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Grealish joins familiar duo as rumoured target

| Friday, 10 April 2020 29comments  |  Jump to last
Jack Grealish is the latest name to be linked with Everton, as reports of the Blues' interest in James Rodriguez and Everton Soares resurface.

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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Bob Parrington
1 Posted 10/04/2020 at 08:19:30
Hey Lyndon, Firstly, I'd like to thank you, Michael and the others writing articles on here. With there being no football taking place just now this is a great lifeline which, I am sure, is making long term distant friendships on TW during this period of isolation.

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.

Joe McMahon
2 Posted 10/04/2020 at 08:20:39
Me thinks he will be going to either United or Liverpool.
Martin Nicholls
3 Posted 10/04/2020 at 08:24:17
Joe#2 - never mind Liverpool or United, he should be going to jail after his antics the other week!
Steve Shave
4 Posted 10/04/2020 at 08:41:57
Would be an amazing signing, he is destined for bigger things however. I love the idea of us going for Allan (obvious Carlo links) but what do people think of an approach for free agent Mario Gotze? It would be a massive risk but think of the dosh we could save and use to strengthen other areas. Personally I think this is the area we need to get completely right so for me we should go all out for Allan.
Brian Williams
5 Posted 10/04/2020 at 08:48:50
Said ages ago Grealish would be a great signing for us and still believe that (despite his recent antics) but he's way out of our price range now.
Mike Allison
6 Posted 10/04/2020 at 09:07:04
Grealish is still a bit of a bellend I’m afraid, a good player, but one to be avoided. At the price he’ll now fetch, he’s much more likely to be a liability than an asset.

Also, our formation under Carlo doesn’t really have a Grealish position, so this rumour fails for me on many, many levels.

Martin Nicholls
7 Posted 10/04/2020 at 09:42:43
Brian W#5 - have emailed you about Teddy Brian. Could have gone to junk if not in your inbox
Pat Kelly
8 Posted 10/04/2020 at 09:54:55
Grealish, surely not. He's always liable to get caught out. In his dressing gown and slippers. Leave the prat where he is.
David Thomas
9 Posted 10/04/2020 at 10:23:20
Grealish has proven to be a idiot with his antics over the last few weeks.

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.

Robert Tressell
10 Posted 10/04/2020 at 10:27:36
Nice to be linked with quality. Likely to be a very unusual transfer market. We've all commented at length on Everton Soares and Rodriguez before. What we really need is a combination of the two - pace / dynamism of Everton with the left foot of Rodriguez. Someone like Malcom who we seem to try and fail to buy every summer. Grealish is extremely talented but probs a bit beyond us as a signing. Let him go to Liverpool where he can fit in with racists, biters, spitters and the like.
Paul Birmingham
11 Posted 10/04/2020 at 10:39:06
Plenty of time to think, but I don’t see Grealish com8ng but what do I know.

His temperament may be in question but he’s 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.

Paul Jones
12 Posted 10/04/2020 at 12:21:46
Given his lack of self discipline for Everton he is one to be avoided because very quickly could become unsellable.
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.
Ian Bennett
13 Posted 10/04/2020 at 13:23:09
We should of signed him after he ripped Liverpool apart in the cup years ago.

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.

Conor McCourt
14 Posted 10/04/2020 at 13:25:04
This is no doubt media drivel but were there to be any substance this would be a signing I have longed for the club to make.

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.

Christy Ring
15 Posted 10/04/2020 at 13:25:13
He'd be a super signing, better than Maddison in my opinion, but can't see it happening.
Tony Everan
16 Posted 10/04/2020 at 14:42:57
The talent is there for all to see and he is a player people will pay to watch. Also he is young and has his best years ahead of him. He will want to move to one of the Sky 6 though and champions League football. Mentioning our name insinuates more demand, his agents will be using this type of publicity trying to get subtle offers in for him so he can choose his destination.
Robert Tressell
17 Posted 10/04/2020 at 15:30:18
I sort of agree, Conor. I'm only being scornful because he would surely only leave Aston Villa for Man Utd, Liverpool etc. We won't be in the frame.

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.

Andrew Brookfield
18 Posted 10/04/2020 at 15:46:06
Good player, but where would he fit in Carlo's 4-4-2?

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...

Ed Prytherch
19 Posted 10/04/2020 at 18:05:06
Maybe his antics will help keep his price down, then it depends if Carlo thinks he can mature him. Remember the deal that West Ham got with Di Canio.
Simon Dalzell
20 Posted 10/04/2020 at 19:13:01
According to a story coming from A Bola, we are interested in Corona.
David Thomas
21 Posted 10/04/2020 at 23:30:29
Andrew, he would play in the middle of the park. He is very strong and has a great engine on him. He is exactly the type of signing this club needs to make. Unfortunately, like the Zaha deal last year, the chances of it happening are virtually zero.

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.

Dave Abrahams
22 Posted 11/04/2020 at 12:06:51
I don't think there is much doubt about the player's natural ability and as such he would be a good asset to the team. It's his failure taking time to come to maturity as a man that is the worry and might take clubs doubtful of signing him, especially for the huge price he would cost.

I still think there will be three or four top clubs willing to give him the opportunity which will rule Everton out.

Carl Manning
23 Posted 12/04/2020 at 17:01:44
Only Everton fans would argue against signing Grealish. He would walk into the team and finally give Gomes somebody on his level and wavelength to play with.
Ray Roche
24 Posted 12/04/2020 at 17:10:33
All this paper talk is ridiculous. In the present financial climate, clubs aren't going to spend £70M - £80M on players. Some clubs will be happy to still exist, never mind spending that much money on one player.

Paper talk, bin fodder.

Ray Robinson
25 Posted 12/04/2020 at 18:01:03
Totally agree, Ray.

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.

Ray Roche
26 Posted 12/04/2020 at 18:26:07
Yes, Ray, the recent transfer “values” have been unsustainable, even for Man City with FFP regulations to contend with. So average clubs like us, with record losses, are not going to be paying big bucks for anyone anytime soon.
Sam Hoare
27 Posted 13/04/2020 at 09:28:57
Grealish would be superb for us, he can carry the ball through the middle and orchestrate play in the way that Gomes should but doesn't. He won't come to us; he will go to United or Liverpool or Arsenal for £50-£60m. I wonder if Buendia could do a similar job for half the price; very good player.

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.

Ed Fitzgerald
28 Posted 13/04/2020 at 10:29:18
I would pass on Grealish, he is vastly overrated and spends half of his time hitting the deck when an opponent breathes on him. He is also a liability off the pitch and is an absolute knobhead.

Maddison is a far better player – more consistent and disciplined – not that we will get either of them.

Tony Abrahams
29 Posted 13/04/2020 at 10:48:50
Just put it on “The Esk's” thread, Ray@25, but I think Man Utd might come out of this in a worse state than most clubs initially, because of how much money the Glaziers must owe the banks.

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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