In a rumour that appears to have started with Football Insider, a gossip website that is being lent an undeserved amount of credence for its transfer stories, Marcel Brands has supposedly made Aston Villa's marquee man a top target for the summer... or whenever the transfer market will reopen following the coronavirus crisis.
Grealish, who is not expected to remain at Villa for much longer, has most commonly been linked with a move to Manchester United but Goodison Park is now being mooted as a possible destination for him.
Meanwhile, Rodriguez is again being talked about in terms of moving to the Premier League and his past association with Carlo Ancelotti makes Everton a natural link where the Colombian is concerned.
It's worth mentioning that Ancelotti effectively rubbished talk of signing Rodriguez when he was a reported Toffees target in January, saying that all the players mentioned in the media – James one of them, obviously – were wrong.
He has also said that it was not going to be Everton's general modus operandi to sign established stars but rather develop their own and Rodriguez, who is due to return to Real Madrid after two years on loan at Bayern Munich, would very much fall into the former category.
Then there is the Soares talk that has cropped again, with Ancelotti reportedly asking his superiors to make the deal happen. The Brazilian is an international team-mate of Richarlison and has long been linked with his namesake club but it remains to be seen if there is anything to this.
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1 Posted 10/04/2020 at 08:19:30
In the case of the potential signings, there is a lot of water still to flow under the bridge before we can add any credulity to them. All three are worth consideration, I've watched Grealish and the guy has composure and talent. Sometimes he gets caught with the ball and Villa is then under pressure but, possibly, he's caught because none of his team mates is moving in to a position to receive the ball.
Stay safe, keep well.
2 Posted 10/04/2020 at 08:20:39
3 Posted 10/04/2020 at 08:24:17
4 Posted 10/04/2020 at 08:41:57
5 Posted 10/04/2020 at 08:48:50
6 Posted 10/04/2020 at 09:07:04
Also, our formation under Carlo doesnt really have a Grealish position, so this rumour fails for me on many, many levels.
7 Posted 10/04/2020 at 09:42:43
8 Posted 10/04/2020 at 09:54:55
9 Posted 10/04/2020 at 10:23:20
However, based on just his football he is exactly the type of player we should be signing if we want the club to move forward.
He would walk into our midfield and instantly make it better.
10 Posted 10/04/2020 at 10:27:36
11 Posted 10/04/2020 at 10:39:06
His temperament may be in question but hes a good engine and hopefully if we can get Malcolm or similar, it should a more dynamic fast flowing team.
All stay safe and well, and Happy Easter to TWrs.
12 Posted 10/04/2020 at 12:21:46
Liverpool and Manchester United seem to recoup most of their money for expensive buys that don't work out for non football reasons.
We don't and you don't have to look to far back.
13 Posted 10/04/2020 at 13:23:09
Villa were in the championship, and instead we signed Bolasie for 3 times the fee and wages.
The players are out there, you just need to look.
14 Posted 10/04/2020 at 13:25:04
I cannot believe the attitude to some of our fans who have watched us sign mercenaries, rubbish, aged and gambles year on year yet they don't want a player with the perfect profile and make nonsense excuses.
Jack is brave, ballsy, talented, two footed, versatile,arrogant, skilful, assists, scores, great work ethic, great leadership, iconic, brilliant age, knows the league, did it the hard way and has the desire and a point to prove similar to the likes of Mane and De Bruyne a few years back. He is as bombproof a signing as you are going to get and will still be less than double what we paid for Iwobi.
15 Posted 10/04/2020 at 13:25:13
16 Posted 10/04/2020 at 14:42:57
17 Posted 10/04/2020 at 15:30:18
I can however see us picking up a bargain from overseas as Juve, Real etc trim down their wage bills. The Bale, Ramsey, Rodriguez rumours are the start.
I could genuinely see the likes of Rabiot, Asensio even Coutinho at Goodison next season whenever that is. The transfer fees could be startlingly low as the selling clubs try to get the wages off the books.
18 Posted 10/04/2020 at 15:46:06
He's not strong enough to be a box-to-box midfielder, and he'd be wasted on the wing.
I guess if we are playing one pace winger (Walcott) and one fake winger, who comes inside to play No 10 (Iwobi/Bernard) he could play that – but there are a lot more positions that need addressing first...
19 Posted 10/04/2020 at 18:05:06
20 Posted 10/04/2020 at 19:13:01
21 Posted 10/04/2020 at 23:30:29
However, I would rather buy one or two players if this quality each summer than go and buy 5 or 6 bang average players like we have done in previous windows ie Iwobi, Walcott, Tosun, Keane, Klaassen, Bolasie, Williams, Sandro, Mina, Martina and Sidibé etc etc.
22 Posted 11/04/2020 at 12:06:51
I still think there will be three or four top clubs willing to give him the opportunity which will rule Everton out.
23 Posted 12/04/2020 at 17:01:44
24 Posted 12/04/2020 at 17:10:33
Paper talk, bin fodder.
25 Posted 12/04/2020 at 18:01:03
The "rumour" today is that Man Utd are willing to pay £200M for Kane!
Never going to happen. I can foresee fire sales at some clubs – even the "bigger" ones.
26 Posted 12/04/2020 at 18:26:07
27 Posted 13/04/2020 at 09:28:57
Rodriguez I fear would not be well suited to the PL. He's like a superior version of Sigurdsson; wonderful technique and brain but lacks the engine and athleticism to dominate in the fastest league I suspect. We are already so slow in the middle, though if fit he would certainly do a few things to get people on their feet. Seems unlikely as Brands seeks to trim the wage bill.
Everton Soares is very good but primarily a left winger. He's 24 now which is old for players making their first move from Brazil. Bringing him over to play mainly on the opposite flank would be a big risk but maybe if the price was right. There are many other good, young right wingers out there.
I'm not convinced there is any truth in any of these moves. None seem the right fit to me for different reasons.
28 Posted 13/04/2020 at 10:29:18
Maddison is a far better player – more consistent and disciplined – not that we will get either of them.
29 Posted 13/04/2020 at 10:48:50
Without knowing too much about the finances behind the deal, it seemed very similar to Hicks & Gillette's at Liverpool, which ran into trouble because their investment wasn't generating enough money to pay the banks.
Maddison is disciplined? Tells me everything that is wrong with football, with regards cheating being acceptable imo, Ed.
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