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Everton keen on Belotti

| Tuesday, 14 April 2020 30comments  |  Jump to last
Everton are being linked with a big-money move for Italian hotshot Andre Belotti according to reports in his home country.

A suggestion over the weekend had it that the Blues had already lodged a bid of around €45m with Torino that was knocked back but Tuttosport are now claiming that a new bid is being prepared.

Belotti, 26, had scored 15 goals this season before the Serie A campaign was suspended as Covid-19 gripped Italy, taking his tally to 72 league goals in 162 games for Torino.

According to the report, Torino are keen to keep hold of the Italian international but he is contemplating leaving the club after five years.

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Martin Reppion
1 Posted 14/04/2020 at 09:58:18
Stop me if you've heard this before... No sport to report on. So the media have to write something.

We have no idea if or when there will be a transfer window. We have no idea how much money will be in anybody's pot.

Any half-decent Italian is being linked with us because of our manager. But frankly, it's all bull until we start getting some sort of normality back.

Keep safe, guys.

Dave Abrahams
2 Posted 14/04/2020 at 10:03:23
Martin (1), when you started your post, I thought you were going to tell us a joke!! You just spoke a lot of sense instead.
Paul Hewitt
3 Posted 14/04/2020 at 10:08:29
I wouldn't believe any transfer story at the moment.
Len Hawkins
4 Posted 14/04/2020 at 10:28:35
Dave, jokes are out, I posted a joke to brighten things up the other day but it was deleted.

So not only are we not allowed out, we are not allowed to cheer each other up.

Tony Everan
5 Posted 14/04/2020 at 10:30:21
There's nothing to stop Marcel Brands doing a bit of preparatory work for next season. He will be having some low-key conversations with players and agents who Carlo would consider signing.

As Martin above says, there is nothing else for the million sports media outlets to talk about so they resort to conjecture. The good the bad and mostly ugly. It's to be taken with a bucket of salt.

I think whoever we sign will be largely counter-balanced by who we sell. I cannot see a spending splurge at all, in the main it will be one out and one in. Constructive wheeler-dealing to strengthen and balance the squad where necessary, with a minimal positive outlay.

Tony Everan
6 Posted 14/04/2020 at 10:35:42
Len, there's a few half-decent ones that will make you laugh on my “Covid-19 Free” thread on ‘Talking Points'.

Your joke may be safe there!

Derek Knox
7 Posted 14/04/2020 at 11:32:21
Martin @1,

I'll have to stop you there...….. ooops, too late, I see! :-)

Seriously though, it does seem illogical talking about the possibility of future Transfers when we don't know whether the season will finish, be re-started later, or scrapped altogether, let alone be discussing who may go or who may come in.

In all fairness to the Editors, rather than leave old news on TW, maybe they see it as a diversity from the mundanity of our collective situations at present, and in doing so, also attach hope that things may get back to whatever normal will be.

Charles Brewer
8 Posted 14/04/2020 at 11:57:55
At the current rate, we shouldn't be signing any player above the age of 12, and definitely no-one who might have to travel across an international border.

Actually, maybe we should only be signing Scouse kids...

Robert Tressell
9 Posted 14/04/2020 at 13:53:43
I expect there's all manner of deals being lined up - hard up and highly leveraged clubs will be struggling to make ends meet. There could be a lot of business done in firesale conditions. Optimistic that we'll be the beneficiaries of this but will still need to shift some of our crap.

As for Belotti, he's scored consistently for a few seasons now in a quality league. Most others in that bracket are playing for big clubs / Champions League and are out of our reach. So it's sort of tempting but:

● 26, dwindling resale value

● Would Man Utd, Spurs, Chelsea, or Arsenal buy him? I have my doubts... (He's got more of a West Ham kind of vibe.)

● Is he really that much better than Calvert-Lewin is now? (Goals per game quite similar and Calvert-Lewin improving all the time.)

● Where does that leave Kean? (Who I have faith in provided we sort the midfield out.)

So ultimately I think it's better to focus on recruits for the midfield to create the chances for the good forwards we have.

Derek Knox
10 Posted 14/04/2020 at 14:15:43
Robert @9, good points there, you make although I would be very wary of 'firesale conditions' we have had enough fire/smoke/flood damaged goods to last us a lifetime.

Thing is, we didn't pay firesale/damaged stock prices either, but as you imply many Clubs will be struggling on resumption of normality. (whatever/whenever that will be)

Maybe, just maybe, we will be able to secure a couple of real bargains, as opposed to what we have generally done historically.

Sam Hoare
11 Posted 14/04/2020 at 15:13:33
I'd be very surprised if we spent serious money on a striker this summer. We have Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison, who were forming a very potent partnership, with Kean in reserve, and the likes of Gordon and Simms in the wings too.

Central midfield, right-wing and centre-back are far bigger concerns. Right-back too.

I think the only way there is any truth in rumours of a new striker is if Carlo plans to play Richarlison on the right wing.

Martin Reppion
12 Posted 14/04/2020 at 17:14:27
Dave #2, Just for you then:

I saw a bloke in Tesco today. In his trolley he had 5 crates of San Miguel, 4 paellas, 6 links of Chorizo, 4 jars of jalapenos and a Pignata. I thought to myself... Hispanic buying.

Robert Tressell
13 Posted 14/04/2020 at 18:52:18
Martin - excellent work. 👍
Chris Williams
14 Posted 14/04/2020 at 18:57:46

Very funny, mate.

Joe McMahon
15 Posted 14/04/2020 at 19:14:33
Martin, I thought you were quoting a Smiths song. (A very good one).

Carlo may be a pull, if Everton persuade him away from CL. I'd rather we work with Calvert-Lewin and Kean though.

Dave Abrahams
16 Posted 14/04/2020 at 19:37:03
Martin (12), thanks, very good that.
David Currie
17 Posted 14/04/2020 at 22:40:53
Martin, Very good and here is one more:

A man goes into a Chinese restaurant: “Waiter, I am reading a book on Chinese history and wondered if there was such a thing as Chinese Jews?"

Waiter says, "I don't know, will ask manager ok?"

Waiter comes back and says, "We have Orange juice or Tomato juice."

Martin Reppion
18 Posted 14/04/2020 at 23:49:56
David… your coat, Sir!

(Actually, I like that one)

Mike Gaynes
19 Posted 15/04/2020 at 04:47:47
Actually, David, your coat is already waiting for you outside.
Michael Kenrick
20 Posted 15/04/2020 at 09:42:07
Hi Len (#4),

I don't recall deleting any jokes of yours... Are you thinking of the rather tasty one at #25 on the previous Gomes thread? I probably shouldn't draw attention to it as no doubt some snowflakes somewhere will be offended by it.

Carry On!

Michael Kenrick
Editorial Team
21 Posted 15/04/2020 at 10:02:30
I have the same feeling as many when reading these transfer rumours: complete tosh.

I used to put every one of them up on here as I was curious how many might have even a grain of truth. It didn't take long to see that between 95 and 99% of the stories were utter rubbish – at least they never came to anything.

But I guess that's the literal realist in me looking for accuracy in an era way before 'fake news' crippled our critical faculties. And the flipside of this reality is the absolutely huge interest by so many of our readers in these Rumour Mill threads. I assume that is still true in the current crisis, even though I would believe our daily readership numbers are significantly down on normal times.

And there's always that nagging possibility that the club are in fact still working actively to identify and negotiate pre-contracts with future players, even while there are apparently 'more important' concerns to worry about. (Have we not heard of multi-tasking, people? A large portion of businesses could go on, with full physical distancing in place, which is where I think the government is scoring a painful own-goal by bringing unnecessary damage to the economy... but I digress!)

So that leaves us at TW with a challenge: do we simply ignore this transfer nonsense for all the very valid reasons provided? Or do we look carefully through the plethora of transfer clickbait rubbish to pick out ones from sources that we know in the past have some credibility? We can't be certain such a process is foolproof, but I believe that's what Lyndon is doing with the relatively rare and selective reports he is putting up.

Dave Abrahams
22 Posted 15/04/2020 at 10:13:18
David (17), I thought that was very good.

Here's another one:

A Jewish gentleman got run over and a lady came out of a shop and lifted his head up and put a cushion down and put his head back on it and said to him, “Are you comfortable?”

He looked up, shrugged and replied, “Well, I make a living.”

Mike (19). Alright, I know, I've already got it.

Tony Abrahams
23 Posted 15/04/2020 at 10:39:50
Good post, Michael. Of course, life will be going on in the corridors of every ambitious football club. I'm sure a lot of players will transfer between clubs once football and then the transfer window opens.

It's the pathetic nature of the wages and massive price-tags that some journalists still peddle, that is hard to fathom. Pure ridiculous sensationalism, that will only help to turn more people off football imo. I can't believe the journalists who continue to tell us such drivel can't even begin to see this?

Tony Everan
24 Posted 15/04/2020 at 10:43:04
Michael 21,

I think most of us take the rumours with a pinch of salt but it is a bit of lighthearted fun and they invariably promote Interesting debate and discussion. If a particular player is linked, it can start a discussion about a player in that position is not needed (like Belotti) and a top-quality central midfielder or left-footed centre-back is who we should be after as the priority.

So, even if the rumour turns out to be spurious, it still can inspire some good analysis of how we need to improve the team.

I think Lyndon has the balance just right.

Carl Manning
25 Posted 16/04/2020 at 16:44:38
Look at his record for Torino. He only scores penalties. His record from open play is abysmal
Gavin Johnson
26 Posted 16/04/2020 at 22:30:32
Bolletti is a player I wanted us to buy after we sold Lukaku. He would be a coup if we signed him. He's also a leader and has been Torino's captain for a few years now. I'd be very happy if sold Kean and replaced him with Bolletti. Unlike Kean, I see him ready to hit the ground running.

We would then have three quality players vying to play in the two centre-forward positions. I'd also be happy playing Richarlison back on the left or right if Bolletti and Calvert-Lewin were in a rich vein of form. I'll keep my fingers crossed this one happens.

Carl Manning
27 Posted 17/04/2020 at 10:13:22
He averages 12 goals a Season and over 65% are penalties. How can anybody possibly want us to sign him at the figures quoted? He’s an Italian international due to Italy having a dearth of top class strikers for the first time in generations. Nothing to remotely suggest getting excited about. Massive no. Would be a huge waste of money.
Gavin Johnson
28 Posted 17/04/2020 at 15:50:04
Carl, he's 26 years old and scored 130 league goals throughout his career, not including international goals. He nearly has a 1 in 2 goal ratio. Out of 130 goals, 24 have been penalties.

Now I'm shite at Maths at my own admission but even I know that 65% of his goals aren't penalties. Around 1 goal in every 5 is a penalty.

He also does a lot more than score goals. He is very good at holding the ball and is strong and pacey. While my waxing lyrical may seem OTT, he's also a lot better than you think.

Gavin Johnson
29 Posted 17/04/2020 at 16:02:48
Sorry, Carl, I meant to say 130 club goals throughout his career.
Carl Manning
30 Posted 18/04/2020 at 10:24:45
Gavin. A portion of those goals were in Série B!

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