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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1 Posted 22/03/2020 at 17:19:25
President of Santos talking bollocks. But plenty of talent in South America that is good value and a good fit for the club
2 Posted 22/03/2020 at 22:31:10
3 Posted 23/03/2020 at 03:19:57
4 Posted 23/03/2020 at 06:14:41
5 Posted 23/03/2020 at 08:02:23
6 Posted 23/03/2020 at 15:15:50
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?
7 Posted 23/03/2020 at 15:49:32
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.
8 Posted 23/03/2020 at 15:55:05
It's a bit of harmless fun and a distraction, and we all need a bit of that.
9 Posted 23/03/2020 at 19:04:12
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?
10 Posted 23/03/2020 at 19:41:24
11 Posted 23/03/2020 at 20:27:59
Michael has it right, any talk of transfers is click-bait. Oops, I've fallen for it!
12 Posted 24/03/2020 at 12:42:59
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!
13 Posted 25/03/2020 at 07:39:42
14 Posted 25/03/2020 at 13:43:51
15 Posted 26/03/2020 at 10:09:07
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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