gabriel to be first Everton signing of the summer

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Carlo Ancelotti and Marcel Brands are looking to make defender Gabriel their first signing of the close season according to The Mirror.

It's Sunday during a forced shutdown of football with no games to report which provide two reasons to take this particular claim with a grain of salt but Everton are known to have scouted the Brazilian and there have been reports from other outlets that talks between the Blues and Lille had been opened.

Meanwhile, Italian journalist Nicolò Schira is reporting that Everton have already offered the Brazilian a five-year contract.

Gabriel is 22 and a former Brazil U20 international who has also been watched by the two North London clubs and would cost around £30m.

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Steve Shave
1 Posted 15/03/2020 at 07:08:34
This seems to be gathering more pace this morning. I don't know much about him to be honest. If true then good to see the club making early plans for next season. This is vital in my view, along with a good pre-season against quality opposition (if the virus allows).

There is no way the club can keep Keane, Holgate, Gabriel and Mina happy so I wonder which one of Keane or Mina they plan to sell? Maybe someone has been sniffing around already and a deal lined up to sell.

I'm not sure which one I would shift on actually, I don't see much between them, Mina has greater potential to improve but Keane a seasoned Premier League player.

Steve Shave
2 Posted 15/03/2020 at 07:09:56
Or as suggested by some the plan is to play 3-5-2 next season that would be the ONLY reason to sign Sidibé in my view.
Colin Glassar
3 Posted 15/03/2020 at 09:06:23
I wonder if Carlo plans on moving Holgate into the MF as a holding player?
Derek Knox
4 Posted 15/03/2020 at 10:10:28
Could be Colin, personally I think he is better suited to that role, hopefully Chelsea was a one-off for him but he was awful at CB, but then again he wasn't alone in all positions.

Seems to have some decent reports on this lad, but why didn't we spot him when he was only £1.5M? At least they are identifying targets early on, but God only knows when things will be back to normal.

Would like to get Allan, Cebolinha and Lozano and someone up front for next season. We would have a real Brazilian core at Goodison, I can almost hear the Samba beat now!

Tony Everan
5 Posted 15/03/2020 at 10:25:19
Arsenal and in particular Leicester were after him too, and it looks like he has chosen us. Maybe because of our Brazil lads , Carlo’s stature as well as us being a fantastic club on the up!

I would like some more opinion of him, I know he is 22 and a left footed defender, tough and can pass accurately out of defence for attackers to feed off. He sounds like a very good prospect and may well become a feature in Brazil’s defence. The bare bones of it makes me think this could be a good long term investment for us, that will give us more balance, strength and passing creativity out of defence.

Tom Bowers
6 Posted 15/03/2020 at 12:19:54
When it happens I will believe it.
They do need to improve that defense as I get nervous every time the opposition attacks no matter which team it is.
Eric Myles
7 Posted 15/03/2020 at 14:19:35
But will he get a work permit???
Frank McGregor
8 Posted 15/03/2020 at 17:30:48
Could we please sign some home grown talent instead of usual foreign hipped up failures who do not have the commitment or spirit home grown talent has?

Everton take a look at the other premiership teams bringing in younger local talent into their squads.
Paul Birmingham
9 Posted 15/03/2020 at 17:47:59
Let’s hope there’s an end to end plan for all our preseason transfer deals.

Surely lessons of the past will be learnt. Whom will be moved on in defence is interesting but I sense Mason could be used more in midfield next season.

Who gets sold, only God, knows.

Stewart Lowe
10 Posted 15/03/2020 at 17:48:27
As long as we find teams to have them, or their contracts run out, I can see the following 10 leaving Everton this summer: Niasse, Tarashaj, Ramirez, Martinez, Bolasie, Tosun, Sigurdsson, Schneiderlin, Davies, Keane.
Followed by between 4 and 5 solid players of Ancelotti's liking. If we manage this, I don't see why we can't push for the top 4. For me Davies isn't good enough for Everton, but just like Kenny at Schalke, the pair could get us £40m+ back into the coffers.

Robert Tressell
11 Posted 15/03/2020 at 18:11:00
Very good credentials and right age profile. Tick. Pace to play a high defensive line. Tick. Left foot to provide a bit of balance. Tick. There's only a few like him (ndicka, pau torres, niakhate, Salisu, zagadou) and £30m would be a good investment. Next up left footer to play walcott's role (but better) and someone to play alongside gomes and (im hoping) gbamin in midfield.
Steve Shave
12 Posted 15/03/2020 at 18:28:44
Stewart (9) now I like Davies and Kenny and desperately want them to succeed at our club. However, if an offer came in for £40m for the pair I will run through the streets naked. I suspect Schalke will make an offer for Kenny, I doubt that will be higher than £9-£10M. Based on form this season, I'd be surprised if we got much more than that for Davies. Both saleable assets who I would like to keep as squad back-up for next season. If we are moving to 3-5-2 then I would imagine this spells the end for Coleman.
John G Davies
13 Posted 15/03/2020 at 18:48:44
Steve,

Unfortunately an offer of anything like £20 mil for Tom will not happen.
He is going backwards rapidly.

Duncan Adams
14 Posted 15/03/2020 at 19:28:16
Never seen the guy play but based on the description imagining some kind of Lescott/Distin hybrid which would more than do for me.
Duncan McDine
15 Posted 15/03/2020 at 20:20:41
Eye eye, let’s hope we can get a tune out of Gabriel. Dreams can come true. Fuck I’m bored!!
Steve Shave
16 Posted 16/03/2020 at 09:14:07
John 13 yes bud I agree it was Stewart thinking we'd get 20 big ones for him, no chance.
Steavey Buckley
17 Posted 17/03/2020 at 13:14:40
By the time the emergency is over in another disappointing season, the FA might as well end the season, and Everton can focus on next season's new signings with Gabriel the first one signed.
Simon Harrison
18 Posted 17/03/2020 at 19:43:08
If this is genuine, and not 'column filling inches'; then it looks like a very good deal.

I see above that people are worried about carrying Gabriel, Keane, Mina and Holgate. However, I think that due to the paucity at RB, that Mason will be put at RB, or even RCB in a trio, to allow Sidibe free rein to roam vertically and come inside where necessary.

Yes, I know, 'we' don't want Sidibe etc etc, but it is obvious that Carletto rates him, and we have a very little money to play with within the EPL P&S rules.

Additionally, if Schalke come in for J-J Kenny, anything close to £12m, and he'll be gone, with Seamus getting to see out his last year as cover for Mason.

The bright side is, that my 'contact' (and friends) at Fleetwood FC, are saying that Gibson could be the real deal and he's rated highly there. Unfortunately, Connolly has blown hot and cold, depending where he has been playing, but nobody really rates him. NB Remember that is Div 1 too...

For next season, going left to right, I'd see this as a setup

Digne/Baines LWB/LB
Gabriel LCB CB
Mina CB
Holgate/Keane RCB CB
Sidibe/Holgate/Coleman RWB/RB

So that would be £30m for Gabriel, approximately, £12m for Sidibe and hopefully £12m'ish for J-J kenny.

As an aside, it good news for Tosun that the Euros have been pushed back, and he should be able to get fit for the new dates now. I felt for the lad.

Sam Hoare
19 Posted 17/03/2020 at 21:01:01
Like the look of this lad. Quick, strong and pretty good on the ball. He’s a bit raw and will make a few mistakes but could develop into a top class defender. Bit like a left footed Holgate but much stronger and better in the air, less accurate with the ball.

I think a back 3 could make a lot of sense, especially given our lack of options in the middle. I’m not thrilled by the prospect of Sidibe or Kenny at RB next season (both are fine but have flaws) but that position may not be a priority.

More pace and athleticism through the spine will be crucial. One silver lining to the season delaying may be more game time for Gbamin; hoping him and Gomes can prove a good combination.

Mike Berry
20 Posted 20/03/2020 at 18:35:21
If he is half as good as Jimmy Gabriel he'll do for me.

Hope this means Holgate is slotted into centre midfield. Where he looked a class act.

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