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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1 Posted 26/03/2020 at 01:35:54
2 Posted 26/03/2020 at 01:40:44
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...
3 Posted 26/03/2020 at 05:38:13
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.
4 Posted 26/03/2020 at 08:30:11
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.
5 Posted 26/03/2020 at 08:50:26
6 Posted 26/03/2020 at 09:17:28
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.
7 Posted 26/03/2020 at 09:42:35
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, thats 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 well be laughing. not much to ask.
Fantasy football like (but these are boring times). COYB.
8 Posted 26/03/2020 at 09:45:17
But the finest performance in a World Cup game was Florian Albert in 66 World Cup on the hallowed turf of Goodison Park.
9 Posted 26/03/2020 at 10:05:51
10 Posted 26/03/2020 at 11:55:58
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.
11 Posted 26/03/2020 at 12:05:15
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.
13 Posted 26/03/2020 at 13:19:42
14 Posted 26/03/2020 at 15:25:38
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.
15 Posted 26/03/2020 at 19:49:45
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.
16 Posted 26/03/2020 at 20:56:11
17 Posted 26/03/2020 at 20:57:32
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.
Theres 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.
18 Posted 27/03/2020 at 02:34:11
19 Posted 27/03/2020 at 09:10:41
20 Posted 28/03/2020 at 11:46:06
21 Posted 29/03/2020 at 09:45:27
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.
22 Posted 29/03/2020 at 11:34:18
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?
23 Posted 29/03/2020 at 11:53:18
24 Posted 29/03/2020 at 12:19:02
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.
25 Posted 29/03/2020 at 12:59:09
Do they actually do any real journalism there and chase there own stories?
26 Posted 29/03/2020 at 14:16:20
27 Posted 29/03/2020 at 14:34:02
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.
28 Posted 29/03/2020 at 14:51:25
In this case it might be that Chelsea were under a transfer embargo in January?
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