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Emerson emerges as transfer target

| Saturday, 25 April 2020 24comments  |  Jump to last

The coronavirus crisis drags on but the transfer rumour mill stops at nothing, with a fresh batch of stories circulating involving Everton despite there being little clarity over when matches might resume or when the transfer window will open.

The Blues are supposedly among a clutch of clubs to have enquired about Barcelona right-back Emerson as they weigh the future of Jonjoe Kenny (still reportedly wanted on a permanent basis by Schalke) and the possibility of making Djibril Sidibé's loan from Monaco permanent.

Sport in Spain report that Everton, West Ham, Newcastle and Tottenham have all “been in touch” with Barça about the Brazilian's availability for around €20m but they also suggest that the Catalonian giants could recall him from his loan at Real Betis and keep him for their first team rather than sell him.

Meanwhile, speculation has resurfaced once more linking Cengiz Ünder with a move to Goodison Park. The Turkish winger has consistently been mentioned as a potential Toffees target in recent months and Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness) report that an offer could be made this summer.

And there is yet more talk of Allan following Carlo Ancelotti from Napoli to Everton. France Football say that the Italian club would be willing to sell the Brazilian for less than their current asking price if the Blues also took Hirving Lozano.

The report claims that Everton could have the pair for a combined €80m. Ancelotti and Marcel Brands are said to have tried to sign Allan in January but were unable to prise him away from Naples. At 29, however, he does not necessarily fit the age profile parameters that the Blues under Brands have been working within.

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Martin Berry
1 Posted 25/04/2020 at 08:31:25
If we're talking midfielders, I think Carlo loves Allan and his tenacity that will be well suited to the Premier League, that could happen regardless of Brands age profile. There is no doubt that the defence will also be strengthened.

Soon, we will be a Brazilian side, let's hope they all don't get dragged to Copa America as we won't be able to put out a team!

Colin Glassar
2 Posted 25/04/2020 at 09:20:07
Barca are trying to offload several players to help balance the books and buy Neymar. I know nothing about this lad but we do need a top right-back (Seamus is past his best), a centre-back, a dominating midfield player and someone to play right-wing.

There are reports that Carlo wants five new players but first Brands has to shovel out the shit: – Tosun, Bolasie, Besic, Pennington, Iwobi, Walcott, Niasse etc... before work can begin.

A new right-back, Gabriel, Allan, James and Lozano would fit the bill imo.

Peter Gorman
3 Posted 25/04/2020 at 10:15:07
Oi Colin, you can't just craftily pop Iwobi into that list. He's only just arrived, give him time.
Pat Kelly
4 Posted 25/04/2020 at 10:47:12
Football as we know it is finished until everyone can be vaccinated against the coronavirus. Otherwise it'll be all behind closed doors with the implications that has for revenue, transfer fees and salaries. Until there is some clarity about the future of the sport everything will remain on hold.
Derek Thomas
5 Posted 25/04/2020 at 10:47:33
Bit old for us isn't he, I remember him at Wimbledon in the early 60s.
Tony Everan
6 Posted 25/04/2020 at 10:51:22
Gabriel looks to have the attributes for the PL. Allan would certainly be an asset to our midfield but at 29 I think the transfer fee needs to be low as there is no sell on value at 32/33 and he would want 5m a year in wages. Despite that he is the type of player we really need and would be influential to us stepping up a level so I think there is some mileage in this rumour.

James and Lozano I am less sure of whether they would cope with the relentless fast pace and physical nature of the premier league. Lozano seemed to have struggled with the step up from the much weaker Dutch league to the Italian. So whether he can perform in the EPL consistently is open for debate. Ideally to I would like to see him on loan for a year with an option to buy.

Is James a step up from Bernard? I think he could find the same problems as our little magician has. Brilliant and talented but struggled to make a consistent impact due to the relentless pace physicality and closing down nature of the EPL.

Sorry thread’s about Emerson, who I no nothing about, but I am interested on any opinion of him if someone has seen him play.

Fran Mitchell
7 Posted 25/04/2020 at 10:58:30
This is all media bull, because they've got nothing to talk about.

There will be very minimal transfers by any club in the near future.

Hopefully a blessing, and a chance to re-evaluate how the game should work. Less focus on unsustainable transfer fees, wages, and 'may the richest team win' attitude to football, more focus on training and youth development

Jerome Shields
8 Posted 25/04/2020 at 12:24:47
Emerson emerges again as he does every year. It seems that the draft transfer speculation has started earlier this year.

I will take may customary break as I do every year regarding the Transfer Season Silly Period. The only time I broke the rule was during the Rooney saga, which was correct to do so and the Saha saga, which was a lucky escape. Saga or Production with Bill involved.

When something emerges that seriously looks like the start of a season or the tidying up of this season, having declared the Competition null and void( Null and Void anyway), I will return. Hopefully Sam has his serious list of Transfer Prospects compiled by then.

Have a Good Summer and Stay Safe

Sam Hoare
9 Posted 25/04/2020 at 16:08:48
Gabriel – yes please. Looks exactly what we need.

Allan – maybe on loan or cut price. Good player but was fading a bit last season and best years may be behind him.

Lozano – Didn't adapt well to Serie A. Would he adapt better to the Premier League? Depends on price for me. Maybe a loan?

Rodrigues – Not fit and not dynamic. Incredible technician but not suited to the Premier League in my eyes and not on those wages.

Cengiz Ünder- Yes. Very handy young player. If we could get him for under £20M, that's good business.

Emerson – Looked pretty good at Betis this year. Similar-ish player to Sidibé in that he's better going forward than defending but he's younger and could be coached into better defending habits.

Kenny – I think Schalke came out and said they could not afford a transfer. Solid defender but not dynamic enough for a team with top 6 aspirations in my opinion. Probably worth giving a season to as we have other priority positions to fix.

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
10 Posted 25/04/2020 at 16:20:29
Sam #9 - beat me too it. I was going to say that Schalke (Wagner) said they cannot afford Kenny so are looking to take him on loan for another year.
Mike Gaynes
11 Posted 25/04/2020 at 16:51:07
I saw Emerson twice this season, once against Barca and once against Real Madrid. He looked faster than hell and very confident in attack. If the price quoted is accurate, I'd say he's a much better buy than Sidibé at £13M.

Tony and Sam, might be a little harsh on Lozano to judge him as "not adapting well" after only part of a season in Serie A, especially coming off a knee injury last spring. But I hope Napoli feels the same, because I would love to have this guy. Been a fan ever since I saw him play in Mexico as a teenager. Get him, get him, get him.

Sam, agree on Ünder. That left foot would be fun to watch on our right wing.

Tony, "Is James a step up from Bernard?" Uh, yes, to a different planet. I love Bernard, but he's never been in a World Cup Best 11. James hasn't developed into what was predicted for him six years ago, but he's still a world-class talent.

Derek #5, yep, but I hear he has stayed fit.

Sam Hoare
12 Posted 25/04/2020 at 17:13:57
Mike, I like Lozano too. If he and Ünder were the same price, then it would be a close call. But I think Chucky would cost a fair chunk more. I wonder if a loan could suit all parties though.
Tony Shelby
13 Posted 25/04/2020 at 17:51:07
Surely FFP will need to go out of the window for the foreseeable future?

Clubs are receiving almost zero revenue but still have their operational costs.

Maybe this is the year Moshiri can dig deep without the shackles of FFP and we can conquer the world!


Robert Tressell
14 Posted 25/04/2020 at 19:11:11
Saw comments from Ed Woodward earlier about a very different transfer landscape after Covid-19. Impossible to know how it plays out.

Assuming there is transfer activity (I think there might be a lot but low fees), then the links are promising at least. Allan looks excellent but unlikely due to age. We missed a trick with the younger and similar Guimaraes who went to Lyon in January.

I'd rather use Kenny than buy Emerson. Ünder is probably closest to what we need out of him, Lozano and Rodriguez.

If we go for a left-footed playmaker more than a winger, then Calvin Stengs of Alkmaar looks very good. Bit of a poor mans Odegaard but still good.

If we go for a left-footed goal-scoring winger, then Neres, Malcom, or Bailey are probably all ahead of Ünder.

The Coutinho links are v interesting. Still only 27. Track record of goals and assists. He would fit into a 4-4-2 double 6 formation well, and might well bring the best out of Kean. Here's hoping...

Darren Murphy
15 Posted 25/04/2020 at 19:11:22
Absolute bullshit transfer rumours, complete madness considering the obvious stuff going on.

Anyone who reads into them are barking mental, not mad.

Chin up lads n lasses – here's some great goals, stay safe all.

Andrew Ellams
16 Posted 25/04/2020 at 22:26:08
I worry that, if we bring in players like Ünder and Lozano, we will need fullbacks that defend better. Walcott and Bernard at least put a shift in at both ends of the park.
Sam Hoare
17 Posted 25/04/2020 at 23:05:26
Fair point, Andrew. Neither the best defensively. But it may help if we are stronger and faster in the middle of the park. Plus if we have a right back who can defend.
Mike Gaynes
18 Posted 25/04/2020 at 23:45:23
Sam, Chucky's worth more because he scores goals and Under doesn't.

I haven't seen much of Under, so my impressions are limited, but I've had hours of joy watching Chucky, so I'm biased.

Of course now we need a striker as well, since Kean has just proven himself to be unworthy of the shirt.

Robert Tressell
19 Posted 26/04/2020 at 12:36:12
Andrew - there are a few options for formation. Liverpool use Salah and Alexander-Arnold as a very attacking right flank. Robertson and Mane on the left. Both wingers score a lot and stay high up the pitch. Both full-backs are very attacking. They can do this because they have three very hard-working central midfielders.

We could do that. Gomes + Gbamin + AN Other. Then Ünder and Richarlison as inverted wingers / forwards. That's why (obviously in dreamland) I would love Rabiot and Malcom.

The former to give us muscle, energy and quality in centre mid. The latter to give us goals, pace and creativity on the right flank. With the 3 in midfield, you can accommodate attacking full-backs who overlap.

Tony Everan
20 Posted 26/04/2020 at 22:50:04
It’s the most important key to the top 4 isn’t it, having that extremely hard working, tough, athletic, quality midfield 3. If the quality and workrate is there the full backs and front three can overwhelm teams.

Another is lightning pace from the two wide men of the front three. This makes opposing teams weary in possession and it mentally affects play when teams know they are one errant midfield pass away from a lethal break away. The presence of Mane and Salah for the rs causes mental weakness in opposition defenders and midfielders. They make mistakes they never normally would. The game is often lost before a ball is kicked.

I agree with Robert above, Rabiot and Malcom would fit the bill for us to get much closer to where we want to be. I would be confident we could make a challenge for the top 6 or better if we are lucky with injuries.

If not we need players in those positions who can bring the same attributes to the table.

Steve Shave
21 Posted 27/04/2020 at 23:33:21
I'd be excited to see us ship Seamus and get this lad at right-back, have him battle it out with Kenny. Linked with the young Barca centre-back today, I don't know much about him but would prefer Gabriel who looks a beast.

I'd like Rabiot too Robert (if we decide Allan is too old) but what would our chances be of getting him? Why would he come to us? He would certainly do a job of carrying the ball as an 8.

Karl Masters
22 Posted 28/04/2020 at 01:30:21
None of this is going to happen anytime soon. With incomes up in the air, businesses aren't going to take gambles on overpriced players with expensive contracts.

If you want an idea of what might happen, cast your mind back to the harsh recession of the early 1980s when club incomes crashed during an era of mass unemployment in their working-class fanbases.

In 1980, Everton nearly bought Peter Reid from newly relegated Bolton for £750k. By the time he arrived in December 1982, Everton, by all accounts at the time, ‘just about scraped together £60k' to buy him.

In that time, our crowds fell from average 35,500 in 1979 to 20,300 in 1983 with sub 15,000 crowds commonplace.

It was a grim time and the hangover lasted right through the '80s with regard to attendances. The all-conquering '85 team only averaged 32,300 and, by the early '90s, our crowds fell back to the 20,000 mark. It wasn't just Everton, I remember a Saturday in 1986 when Villa had a home crowd of 8,400 versus Southampton and Spurs had a home crowd of 10,800 versus WBA.

Yes, it's a different time, different circumstances now, but the potential for crowds to halve and transfer fees to collapse is there.

Karl Masters
23 Posted 28/04/2020 at 01:35:39
And if crowds drop, the spectacle of English football played in front of noisy full-house crowds will be gone, and far less of a draw to the international TV market.
Darren Murphy
24 Posted 28/04/2020 at 07:06:44
(18): @MG, We've needed a proven striker since Rom left, mate, and yes to Chucky, definitely worth a punt in my opinion too. I am kind of hoping as all the hype around him went quite we might nick him before the so-called big dogs snap him up, I was pretty certain we'd sign him last window but unfortunately not.

Kean has blown it now, I think, I did think there was something there... looks like we all know what it is now.

Side note: What are you making of "The Last Dance"? And Garpax has finally done one!!! No great knowledge of Karnisovas and Eversley so I must read up about them... can't be any worse lmfao, Stay safe lad.

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