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Agreement in place with Gabriel

| Thursday, 26 March 2020 28comments  |  Jump to last

Everton appear to have taken a significant step forward in their attempts to sign Gabriel from Lille but the proposed move is being held up by the coronavirus crisis.

There are suggestions out of Italy from journalist Nicolò Schira that the 22-year-old defender has agreed terms on a five-year contract and that the Blues will now seek to finalise a deal with the French club.

It has been reported that a €30m transfer is all but agreed with Lille but while Gabriel has completed an off-site medical, the deal can't be ratified until there is clarity from Uefa and the Premier League over when the transfer window will open.

The 2019-20 season is in limbo following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic with no one sure when and if matches can resume before the 30th June cut-off that was decided upon a few days ago.

The Independent are speculating that Gabriel could use the time to assess his options amid interest from the likes of Leicester and Paris Saint-Germain but Schira appears confident that the Brazilian will stick with Everton.

Update 27/3 The player himself has cooled talk of an imminent move, however, telling Globo Esporte:

“I just renewed my contract. I heard about conversations, I saw things on websites in England, but I have my head in Lille and I'm very calm to finish the season well, achieve great things next season."

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Jack Convery
1 Posted 26/03/2020 at 01:35:54
If he does as good a job as that other Gabriel we once had – Jimmy – he will do for me.
Mark Andersson
2 Posted 26/03/2020 at 01:40:44
Staying positive in these crazy times... Let's hope that who Everton buy that the team will go on to eventually bring some pride back to the blue half of the city.

Watched this video on you tube, brilliant and every one of the players interviewed were humble.

Brazil World Cup Champions 1970. This is well worth watching...

Alan J Thompson
3 Posted 26/03/2020 at 05:38:13
So he does have or has got around the work permit requirement?

Strange how some do and others don't, obviously, if you are from Brazil you are Portugese but not if you are a Belgian African.

Martin Berry
4 Posted 26/03/2020 at 08:30:11
Mark 2#
For me and for others who can remember the Brazil side of the 1970 world cup was the greatest ever. I read somewhere that they were originally party of an army team ?
An amazing set of talented players, as kids we all took their names when having a kick around.
Lets hope Gabriel is in the same mold.
Robert Tressell
5 Posted 26/03/2020 at 08:50:26
With him and a couple more in midfield we could be very good. Wonder when we'll next see us play?
Sam Hoare
6 Posted 26/03/2020 at 09:17:28
Gabriel looks a very good player to me. Would be pleased if we could tie him down as I reckon he could blossom into a top class player. He's strong, fairly quick, aniticipates well and is good at bringing the ball out of defence. He's left footed and could play the LCB role very well.

There's a good analysis here: Link

Gabriel is no slouch but id prefer someone a little bit quicker, i'd have loved Zouma or William Saliba who I think could be great for Arsenal in time. But Gabriel is probably further along in his development and I think him and Holgate or Mina could both make great partnerships. I can see Gabriel being one of Brazil's first pick CBs in a few years time.

Gary Willock
7 Posted 26/03/2020 at 09:42:35
Mina and Holgate competing on the right, Gabriel and Gibson competing for the left cb. Branthwaite and other talented u23s maybe pushing up for cover, and, for me, that’s the centre backs sorted for a while.

If we can find a buyer for Keane, and invest it (and more!) in a top quality right back to push Kenny/Coleman next year, that’s the back 4 sorted too. Left backs ok with Digne and Leighton for another year.

Just a ‘Gana’, a ‘Cahill’ and a right winger who offers a genuine goal threat (and crossing ability) now, and I think we’ll be laughing. not much to ask.

Fantasy football like (but these are boring times). COYB.

Alan McKie
8 Posted 26/03/2020 at 09:45:17
World Cup of 1970, best football tournament ever, by a country mile. Loved watching Brazil, but I always had a soft spot for Luigi Riva of Italy.

But the finest performance in a World Cup game was Florian Albert in 66 World Cup on the hallowed turf of Goodison Park.

Dave Williams
9 Posted 26/03/2020 at 10:05:51
Alan- spot on. I remember the Echo report on the game saying someone should lock the gates quickly whilst Albert was still inside. Everyone went to the game hoping to see Pele and Albert dominated. Reminded me ( from a hazy memory) a little bit of The Golden Vision.
Sam Hoare
10 Posted 26/03/2020 at 11:55:58
Gary @7,

I would hope Keane is one of our players that we could get a decent fee for. His stats are decent and he's a very good defender for teams that want to play a lower block. He's only 27 so still probably has his best years ahead of him.

I reckon that teams like Burnley, Palace, Brighton, Watford etc would consider paying £15-20m for him under normal circumstances. The trouble may be that the coronavirus will be hitting a lot of teams very heavily in their bank balances. It could be that transfer fees are a lot smaller this summer and many clubs will fall into financial difficulty with no TV matchday revenue to balance out the huge wage bills.

Robert Tressell
11 Posted 26/03/2020 at 12:05:15
There's also talk of us getting Thiago Silva on a free, having played under Ancelotti with couple of different clubs. He's the one Joey Barton described as looking like a fat ladyboy. Might allow us to sell Keane while Gibson spends another season learning his trade on loan.
Jim Hardin
12 Posted 26/03/2020 at 13:06:03

Agree with your evaluation of Keane's skills. The lack of playing next to a player as talented and as intelligent as Ben Mee has truly exposed his limitations outside the box as a defender (which were obvious to all, except presumably Everton). However, I doubt Burnley will buy him back unless Tarkowski leaves as he is at least as good as, but with a bit more pace than Keane.

Dave Abrahams
13 Posted 26/03/2020 at 13:19:42
Dave (9), Florian Albert with his blond air and silky skills reminded me of Ivor Allchurch of Swansea.
Keith Dempsey
14 Posted 26/03/2020 at 15:25:38
This has always been a curious one to me. I was only 7 in 1966 and have no recollection of the World Cup Final, but have memories of the FA Cup Final. My love affair with the Blues did not start until after the 1968 FA Cup final – I've never been able to square that circle.

It was destined to happen, I think... and then I found out years later that my dad went to school in Ireland with Johnny Carey.

Martin Reppion
15 Posted 26/03/2020 at 19:49:45
1966 memory for me is as a small lad (born Sept 62) standing in a massive crowd as the trains came past my home with blue scarves flying and everyone cheering.

Apparently the team also came back by train and the cup was being held up for people to see. I don't remember that detail.

Frankly as a 3-year-old I had no idea what the fuss was about but can remember cheering my head off with everyone else.

This is my first Everton experience and one that's been hard to beat.

Mike Doyle
16 Posted 26/03/2020 at 20:56:11
Jack 1] Never saw Jimmy Gabriel play (other than for Southampton at the end of his career) - but Mick Lyons told me Jimmy was his favourite Everton player as a youngster.
Tony Everan
17 Posted 26/03/2020 at 20:57:32
Gary 7

That”s Definitely the to do list You have come up with there.

I think they will be looking to move Keane on, Carlo will have seen enough. Gbamin will be back to add some bite to the central midfield but we definitely need another quality player in there, to challenge as a starter and cover for the inevitable injuries.

This player could be the make or break one for Carlo. When you look at the dynamic the right player can bring in that position, ie what Bruno Fernandes has done for Man Utd, it make me realise that it is a missing link for us. That one player has transformed the energy and mood at Manchester.

Walcott and Sigurdsson can also be sold and the. Only used to get a younger quality right winger. I would like Adams Traore, he looks unplayable times, but I think Everton Soares or Hirving Lozano may be enticed by Carlo.

There’s important work to do on the buying and selling front but with a bit of guile from Brands major improvement are achievable whilst staying this onside of FFP.

If we make those changes we will be a much better team next season. A young one that can improve and grow into a top four challenging one.

Eric Myles
18 Posted 27/03/2020 at 02:34:11
Sam #10, it could well be that no transfers happen at all, and for a few seasons.
Robert Tressell
19 Posted 27/03/2020 at 09:10:41
Eric, I think transfers will happen but the market will be all over the place due to market liquidity, clubs hit by loss of revenue etc. Transfer fees and wages may come down, players will be released, some clubs may go bust or stop paying the players or seek to negotiate down wages. Could therefore be a huge amount of transfer activity.
Dave Abrahams
20 Posted 28/03/2020 at 11:46:06
Tony (21) nearly every player claims to have been a boyhood Liverpool supporter, like most referees, the referees are telling the truth and prove it nearly every fuckin’ week.
Sam Hoare
21 Posted 29/03/2020 at 09:45:27
Rumours that Chelsea have stolen a march on Gabriel. If they really want him it will be hard to match their financial package.

If that happens would Zouma be available? I'd still be happy to have him, he's fast, tremendous in the air and very hard to dribble around; he even made Michael Keane look good! Though Carlo may want a left-footed centre-back. Other left-footed, pacey centre-backs might include Zagadou, Ndicka, Salisu or Kimpembe.

Paul Richards
22 Posted 29/03/2020 at 11:34:18
Just seems really odd – even obscene – that Everton are supposedly pressing ahead with this transfer nonsense.

In reality, most of it is coming from these utterly shite clickbait websites who spout this crap on a daily basis – just astounding that they seem unfazed by the current crisis that could see the entire transfer window binned.

Apparently, the utterly shite Red Echo (holy fuck, I absolutely hate their 'journalism') now claims that Everton are 'holding off' this deal after other 'sauces' state that an offer of €30M has actually been made.

Honestly, jack it in, please. I understand that, in normal times, a topic such as this would be uber-popular to discuss and ponder, but maybe ToffeeWeb should institute its own moratorium on these highly spurious and morally offensive Rumour Mill stories until there is a little more clarity moving forward?

Clive Rogers
23 Posted 29/03/2020 at 11:53:18
Paul 22, that would be a red sauce then.
Michael Kenrick
24 Posted 29/03/2020 at 12:19:02
I'm puzzled by some of this transfer talk. Chelsea now in the driving seat for Gabriel, based on a Tweet from somebody!

And he would supposedly become Chelsea's second transfer... eh? What did I miss? Has the transfer window opened already? Yes, back in February, it seems, when Ajax's Hakim Ziyech transfer was announced – on the Premier League website, no less – as having signed for Chelsea. In February! Okay he won't move until the summer... but even so!

Sorry, I guess I don't follow this as closely as I should, but can someone explain how that works? I understand about pre-contract agreements being allowed from January for players in other countries whose contracts are expiring. But Ajax claim they have pocketed (will pocket?) a cool €40M in the deal.

According to TransfrMarkt, his current contract at Ajax does not expire for another two years. So how come this deal can be done now? I see from the ESPN website that it won't be official until 1 July but, even so, I thought the whole point of a Transfer Window was that transfers outside of the window did not happen.

Rob Young
25 Posted 29/03/2020 at 12:59:09
The Echo go back and forth depending on whatever tweet they can find.

Do they actually do any real journalism there and chase there own stories?

Mal van Schaick
26 Posted 29/03/2020 at 14:16:20
I hope that we have learned lessons from previous signings and at last buy long-term quality instead of long-term rubbish. I'm sure Ancellotti has more experience than previous managers and will insist on proven quality instead of a best guess, next best thing.
Sam Hoare
27 Posted 29/03/2020 at 14:34:02
Michael @24 as far as I know, there is nothing at all to stop clubs agreeing to future transfers that will go through on opening of the transfer window.

This is not hugely popular for selling clubs as it would obviously seem to de-focus the players but legally there is nothing to prevent it and it does happen from time to time, usually with clubs who are prepared to pay a little over the odds.

Chris Williams
28 Posted 29/03/2020 at 14:51:25
Isn't it something to do with a player being able to sign a pre-contract agreement with an overseas club as they approach the end of their contract?

In this case it might be that Chelsea were under a transfer embargo in January?

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