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Everton 'open talks' with Santos over Soteldo

| Sunday, 22 March 2020 15comments  |  Jump to last

Everton are looking at signing Venezuelan attacking midfielder Yeferson Soteldo according to reports from Italy.

Journalist Nicolò Schira claims that the Blues have opened talks with Santos over the 22-year-old, with Football Italia reporting that the Brazilian club's president has confirmed that negotiations have been held with Everton and Inter.

“I will confirm Inter asked me for Soteldo, specifically (director of sport Piero) Ausilio in person, but he stopped when I requested €35m," Jose Carlos Peres said, but he did not specifically say that negotiations were underway with Everton, just that the Toffees had expressed an interest.

“Soteldo is a young player with sensational skills, a player who can decide games. I've received requests from all the big clubs in Brazil, he is wanted by Premier League sides like Everton, as well as many offers from Spain.

“Despite the disappointment we had with Gabigol, we still wanted to give Ausilio and Inter preferential treatment. We were ready to sit down at the table and negotiate for €20-25m, but Ausilio never got back to us."

Described as mainly a left-winger but capable of playing as a central attacking midfielder, Soteldo would, assuming there is any truth to this story, provide more competition for Bernard. The two players are similar in stature – while Bernard stands at 5' 5", Soteldo is just 5' 3".

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Robert Tressell
1 Posted 22/03/2020 at 17:19:25
This lad played in the U20 World Cup where Calvert-Lewin scored the winner in the final (i think). Was a stand out player in the tournament but is just too small (I know Messi is small but he's smaller and nowhere near as good as Messi).

President of Santos talking bollocks. But plenty of talent in South America that is good value and a good fit for the club

Steve Hogan
2 Posted 22/03/2020 at 22:31:10
No more 'short arse' players please, they disappear when playing away from home.
Alan J Thompson
3 Posted 23/03/2020 at 03:19:57
Didn't we go through this when Colin Harvey was manager, signing players of a certain height so that they fitted into the team photo?
John Cook
4 Posted 23/03/2020 at 06:14:41
Like Robert above, I remember this kid playing in the Under-20s World Cup and thought he was fantastic. He didn't let his lack of inches put him off going in tackles and his skill levels are second to none. Reminded me a bit of Bobby Collins and I would sign him in a heartbeat.
Eric Myles
5 Posted 23/03/2020 at 08:02:23
Will he get a work permit?
Michael Kenrick
6 Posted 23/03/2020 at 15:15:50
I have trouble prophesying possible transfers at the best of times but, in these 'uncharted waters' does it even make any sense to pay any attention whatsoever to this irritating clickbait?

Does anyone even know if the transfer window will open as if everything were normal, say 15 May of 1 June? Or has that been shifted off to some unknown future date also?

Derek Knox
7 Posted 23/03/2020 at 15:49:32
I tend to agree Michael, in these unprecedented times, the talk of any possible Transfer targets. Surely just a way of keeping hopes up, but totally illogical, as we don't know when the season will return to some degree of normality, let alone when any Transfer Window will occur.

Still think players should consider about the immoral amounts of money they are 'earning without producing' and follow our ex-player Steven Naismith who is donating 50% of his wages while the current situation exists. Some may well be 'out of contract' before the season restarts.

I remember when he was with us, he regularly helped the homeless both in Liverpool and Glasgow, and also enabled two homeless Evertonians to attend every home match by way of his generosity.

A good human being and genuine person, who used to drive one of the old style minis, while most of his contemporaries were in Porsches and the like at Finch Farm. I just wish there were more people like Steven in the game, but surely that is asking for too much.

Tony Everan
8 Posted 23/03/2020 at 15:55:05
Journalistic Junk food, you know you shouldn't look, you know not to read it, but if it's offered on a plate you've just got to have a nibble and then spit it out.

It's a bit of harmless fun and a distraction, and we all need a bit of that.

Niall McIlhone
9 Posted 23/03/2020 at 19:04:12
Derek. I agree about Naismith, and I would go a step further and question why we let the player go for, what, £8 million to Norwich? For me, he was no worse a player than some of those signed for tens of millions? Nace gave his all, as did Jimmy McCarthy, I think their mentality is suited to our club.

As for Soteldo, yes, I recall he did look like a "pocket rocket" in that U20 final, but England had very quick, very technical and strong players in defence and he ultimately ran out of steam. If we are looking at an attacking midfielder we need a player who can break the lines at pace, a Grealish or Oxlade type?

Joe McMahon
10 Posted 23/03/2020 at 19:41:24
Niall@ 9 I tend to agree but then he struggled to hold down a first team place at Norwich.
Niall McIlhone
11 Posted 23/03/2020 at 20:27:59
Indeed, Joe, but that team Nais joined was on the slide. I think he deserved better treatment by Everton, but I guess it's just another example of a promising player never realising his full potential at the club. He had goals in him and he also harried opposition defenders really well.

Michael has it right, any talk of transfers is click-bait. Oops, I've fallen for it!

Martin Berry
12 Posted 24/03/2020 at 12:42:59
Just because this lad is said to be "vertically challenged" it is a mistake too think he can't make it in the Premier League.

If the lad has the ability, speed and strength, his height may well be an advantage in midfield with a low centre of gravity to enable him to get away from bigger specimens.

I am open to any player that can improve our sluggish midfield and this lad could be a superstar in the making.

ps: Not making comparisons on ability but Maradona was 1.65 m – or 5'-4" in old money!

Steve Shave
13 Posted 25/03/2020 at 07:39:42
Looks tidy, not what we need, file under 'bullshit'. We have Bernard, Richy and Iwobi (?) who can play on the left, we need an RM queue my usual drum banging for Buendia. God I'm bored.
David Doran
14 Posted 25/03/2020 at 13:43:51
I remember Bobby Collins in the 60s he was 5’-3” and one of the best players on that team.
Mark Andersson
15 Posted 26/03/2020 at 10:09:07
It's good to see the humor of you guys in these mad times... thanks for making me smile..

Naismith's hat-trick against Chelsea is one of my fondest memories over the last 10 years.

Good lad and decent human... good to see that we can look at the positives in this crazy time

So both my partner and myself have lost our jobs and been dealt a double wammy of our employers being fuckwits to cover their greed...

So pardon me for not giving a flying fuck about Everton being linked with yet another over-the-top transfer rumour...

Thanks again for you ToffeeWebbers with your quick-witted and humorous responses to all threads.

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