Skip to Main Content
Members:   Log In  |  Sign Up

Chelsea to steal Gabriel from under Everton's noses

| Sunday, 29 March 2020 38comments  |  Jump to last
Chelsea have emerged as the new favourites to sign Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille just days after reports suggesting it was just a matter of time before he joined Everton.

According to Eurosport's Manu Lonjon, the Londoners have jumped ahead of the Toffees in the race to land the 22-year-old Brazilian.

On Thursday, there were reports in Italy that Everton had an agreement in place with Gabriel to sign whenever the transfer window reopens following the coronavirus crisis.

In the interim, the player himself had played down speculation he was about to leave Lille, saying that he was happy there having just signed a new contract with the French club.

Reader Comments (38)

Note: the following content is not moderated or vetted by the site owners at the time of submission. Comments are the responsibility of the poster. Disclaimer

Mark Andersson
1 Posted 29/03/2020 at 21:12:51
I hope so; then we can get that world beater Zouma back for £500 thousand.

On a series note, I get that the news outlets have nothing better to do but can we take anything seriously with the 2019 - 20 league not even finished...

John Raftery
2 Posted 29/03/2020 at 22:06:59
Mark (1)

Like you, I cannot take any of this stuff seriously. We have no end in sight for the current season and no clue as to when the next season might start.

Today the experts are talking about life not returning to normal for 6 months but there can be no certainty it will even then. Besides, with clubs so uncertain about their future revenues it seems premature for any of them to be planning transfer expenditure.

Mark Andersson
3 Posted 30/03/2020 at 01:45:02
John the experts say 6 months like they know something we don't..

Even if this so-called pandemic suddenly becomes controlled, the financial side of world trade will hit harder than the so-called virus...

Our lives have been turned upside down in the blink of an eye... with no real transparency. I'm an avid follower of David Icke and, like him, I believe there's a new world order about to take place.

Although I don't go into all his lizard people conspiracy..

When your average Premier League player was costing £30 million plus, that showed to me how out of control the game had become... not to mention the abuse of VAR.

The beautiful game has turned ugly over the last 10 years. It's no longer the working-class man's game. The players now are so removed from the reality of your average fan.

Interesting times ahead but I see no light at the end of this tunnel.

I hope Carlo will put us back where we belong. I hope the new stadium gets built, I really hope all blues have something to shout about and shed this inferiority complex.

I really hope that, in years to come, when a blue fan says "typical Everton", it means we have won... come back from the jaws of defeat. Won in the last second of the game

I hope my grandsons get to experience what I witnessed and felt in the 1980s. But, more than anything, I want to go into a derby match and have the kopites dreading the game...

Stay safe, everyone; don't be fooled... keep an open mind and question everything.

Jack Convery
4 Posted 30/03/2020 at 05:19:15
Mark - Question everything - you are so right.
Alan J Thompson
5 Posted 30/03/2020 at 05:37:06
It is being reported that various models don't show the effects of this virus reaching a peak for at least two months more and possibly longer so no need to panic just yet over who we may or may not have an interest in signing as he most certainly won't be physically joining anyone until all these restrictions are lifted.
Eugene Kearney
6 Posted 30/03/2020 at 08:40:27
Mark #3, I agree with a lot you say. I came home to Ireland from France nearly 6 years ago. I have an English friend in France and he follows David Icke a lot and he has sent me a couple of videos about Icke's take on this so-called virus. I tend to agree with him. The whole thing is blown out of proportion.

I also agree with what you say about the prices clubs have to pay for players (and the wages they have to pay them). They surely HAVE TO stop at some point – they can't just keep going up and up.

We also have to stop the "typical Everton" defeatist reaction to a bit of bad news or to a negative rumour (that may not, in fact, be true). We have to believe in Carlo and New Everton (!!) and just get behind the team and believe that we can beat anybody.

Colin Glassar
7 Posted 30/03/2020 at 08:44:11
David Icke is a lunatic. I'll say no more on the subject. If you believe in this racist madman, then we really are in the shit.
Eddie Dunn
8 Posted 30/03/2020 at 09:01:24

David Ike comes up with some interesting ideas but he is used by the mainstream to ridicule all conspiracy theories. Obviously the lizard thing is a good stick to beat him with.

I know a guy who emigrated to Canada a couple of years back, he was a big believer in the Lizards. Weirdly, he told me my blood group (totally out of the blue) which is quite a rare one. He said he was the same and he could spot people of the same one.

Lizards aside, we (the UK) have recently finished paying US financiers for the costs of fighting our Falklands War. We are still paying for various historical wars. If the average person could see the details of exactly what our National debt is made of, we would be flabbergasted.

Remember when African famine was regularly on our news. We would give countries aid, charities would raise money... Band Aid etc. After a while, some people said "Let's cancel Third World debt". This would let them all start again with a clean slate. It never happened. The hierarchy wouldn't countenance such a thing because we are all wage slaves to the hidden powerbrokers, who are our paymasters.

We are all in debt to these faceless entities who remain secret. The money, art and treasures in bank vaults in Switzerland and other places, the underwritten pledges from governments that are paid, the families that to this day receive money from our governments for loans given in crisis.

Today, the big countries will be borrowing from them, continuing the cycle. The super-super rich. The markets might be on their knees but the people, organisations, lenders will come out of all of this smelling of roses and have another excuse to continue the drain on our resources.

It will demand that we increase production, accept low pay, be grateful for survival and toe the line. Instead of the world learning that health care is worth investment, that air travel is wrecking the planet, that globalization is a mistake.

Governments will argue, that to make good all that has been lost (lost to whom?) we will have to continue to fly, to ship, to burn fossil fuels.

Better make the most of the clear skies and smog-free cities because we will be right back at it as soon as they can justify it!

Robert Tressell
9 Posted 30/03/2020 at 09:10:12
I was expecting a bit of transfer banter and have stumbled on a debate about lizard kings and a new world order. If anyone wants to inform their views of finance and economics in the context of war I recommend any number of books by Niall Ferguson. He's rather better than David Icke in my humble opinion.

Now, back to transfers perhaps...

Alan McKie
10 Posted 30/03/2020 at 10:39:55
I can't understand how any football club can contemplate transfers at this moment in time. How does any club fully know, how their finances will be after the current situation we are in, ends???

What will be the going rate for a transfer, wages, future TV deals, or how many clubs will be financially viable? Will wages and transfer fees have to be lower? Will fans be able to afford to attend games?

Hopefully it may get the scum agents, who bleed football dry, out.

Dave Williams
11 Posted 30/03/2020 at 11:34:10
Alan, I agree. Revenues will be hit, in some cases quite badly and there may be some real bargains around, especially from the lower divisions.

We really could be paying way over the odds at the moment and there are not that many great Brazilian centre-halves so whether this guy would be the answer is anyone's guess.

Look closely at Lewis Gibson – he might be ready to come through as cover.

Martin Reppion
12 Posted 30/03/2020 at 14:03:41
Eddie #8, I watched Margin Call last night and you have some points that it also tried to make. But, let's keep it real. We proles live on ale, cake and football.
We want the best players, but we want them to play for Everton because it is Everton, not because the club pays the best rates. That is not going to happen.

Occasionally, we'll get a settled, happy player who has no desire to uproot his family to London or Barcelona and will therefore stay and be great here. Until then. heads down, carry on and dream of next season.

Bill Gall
13 Posted 30/03/2020 at 15:45:34
The only positives to take from this is, if true, Everton are looking at better players instead of bargain basement players.

But, as noted, this is a time for lazy journalists to fill their columns with gossip from their local pub.

Robert Tressell
14 Posted 30/03/2020 at 16:10:20
If the journos are in their local pub they will be catching more than gossip. Actually expect a lot of transfer activity this summer as loss of income for struggling clubs will force a firesale of players.

Sad that there will be an element of exploitation / market forces about this but hopefully we'll be okay with our rich benefactor(s). Gabriel Maghaeles would be great if we could get him but a few others like him out there who are gettable.

Joe McMahon
15 Posted 30/03/2020 at 18:10:20
Sure we are looking at better players but most will want Champions League football, like we all do.
Darryl Ritchie
16 Posted 30/03/2020 at 18:15:20
I never believe anyone is going to sign with us. There are way too many variables and options, especially now.

Until a player is standing next to the manager, holding an Everton shirt in front of him, it's all conjecture.

Niall McIlhone
17 Posted 31/03/2020 at 00:43:58
Everton likely to miss out to Chelsea in two horse race for a player who will probably be loaned back if he signs for them? It used to be Spurs who played this trick. Chelsea already have at least five very good players vying for their two centre-half positions. The absurdity of it all!

Mark #1; My son is an avid follower of David Icke from afar, and of course the "lizard thing" is the totem or destroying the man' s credibility, but if you actually look at what he has to say, much of it is so compelling because we are all susceptible to be spun the most enormous of lies, and the UK and US in particular are cash cows for those exploiting "boom & bust' crisies?

Sub-prime mortgaging in the US, anyone? Predicted very eloquently by Icke.

Profiteering from Brexit thorough illegal market shenanigans anyone? Again, Icke saw it coming.

Mark Andersson
18 Posted 31/03/2020 at 00:46:58
Football became the working man's distraction from a trudged hard working life. It evolved into the beautiful game of entertainment. The players and fans had the same roots so could relate to each other.

How can I, at 60 and worked hard all my life, relate to a 19- or 20-odd year-old who earns more in a week than I can earn over a lifetime...?

YouTube 'Gordie Lad and his interview with Alan Shearer. An insight to a lost generation of what it meant to work hard as a professional footballer.

Read any bio of players from the 60s or 70s even the 80s and get an insight into what drove them on as players. The money was a bonus, the privilege was to play football because they appreciated the fans.

Alan J Thompson
19 Posted 31/03/2020 at 05:46:38
Niall (17);

Please tell me you didn't really need someone to tell you that, where money is involved, there's a lot of cheating and stealing? Money Changers in the Temple...

Yeah, let's all go back to good honest bartering where a pair of cauliflowers will get you a decent left-footed sandal.

Mike Keating
20 Posted 31/03/2020 at 11:02:24
I don't know if David Icke is a lizard or a lunatic but we are certainly being lied to – The Independent reports that, while Matt Hancock promises millions of masks are on their way, NHS staff are being gagged and threatened with disciplinary action should they dare to express opinions to the contrary.

They must think we're stupid – anyone who knows anybody working in the frontline will tell you they are not getting the equipment they need.

No tests for NHS staff to see if they might have Covid-19 but a new one on the horizon for antibodies to ensure they can go back to work.

John Graham
21 Posted 31/03/2020 at 12:36:49
Seems strange. Maybe they want to create a new formation with a team full of centre backs. They already have at least four fairly decent ones.
As mentioned before maybe we can have one or two of theirs.
Think it could be a long time before things get back to normal anyway.
Keep safe everyone
Liam Reilly
22 Posted 31/03/2020 at 14:31:43
Let them have him. Hopefully the days of paying 20M+ for average unproven players is long gone.

Difficult to talk about football at the moment, but with Moshiri and Usmanov's millions, Everton could well become a powerhouse after all the dust settles (which could be a long time away).

Niall McIlhone
23 Posted 31/03/2020 at 18:40:59
Indeed Alan. The point I guess I was trying to make is that Icke is very good at highlighting just how big and how institutionalised the stealing / cheating is. The bigger the lie, as they say?
The other point is that Icke Has made connections that were scoffed at but which later were proven to be pretty accurate. So, as you say Mike, we are getting a conveyer belt of lies about NHS resourcing, I must have a look what Mr Lizard makes of it all. He is nothing if not intruiging.
Si Cooper
24 Posted 01/04/2020 at 00:47:33
‘So-called pandemic / so-called virus' – people do know that medical experts have been predicting this for years, don't they? It's perfectly understandable if you know a bit about zoonoses, nature and evolution.

I also don't need David Icke to tell me that someone somewhere will be making good money out of calamity; that is capitalism for you. You only had to get an idea of who was backing the Leave campaign to understand that, even in what amounts to chaos and uncertainty for most of us, the money market guys will unashamedly make money, even if the rest of us have to pay for it.

Alan J Thompson
25 Posted 01/04/2020 at 06:54:58
Niall (#23);

As Si (#24) says, someone somewhere will be making money out of this calamity. I mean, you must have noticed that packets of British Sausages have gone from $6 to $8 and in some places $9 and, has your other expertise noticed any rise in bus fares?

ian guignet
26 Posted 01/04/2020 at 11:30:08
Icke isn't racist at all. Hes anti-Zionist. Not anti-Semetic.
Jay Woods
27 Posted 01/04/2020 at 18:21:11
I reject Icke's Lizardry and his thinly veiled pantheistic worldview, but he's mostly right about the general world situation. For me, this is a psyop built on a problem that's far less serious than it's being made out to be and looks like a pretext for something else... Take your pick from compulsory vaccines / implantable microchips / cashless transactions / WW3 prep.

Although I'm in Latvia and it's not locked down here (well, social distancing is in place but not much else), I still feel a sense of claustrophobia and strangely pine to be back home, despite the palpable atmos of doom and gloom, cabin fever, etc., from everyone there. I don't know how long people will tolerate being under house arrest for something with a fatality level on a par with the seasonal flu.

Tony Abrahams
28 Posted 01/04/2020 at 19:29:11
For as long as the deaths keep rapidly rising, would be my guess Jay.
Brian Williams
29 Posted 01/04/2020 at 20:18:50
Well said Tony mate.

Jay perhaps we could ask the parents of the previously perfectly healthy 13 year old boy who died yesterday from the virus, how long they think people should put up with it?

Jay Woods
30 Posted 01/04/2020 at 20:42:43
Brian, perhaps you should not presume he was perfectly healthy to begin with. Have you seen pictures of these "fit and healthy" victims? Most of them had double chins and flushed complexions, which begs the question, why is the media pretending they were "fit and healthy" and might not the media be following orders from higher powers to promote such nonsense?

The Italians have recently admitted that the vast majority - close to 100% - of those who died in Lombardy had underlying pathologies. Look it up.

Brian Williams
31 Posted 01/04/2020 at 20:55:36
Yeh its all a big conspiracy. Ffs!
Mike Gaynes
32 Posted 01/04/2020 at 21:01:13
"...something with a fatality level on a par with the seasonal flu."

It staggers me that people still actually believe this, no matter how much scientific evidence is presented.

The latest large-scale study, published this week in the medical journal The Lancet, estimated that the COVID-19 mortality rate may ultimately prove to be as low as 0.66%. Significantly lower than previous calculations from China and Italy, but still SEVEN TIMES more deadly than the seasonal flu.

And the flu doesn't send thousands of new patients flooding hospitals in a single day, causing additional deaths from the unavailability of kidney dialysis and regularly-scheduled treatments for unrelated lung diseases, cancer and heart disease.

But people are gonna believe what they wanna believe.

Michael Lynch
33 Posted 01/04/2020 at 21:07:47
Well, speaking as a shape-shifting reptillian member of the Illuminati, I'm just gutted that I can no longer control the media and the banks, what with all this lockdown stuff getting in the way. I mean, I only started this whole Covid 19 thing because the Rothschilds told me to.

By the way, have you noticed that Covid 19 has the numbers 1 and 9 in it? That's the initials of Adolf Hitler numerically. Well, almost. I mean, he was 1 and 8 so Covid 19 is like the neighbour of Hitler. Not that I'm a conspiracy nutjob in any way at all.

Anyway, that David Icke eh, what a man. We should sign him to replace Pickford.

Robert Tressell
34 Posted 01/04/2020 at 21:18:14
I'll be glad when this Maghaeles transfer is sorted one way or another. We can hopefully put the David Icke stuff to bed with it. There are other sites for conspiracy theories and undertones of anti semitism / zionism etc. This site is for (usually v good quality) football banter and comment.
Patrick McFarlane
35 Posted 01/04/2020 at 21:20:11
Michael I'm uncertain that Icke would be any better with crosses than our current keeper.

Given the extract of his profile Icke must despise Toffeweb, particularly following a defeat - all of that negative energy feeding the 'Babylonian Brotherhood' so fellow TW's consider this very carefully, before you type!

Icke believes that the universe is made up of "vibrational" energy and consists of an infinite number of dimensions that share the same space. He believes that an inter-dimensional race of reptilian beings called the Archons (or Anunnaki) have hijacked the earth and that a genetically modified human–Archon hybrid race of shape-shifting reptilians, also known as the "Babylonian Brotherhood", the Illuminati, or the 'elite', manipulate global events to keep humans in constant fear so the Archons can feed off the 'negative energy' this creates

Jay Wood

36 Posted 01/04/2020 at 23:14:28
I'm trying really hard to bite my tongue here on David Icke who has made millions on pedalling conspiracy theories which will always appeal to enough people to have some 'credence'.

He has drawn on mythical tales of the past, early religion, science fiction writings and woven them into a tapestry supporting popular evergreen conspiracy theories.

For a man who is the self-proclaimed 'Son of the Godhead' with a direct line to the 'Infinite Mind' that communicates to him in voices and automatic writing, he gets an awful lot wrong.

In 1991 - 30 years ago! - he boldly predicted the end of the world in 1997. This would be signalled by huricanes in the Gulf of Mexico and New Orleans (as if they never have them...), eruptions in Cuba, chaos in China, Los Angeles would become an island, New Zealand would disappear, and the cliffs of Kent would be underwater by Christmas.

None of it happened.

Hasn't stopped him writing scores of books, pedalling DVDs and coining it on the public speaking circuit.

It's an easy pitch. Take a crisis - any crisis - associate it to (in Icke's case) a reptilian Illumanati, throw in that the voices in your head revealed this scenario to you as their representative on earth...then sit back and count the cash as it rolls in.

Any body denying or challenging his claims is, of course, denounced as an intergalatic reptile feeding on negative vibes and misfortune.

Convenient, isn't it?

David Icke? FFS!

Mark Andersson
37 Posted 02/04/2020 at 00:15:12
Jay Woods, you have some valid points as always.

I think I started all the Icke stuff on this thread.. boredom or reptilian set in.

David Icke tells you a lot of maybe facts or fiction but never has a solution to overthrow the corrupt politicians or the human-like lizards.

Although it would make perfect sense to me if our loveable chairman turned out to be a reptilian hybrid manipulator.

We're in lockdown here in Perth and, to make matters worse, I'm stuck in bed with gout so only have ToffeeWeb for amusment...

Robert Tressell
38 Posted 04/04/2020 at 16:03:29

- James Rodriguez
- Gareth Bale
- Aaron Ramsey
- Andrea Belotti


- Bernard (Roma)
- Kenny (Arsenal)

Yawn, yawn. Is it all more bollocks?

Add Your Comments

In order to post a comment, you need to be logged in as a registered user of the site.

» Log in now

Or Sign up as a ToffeeWeb Member — it's free, takes just a few minutes and will allow you to post your comments on articles and Talking Points submissions across the site.

About these ads

© ToffeeWeb

Latest News

Subscribe to The Athletic, Get 40% off

Online Football Betting with Betway

Bet on Everton and get a deposit bonus with bet365 at

Recent Articles

Talking Points & General Forum

Pinned Links


We use cookies to enhance your experience on ToffeeWeb and to enable certain features. By using the website you are consenting to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.