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Everton 'confident' of landing Gabriel

| Thursday, 16 April 2020 42comments  |  Jump to last
Everton expect to be able to add defender Gabriel Magalhães to their squad this summer according to reports.

Andy Hunter of The Guardian and Dominic King of the Daily Mail both say that the Blues have made progress in their negotiations with Lille and are confident of wrapping up the acquisition of the Brazilian whenever the current season ends and the transfer window opens.

Reports in Italy have maintained that Gabriel had been offered a five-year deal last month and agreed personal terms with Everton and that all that remained was the conclusion of a deal with his current club.

Hunter indicates that a fee of around £30m has been struck with Lille for the 23-year-old while King pegs the price at "more than £25m".

Everton are known to have scouted Gabriel extensively but looked to have missed out on his services when reports emerged that Chelsea had nipped in ahead of them to sign him.

Nothing substantive has come from that speculation and it now appears as though the Toffees are back in pole position.

Original Source: The Guardian  

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Minik Hansen
1 Posted 16/04/2020 at 22:29:31
I wonder who we ship out; at least we keep Holgate and he is English, you have to have a certain amount of British players in the squad, right? I reckon Keane will be gone. Mina needs another season to completely settle, I'm still believing in him. But if we get someone like a right-footed young Distin ready from the bench, that'd do.
Gavin Johnson
2 Posted 16/04/2020 at 22:34:13
Yes Minik, Keane will be the odd man out. Don't be surprised if Keane is shipped out to a club like Newcastle and Lewis Gibson comes back as the back up left-sided centre-back to Gabriel. Mina and Holgate will be the right-sided pair. Fingers crossed we beat the competition and Gabriel becomes Ancelotti's first signing.
Derek Knox
3 Posted 17/04/2020 at 07:48:56
At a time when there is no date for anything to return to normal, let alone the season to resume, I still live in hope with an optimism that a few more weeks should see something happening in terms of recovery.

I do hope there is some mileage in this, as there is a definite need to bolster central defence, come to some arrangement at right-back, and get a couple of midfielders.

Apart from the 'Out of Contracts', we need to ship a few out, but I can envisage that, because of this hiatus, many Clubs will be hit financially and not have the necessary funds to spend on imports.

Colin Glassar
4 Posted 17/04/2020 at 08:39:46
What is Marcel Brands's job exactly? Isn't he supposed to be finding these young players (bought for peanuts) before they are developed and sold on for exorbitant prices? Is he just a glorified Elstone because his scouting of uncovered gems seems to be nonexistent.
Richard Brejsa
5 Posted 17/04/2020 at 08:56:03
Minik Hansen: I wouldn't be surprised if Keane stays and we'd have four center-backs after the arrival of Gabriel. It's reasonable for a competing team in the Premier League to have four centre-backs, moreover we'll be able to play the 5-3-2 formation more often and Gibson can go out on loan to Championship for a full season to play regularly.
Sam Hoare
6 Posted 17/04/2020 at 09:08:05
Colin @4,

Brands's job has been mainly to get the first team into the state it needs to be. That was a huge ask after some frankly horrific recruitment by the likes of Walsh, Koeman and Allardyce.

The process will likely take another year or two as we wait for contracts for Schneiderlin, Sandro, Sigurdsson, Bolasie etc to come to an end.

Once the first team is more settled and with less glaring holes, then he can perhaps take some more risks by bringing in younger 'gems' to occupy squad places and challenge the established first team.

Sam Hoare
7 Posted 17/04/2020 at 09:11:59
Minik @5,

I hope that Gavin is right.

Keane is a good defender in a team that plays a low block and we may be able to sell him for decent money to Newcastle, Burnley, Palace, Brighton etc. He does not fit our current style and never has; he was a poor buy for that reason. We should sell before his value plummets more.

Gabriel is a very good defender (or at least was last season in France), he will play left centre-back with either Mina or Holgate on the right depending on whether we are defending against speed or size I should think. Gibson or Feeney can be fourth choice with Gbamin able to play there also.

Conor McCourt
8 Posted 17/04/2020 at 09:13:46
Apparently he is a sledgehammer of a defender!!!
Colin Glassar
9 Posted 17/04/2020 at 09:16:39
Hope you're right, Sam. For years, I've criticised our recruiting policy as we seem to let other clubs develop young players and then sell them for huge amounts. We need to be more proactive and aggressive in scouring the world for talent.
Sam Hoare
10 Posted 17/04/2020 at 09:20:22
Colin, I think a lot of Premier League clubs are risk-averse and prefer players who have established themselves to some degree in other leagues. But I also think Brands will be in a better position to bring in those young players when the first team feels more settled and solid.
Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
11 Posted 17/04/2020 at 09:33:25
Derek #3

Out of contracts this summer - Niasse, Stekelenburg, Baines, Martina, plus Tarashaj and Garbutt, who are out on loan, plus 11 from the U23s.

Not sure there are going to be many savings there.

Tony Everan
12 Posted 17/04/2020 at 09:45:03
This is really good news for the club if it comes to fruition. I would say the top-class defensive midfielder is priority No 1. The left-sided central defender is not far behind that. Then the right-back position. I am not sure Ancelotti trusts Jonjoe Kenny is ready. The French right-back (I can't remember his name) who keeps on being rumoured may be able to be signed for not too big a fee.

There is talk of wheeler-dealing involving Moise Kean... him being traded for an older more experienced striker. The 30-year-old Immobile is being mentioned. Kean may well want to go back to Italy and be more assured of game time crucial to his development.

I can understand that Ancelotti could want a bit more maturity and a proven forward as we have already two young forwards with Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison. Those two could react and improve further with the inspiration and nuanced advice from such a proven top player. That could take us up a level.

I can also understand that Kean needs game time. If we are going down that route, I would prefer the younger Milik from Napoli before Immobile, and would have Belotti as third choice from those three. Sam, I am always interested in who you would think is a possibility.

Of even more interest is the No 1 issue of who Carlo will get in as our lynchpin defensive midfielder. We need a Fernandinho to counterbalance Gomes, Gbamin may be the man, but the position is so important, we need to have the best we can get in there as our No 1 signing this summer.

Derek Knox
13 Posted 17/04/2020 at 09:48:01
Phil @11, the savings will be off the wage bill, as with just those mentioned, that would amount to a bloody good (for the likes of us mere mortals) win on the Lottery, and that's only one week.
Tony Shelby
14 Posted 17/04/2020 at 10:30:56
It's got to be a positive sign that, whilst other clubs are furloughing staff and then doing an about-turn, we're at an advanced stage in signing a talented player.
Brian Murray
15 Posted 17/04/2020 at 11:07:59
The likes of Gabriel will be much needed to phase out Schneiderlin and Sigurdsson but surely the goalkeeping issue hasn't gone away or are we putting up with more "will he? won't he?" theatrics from Pickford.

By the time he matures, another year or two will be wasted. We need a commanding goalie. End of.

Paul Birmingham
16 Posted 17/04/2020 at 11:21:25
Let's see what happens and hopefully all considered this deal comes off.

Very sad news about Norman Hunters passing, another player from the good old days, has gone.

As crude and dirty as they come and, in my time, the Leeds teams of the 70s, were as dirty and crude as I've seen across the years, but respect was given and taken, and players took nothing in life for granted.

Jim Harrison
17 Posted 17/04/2020 at 11:35:44
Colin 4,

I would think his job is multi-tiered.

Yep, find young prospects and develop, but also build a squad for now that can compete. Hopefully the players signed for now can increase in value, like Richarlison, and when the time comes for the new young players to step up, the high-value players can be moved on whilst there is still a profit to be made

£30 million for a player is no longer big money. If you want to break into the top, you need top players. Football is a here-and-now sport. Future glories are impossible to predict. But, to get on the path to success, you have to put a team together that is capable of winning. Success can breed success.

Look at that youth team of Liverpool's that beat us in the cup, those kids have the best team in the country at present to look at in training and to try and oust to get into the first team.

Sam Hoare
18 Posted 17/04/2020 at 12:02:38
Tony @12; I'm not sure we need a striker. I think Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison look like an excellent duo and I expect Kean to get a lot more minutes next season. Then there is the likes of Gordon and Simms who may deserve some minutes up top.

I think the only way we buy a new striker is if Kean agitates to leave in order to be first choice somewhere else. If that happens, then I'd probably pick Milik out of the three you posit. Though not sure he'd be worth the money, he's a touch slow for the Premier League.

I'd be tempted by Giroud as a short term option for 1 year. He brings something different and is so good at linking play and getting a few goals even at his age (plus he's playing for his France place).

Otherwise, if Kean moves on I'd look at Osimhen from Lille, Isak from Sociedad, or even Embolo from Borussia Moechengladabch.

In terms of more experienced options, perhaps Icardi might be available on loan or Inaki Williams is a pacy player from Bilbao. I've always reluctantly rated Danny Ings. Porto need to raise money so Marega would also be available I'd imagine. Volland from Leverkusen maybe. I always prefer the younger guns though!

And yes, central midfield is a much bigger priority in my eyes. And I think Brands's eyes too!

Brian Harrison
19 Posted 17/04/2020 at 12:31:24
As far as I understand the situation, that nobody has any idea if the season will finish or it will be deemed null and void or it will finish as is where clubs stand at present. So, until those decisions are made, who knows when the transfer window will open.

Also, by carrying on paying players their full salary, clubs' finances will come under more pressure, and who knows how much any club will have to spend on players??

Seems pure conjecture at this moment to even talk about possible signings.

Robert Tressell
20 Posted 17/04/2020 at 14:25:55
Assuming he signs, it'll be interesting to see if Keane goes. Might not be any takers. The sorts of clubs that might like him (Burnley, Palace) might not be able to afford him and Newcastle (another more obvious destination) suddenly have a lot of money.

Easy to forget that he was pretty good alongside Zouma and deservedly won England caps off the back of that form. He's not terrible by any stretch, just not gelled with Mina or Holgate.

Back on Maghaeles, looks the right sort of stuff. I agree that a striker is low priority (maybe get Gelhardt as a prospect) with some cast-offs from Champions League clubs, say Rabiot and Rodriguez, to fill up the remaining positions in the first 11 that need sorting.

Summer 2021 might be the time for a new right-back and goalkeeper. There's a good chance that Kean will have overtaken Calvert-Lewin by then.

Eric Myles
21 Posted 17/04/2020 at 14:41:18
Sam #17,

Forget Giroud, he had his chance to come to us and blew it. I like Icardi though.

Conor McCourt
22 Posted 17/04/2020 at 16:14:51
Sam and Robert,

While I agree with you both that centre-forward isn't a priority considering we have two top strikers and a potential third in the shape of Kean, it may be that Carlo wants another of top quality.

Under Silva, three would have been complete but, considering Ancelotti has been constant in his two-man strike force, most managers will want two players for each role.

If that's the case, I wouldn't be surprised if he wanted a left centre-back, a wide player on each side, an athletic central midfielder and a fourth centre-forward. Then we may see a cull especially in the midfield area with Delph, Schneiderlin, and Sigurdsson likely casualties if any takers and one of Iwobi, Walcott and possibly Bernard if he likes Gordon there. As pointed out, Keane would also be vulnerable.

With the shortage of decent wide players and Richarlison preferred up top, I would like to see a bit more flexibility with the midfield if this season resumes, Carlo perhaps trying a diamond or the square four that Rodgers tried at the neighbours, to try and get something out of Iwobi and Sigurdsson.

Robert Tressell
23 Posted 17/04/2020 at 16:41:37
Icardi is a top striker but a lot of baggage. It's not out of the question – but I think he'll be playing for Atletico Madrid next season. Probably to our long-term benefit if he does.
Liam Reilly
24 Posted 17/04/2020 at 22:40:21
Am I the only one who thinks the gravy train may be drying up for £30M transfers for unproven Premier League players.

Like on the other side, the papers are calling out Harry Kane: at £200M for example. WTF!!! Clubs will be going to the wall and this is just nonsense and grotesque.

Brian Wilkinson
25 Posted 18/04/2020 at 01:05:57
I am suprised no one has mentioned Diego Costa, his contract is up in June and available on a free, still only 31 and could be that nasty streak we need in front of goal.

It may have the same effect on Calvert-Lewin, as Gray did on Sharp.

That will give us a few seasons to build elsewhere. By then, we should be nearer to Bramley-Moore Dock, along with a lot off our wage bill from previous managers.

Brian Wilkinson
26 Posted 18/04/2020 at 01:10:35
Apologies guys, it is 2021 his contract ends; ignore above.
Gerry Killen
27 Posted 18/04/2020 at 02:12:36
Looking back at the photo showing Jimmy Gabriel, Alec Young, Parker, etc sitting on concrete steps putting their boots on, seems like a hundred years ago. How times have changed...

One thing I wonder is where are the Scottish hard men and wonderfull skillfull players have gone to? Do we still have scouts North of the Border? Do we still keep a check on English Schoolboy players?

I know we all want instant success – that costs money we haven't got – till we off-load, we are constantly talking about overseas players who may, or may not be Premier League standard for different reasons, so maybe we should put more money into our Scouting set up?

Good health to all ToffeeWebers, stay safe, look after each other. Cheers, COYB

Tony Abrahams
28 Posted 18/04/2020 at 08:38:05
Very good point, Gerry, you only have to look at the new kid on the block, Chelsea, to realise this. (Gilmour)

I was talking to a Celtic scout the other week, and he was telling me that their current centre-forward is a very good player, and he thinks he would be a big success in the Premier League. (Ousarde?)

Sam Hoare
29 Posted 18/04/2020 at 11:44:15
Conor@22 I agree that the depth at CF is not yet quite there for playing 2 up front all season but I think the starting XI is perhaps more of a concern currently.

We have 2 very useful strikers. Perhaps 3 if Kean improves.

Whereas we barely have one useful CB or CM. Or RW. Or RB for that matter.

I just think there are other priorities in terms of improving the ability of the first team than strikers. Unless Carlo wants to play Richie at RW in which case another striker may become more of a priority but that would seem a bad move to me.

Conor McCourt
30 Posted 18/04/2020 at 15:21:29
Sam, it's not a position I want looked at because I feel it would hamper Kean but I'm just pointing out that Carlo mightn't share your views.

He seems to like the centre-backs so will only want a left-sided one. He may want a right-back if he doesn't fancy Kenny but he really loves Gomes so will probably want a complimentary midfielder like Gueye as Gbamin will also be in contention. He won't buy more than one.

I don't think he likes any of the wide boys but has shown most faith in Theo Walcott so I would expect two first-choice players there unless as you say he has earmarked Richarlison and goes for the extra striker.

Sam Hoare
31 Posted 18/04/2020 at 17:09:18
Conor, I'm not sure about Carlo but I think Brands (who I suspect has a huge hand in transfer strategy) shares my views.

There was a video going round a few months back (I think from the AGM?) where he outlined the club's transfer needs. centre-back, centre-midfield and right-midfield were the priorities he outlined.

We may get another striker on loan or a short-term deal but, if those other 3 positions are indeed priority, then I don't imagine we will have the spare cash to buy a high-quality centre-forward.

Also curious what makes you say he loves Gomes?

My dream window looks something like: Gabriel or Salisu, Zakaria or Sangaré, Cengiz Ünder or Krépin Diatta.

Conor McCourt
32 Posted 18/04/2020 at 17:36:54
Three months ago? Silva outlined them last summer but weren't properly filled. I agree that Brands will have to be in agreement with age,profile etc but I certainly don't envisage a repeat of Brands's balls-up from last summer as I doubt Carlo would have come if he isn't backed and he certainly won't accept not getting the players or positions he wants which happened under Marco.

The way he spoke of André when he came back that he was one of our most important players, spoke about his ability and he was so complementary. He had no doubt on starting him straight away when it would have been better to be more gradual but he played him as soon as medically given the all clear when a bit needless imo. I've only heard him glowing like that about Richarlison as even with Dominic his praise was tempered with he still needs to improve.

Who do you see at left-wing then? Because I think that will be his first priority, along with central midfield, as he clearly doesn't rate the options there.

Ha ha... funny you should mention Zakaria as he's a player who really impressed me twice against Ireland and I was thinking would be perfect for us.

Sam Hoare
33 Posted 18/04/2020 at 18:21:31
It was less than 3 months I think. Pretty sure it was during Carlo's tenure and it was very public so presumably must have been in line with Carlo's wishes.

I don't think we'll get a left-winger. I think Carlo will alternate the likes of Bernard, Iwobi and Gordon there. None of whom are top notch but are capable of playing that inside-forward role and coming into the No 10 role.

Whereas, at right-wing, we only have Walcott. Such is the paucity there that Carlo even tried Sidibé a few times. I think at right-wing he'll want someone with some more express pace and who brings goals. Could play Richarlison there and that way you guarantee more goals from midfield but personally I prefer him up front.

Robert Tressell
34 Posted 18/04/2020 at 21:50:03
You always come up with a bunch of good names, Sam. Personally my dream central midfielder is Rabiot with Malcom at right-wing. I think Sangare went backwards last season. Under is good but not quite enough end product. Diatta is good too. But a right-footer who plays mostly left-wing, I think.

We desperately need a left-footer on the right to balance it out. Leon Bailey, Samuel Chukwueze or David Neres maybe if not Malcom. There's a very decent chance we get Rabiot.

I really wouldn't be surprised if James Rodriguez is our left-footed right-wing playmaker. Older and less mobile than is ideal but still classy. Would position us closer to the big boys, albeit with a lot less strength in depth.

Tom Bowers
35 Posted 18/04/2020 at 22:21:17
Most central defenders that come to the Premier League are reasonably solid as individuals or as a double act. They are all human and can occasionally make a mistake that can be costly and so then some fans will get on their cases.

A good defence has to have not only a consistent back four but other players who channel back and consolidate effectively which Everton haven't had for some time.

The jury is still out on who should be Everton's defensive starters even though there has been some improvement under Ancellotti.

Keane is good in the air but is turned a little too easy at times reminding me of Mike Lyons and Holgate is quick but not as strong as he needs to be at times.

Mina is finally finding his feet but much depends on how well these guys can play together as a tightly knit unit.

Of course the defensive midfield is still up for grabs with Gomes, Davies, Gbamin, Delph and Schneiderlin being the possibles fighting it out next season along with Iwobi and Sigurdsson being in the more advanced roles.

It's anyone's guess what will transpire but I am sure Carlo already has some formulations in his mind as to to who may get the inside track.

New quality additions are always welcome as long as they can fit in quickly and have some effect but they don't need any more crocks or inconsistent misfits.

If and when this season gets finished, one hopes that Carlo will see next season produce an Everton team worthy of the name.

Sam Hoare
36 Posted 18/04/2020 at 23:14:55
@34 likewise Robert! I like Rabiot and have always been a big fan of Malcom, was gutted when he choose Zenit. Though both may be potentially troublesome character wise?! Maybe not. They'd both be fairly expensive too. Sangare would be cheap and he's not been as good this season but that's partly because Toulouse have a terrible team.

I like Chukwueze and Bailey, though I think Under does have decent end product when played. Also really like Raphinha from Rennes as an option on the right. Diatta does play more often from the left but there's something about him; could be our Mane.

Rodriguez I can't quite get on board with. Too injury prone, too old and too slow for my liking. Beautiful technique but we need more dynamism in the team. Maybe a loan could be worth a punt but doesn't quite feel right to me.

Robert Tressell
37 Posted 19/04/2020 at 09:14:43
I like Rabiot because he reminds me of Emmanuel Petit. Big unit. Good left foot. Tackles hard. Think he's been wrongly used as a Busquets type when he's more dynamic box to box. I would love to see him as part of a physically intimidating midfield with Gbamin (more of a defensive screen) and Gomes (licence to run the show with quality use of the ball).

Agree re Rodriguez - but still think he's a fairly likely recruit. Juve and Real desperately need to shift some high earners outside of their first 11 and may accept low transfer fees

Conor McCourt
38 Posted 19/04/2020 at 09:19:25
Tony @28, you must have had a nod and a wink because I've seen us linked to Edouard this morning. I've watched him a few times and he looked decent but not spectacular but I've a mad Celtic mate who is a decent judge and is convinced he's better than Dembele (their former striker) so he must be some player.
Sam Hoare
39 Posted 19/04/2020 at 12:29:27
Robert- sounds good to me. Not seen many recent Rabiot links but would be delighted to get him for around the £20-25m mark. Him and Gbamin could make a good solid pair.

Conor, From what Ive seen and read of Edouard, he'd be a good partner for Calvert-Lewin. He's more creative and excels at dropping a little deeper and linking play but can also run in behind and is a decent finisher. I still think the only way we spend more than £10m on a striker is if Carlo plans to play Richarlison at right-wing, though.

Hywel Owen
40 Posted 22/04/2020 at 21:58:04
Who remembers Jimmy Gabriel and has seen him play?
Eric Haworth
41 Posted 24/04/2020 at 10:07:18
Hywel #40,

One of few advantages of age is having had the privilege to see players such as “Gabby” who was a ferocious competitor and makes today's supposed “hardmen” look like Mary Poppins. That's not to say he was lacking in skill because he was probably one of best “wing-halves” in the game (midfield hadn't been invented then), and that was no mean feat with the quality in those days.

He arrived from Dundee at the tender age of 19 in March 1960 and became a key part of the team, along with the “Golden Vision”, that lifted the First Division Championship in 1963 (No Premier League in those days, if only 😉) and then lifting the FA Cup in 1966. He won a place in most Blues' hearts before moving on to Southampton in 1967 with the arrival of a certain Howard Kendall.

One of my abiding memories of Gabby was as a callow youth just after he arrived coming up against one of the game's biggest bullies (of which there were many in those days), the formidable Dave McKay in a top-of-the-table clash with the first double winners, the mighty Spurs. Early in the game, there was a 50-50 clash where McKay traditionally put his marker down (in more ways than one) but instead, this slim blonde kid never hesitated and nearly cut him in half. This big beast of a player, left in a crumpled heap on the turf, was not a scene oft witnessed in that era – and that was the moment that Gabby won an everlasting place in this particular Blue's heart.

Hywel Owen
42 Posted 26/04/2020 at 10:07:25
Thank you, Eric.

He was 2 years older than me and I saw him play many times. If I remember, he used to be shifted upfront by Catterick when the pitches were heavy and he was very useful there as well.

Happy days.

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