Everton remain interested in Juventus midfielder Adrian Rabiot according to a report from Italy.
The Frenchman has been linked with a move to Goodison Park since the January transfer window but while nothing came of the speculation at the time, the fact that Rabiot appears destined to leave the Serie A giants this summer has renewed the speculation.
Everton and Newcastle are said to be particularly keen, with reports highlighting the fact that Carlo Ancelotti managed him at Paris St Germain a few years ago.
And both Italian journalist Nicolò Schira and TuttoJuve are claiming that Rabiot's mother and agent, Veronique, has had talks with both English clubs over a potential move for the 25-year-old who joined Juventus last year but hasn't been able to cement a regular place in their line-up.
He would cost around €20m according to the reports but there have been questions raised about his fitness record that might give the Blues pause if they are indeed interested in his services.
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1 Posted 15/05/2020 at 18:57:10
2 Posted 15/05/2020 at 20:27:37
I'm certainly not going to turn my nose up at him, that is for sure. Lots of names mentioned but it's the two mentioned above who get linked repeatedly. Yes, it's all conjecture but I loves it, I do.
3 Posted 15/05/2020 at 22:57:04
A very interesting one. He's on huge wages so not sure how we would accommodate that and he wants to play as an attacking midfielder whereas he's better as a defensive one. Would definitely improve our midfield options but something about it doesn't feel quite right. Bit of a big time Charlie? Very decent player though and worked well with Ancelloti.
4 Posted 15/05/2020 at 23:21:53
5 Posted 15/05/2020 at 23:54:07
6 Posted 16/05/2020 at 00:13:25
7 Posted 16/05/2020 at 07:56:27
Minik, I'd say Rabiot is pretty athletic. Not rapid necessarily but he'd be our fastest central midfielder. (A very low bar!)
8 Posted 16/05/2020 at 08:22:20
I think it's less of a risk for us than other Premier League teams as Carlo has worked with him before and Rabiot has reportedly expressed admiration and fondness in the media regarding their time working together. He could well be our answer to the central midfield problem and at the right price. An interesting transfer window awaits!
9 Posted 16/05/2020 at 08:46:16
10 Posted 16/05/2020 at 08:46:18
11 Posted 16/05/2020 at 09:16:21
There's lots of very talented players who could fill the right-wing slot – but Malcom to me looks like the player with the most likely goal return which we're crying out for, and a left foot to provide a bit of balance to the forward line.
12 Posted 16/05/2020 at 09:42:46
In this instance, the Ancelotti connection gives us a shout if we are really interested. I think he would be an excellent signing, but, as a matter of the utmost importance, extensive and proper research needs to be done on his fitness for the relentless Premier League job. ie Was his inability to sustain a regular place in the Juve side partially because he has an ongoing problem? Everton cannot afford to be the fall guy anymore, a great player could then quickly become a ball and chain on our resources.
I still have concerns about Gomes and Gbamin's ability to get through a season [or even half a season]. The last thing we want is another fragile player. It's only a good signing if he plays regularly!
When talking about resilience and fitness, I am drawn to thinking about Idrissa Gana Gueye. Week-in & week-out, he put in the work and was reliable. It makes me wonder whether a midfielder in the mold of Denis Zakaria, Allan, Sangare would be a better overall signing for us.
I'd some opinion on that from Robert and Sam and everyone. It's a hugely important signing for us and for the Carlo Ancelotti project, I want us to get it right as the right man in will see us move up a level.
13 Posted 16/05/2020 at 10:42:44
14 Posted 16/05/2020 at 10:47:20
15 Posted 16/05/2020 at 11:20:53
16 Posted 16/05/2020 at 11:33:14
His fitness may be another issue. He didnt quite establish himself in the Juventus midfield but dont imagine that being an issue with us. He would surely start every week and that could bring the best out of him. Peak Rabiot is a serious player.
I think hes a better more developed player than Sangare and possibly as good as Zakaria when playing well. But his attitude could be an issue and his wages certainly will be. Apparently hes on around 200k a week so I dont really see how we accommodate that without ruining our wage structure. Unless hes prepared t take a massive hit which seems unlikely.
Sangare will probably expect a quarter of that so may be a more prudent option in terms of balancing the books.
Zakaria is excellent but would be expensive. Allan is a no-go for me, looks like his powers are beginning to wane a little but would still cost premium. Would rather get players on the way up than down unless a loan is possible.
17 Posted 16/05/2020 at 11:53:22
Personally, I think 4-3-3 offers a more robust set-up for the Premier League and it's easier to find players to make it work (box-to-box centre-mid and goalscoring right-winger).
And I also think clubs like Liverpool will find it much harder to overpower us with 3 big, quality units in midfield. But I'm also confident that Ancelotti knows a lot more than I do.
18 Posted 16/05/2020 at 12:06:49
Personally, I would like to see Schneiderlin and Sigurdsson shipped out (if we can find any takers), Davies out on loan for a year, and another midfielder brought in. That will leave us with 4 fighting for 2 spots which is ideal. Then Davies can come back and replace Delph in the squad for 2021-22 season.
19 Posted 16/05/2020 at 13:32:38
20 Posted 16/05/2020 at 13:37:30
21 Posted 16/05/2020 at 13:46:43
22 Posted 16/05/2020 at 14:59:47
A bit like Yaya Toure - at Barca he was used as a defensive midfielder and even centre half. At Man City they let him use his athleticism and ability as a box to box player. Not saying Rabiot will be as good as Toure (an absolute beast) but I do think he can chip in with goals with Gomes pulling the strings and Gbamin doing the defensive work.
As for Ramsey, its a question of motivation. Really good player but I can't see him providing the sort of dynamism we need.
23 Posted 17/05/2020 at 10:11:09
I suspect a lot of these rumoured signings simply won't happen due to the financial commitments involved. That won't stop all the rumours though.
24 Posted 17/05/2020 at 11:33:54
I think we are entering a different era with lower wage contracts and lower fees being more the norm as a point of necessity.
Clubs will need to cut their coats according to their cloth or go bust.
25 Posted 17/05/2020 at 18:17:02
26 Posted 17/05/2020 at 23:17:35
This one sounds like nothing but trouble.
27 Posted 18/05/2020 at 16:46:50
28 Posted 18/05/2020 at 17:39:24
On his day very talented. However, Id put money on him turning up when he wants to like Ozil and as soon as he has a few decent games his mum will be touting him round every champions league club who will listen.
29 Posted 19/05/2020 at 00:46:08
He's been providing financial support for his disabled father since he signed his first contact at PSG. His mother is pretty fierce but likely a lot of the negativity around her is misogyny.
I think he'd walk into our team as our best centre midfielder by a mile and would blossom by being the ticking heartbeat of the team. I'd happily take Ramsey also if he's available.
30 Posted 19/05/2020 at 19:28:34
Hasn't Ramsey played a similar amount of games this season and scored more goals?
Someone mentioned before he hasn't had an assist or goal all season.
He's a good player on his day and, when he wants to play would comfortably be our best midfielder, but I have serious reservations that he would turn up consistently for us.
31 Posted 19/05/2020 at 19:39:09
32 Posted 19/05/2020 at 19:45:31
I'm sure everyone would want a fully committed Rabiot at Goodison... But are we going to end up with the player consistently performing to a high level (which people have probably seen on small YouTube clips)?
Or are we going to get a player on massive wages who turns up when he feels like it and walks off as soon as a better offer comes along???
33 Posted 19/05/2020 at 20:12:42
34 Posted 19/05/2020 at 20:43:35
Well, I certainly hope Brands and Ancelotti are asking questions about the players' future performances before they decide who to keep and who to buy.
I'd like to think that, if we are going after Rabiot, that they are questioning what happened at PSG, and why he's unsettled at Juventus allegedly, and how much of an influence his mum / agent has on proceedings – before potentially offering him massive wages and a long-term contract.
35 Posted 19/05/2020 at 21:26:12
36 Posted 19/05/2020 at 22:05:07
Do they think a player is going to be able to adapt to a specific type of system? Or will his performances be affected because he's not used to that system?
Has a player got history of starting off well and then trailing off, as they see progress that will give them an idea of what his performances might be like long-term?
Is a player more effective just in home matches and not away matches?
Has the player had injury problems that will affect his future performances? For example, Seamus Coleman after his injury... The question would have been asked: "Do they think his future performances will match his pre-injury performances?" etc.
37 Posted 19/05/2020 at 22:08:19
38 Posted 19/05/2020 at 22:10:36
Fortunately we have an excellent man-manager who has worked with Rabiot before and can offer him consistent first-team football. So that bodes well. But still no guarantees.
If he does bomb, he will be young enough still to command a decent fee and there will be takers. If, however, it works out, then we'd have a Champions League quality midfielder under contract and in his prime helping us towards the goal of top 4. Maybe not that big a risk, therefore.
39 Posted 19/05/2020 at 23:14:24
I agree, every transfer has an element of risk, some more than others.
It's not always that simple about just moving them on, as we've found to our cost over the last few years. Obviously we aren't currently trying to offload any players of Rabiot's ability but we would have takers for our players if they weren't on stupid wages.
Rabiot wouldn't come to us in a million years unless we offered him astronomical wages. Everything I've read about him would suggest fantastic ability but can be somewhat of a disruptive influence and his advisors can be disruptive. If he does come and bomb, there will only be a few teams in world football who could pay the wages we would have to give him to come to us, so it wouldn't be as easy as just get shut of him.
Whoever Ancelotti goes after, I'm sure we will all get behind and support but sometimes, just because some fans think he looks good on YouTube, that is not always the best reason for a club to go and get someone with a chequered past, and on 100's of thousands of pounds a week.
40 Posted 20/05/2020 at 09:26:56
Gaetano Castrovilli, Fiorentina
Matt Longstaff, Barcodes
41 Posted 20/05/2020 at 09:42:26
Castrovelli is more of a dribbler - closer to Iwobi than a true centre mid player. Looks good but not really what we're missing.
For stats nerds like myself, Suat Serdar of Schalke has about the best goals and assists record from centre mid (counting only those in quality leagues – and ignoring superstars like De Bruyne). 23, good physique for the Premier League. Might be an option.
42 Posted 20/05/2020 at 11:28:54
I love Bruno Fernandes's desire, energy and mobility. He has a threat about him and some goals too. I am hoping the midfielder we find can bring the same to the table.
43 Posted 20/05/2020 at 21:19:30
This would be a fantastic signing... but we get linked continuously with stacks of quality players like this, and end up with no-one. It has become very boring and predictable.
I'm done with getting my hopes up, and being disappointed time and time again.
44 Posted 23/05/2020 at 09:15:36
45 Posted 23/05/2020 at 09:48:19
46 Posted 23/05/2020 at 10:32:26
47 Posted 23/05/2020 at 11:47:01
Going to be a very curious summer window. How on earth do clubs work out their budgets without knowing when fans (a lot of their revenue) will be allowed back or what effect it will have on TV contracts (vast majority of their revenue!)
48 Posted 23/05/2020 at 20:26:26
I think there maybe an upsurge in swap deals which suit both the clubs and players, with some negotiated financial adjustment. So a club can get a new player without a potentially damaging outlay.
49 Posted 23/05/2020 at 20:45:36
Just shows how far our standards have fallen.
At least in Carlo we have someone we can trust to get the right calibre in.
50 Posted 23/05/2020 at 21:05:48
Now that I know your age, I won't dwell on the heroics or the vim and vigour, displayed by the likes of Peter Farrell, Jackie Grant, and Dave Hickson. Once again, apologies for my carelessness and lack of concentration.
51 Posted 23/05/2020 at 21:10:05
52 Posted 23/05/2020 at 21:46:20
I know you're a gentleman blue and have the utmost respect for you.
I did see a bit of Dave Hickson when my Dad, Uncle and grandad (all sadly gone now) used to sit me on the railings in Goodison Road. What a role model he would be for the modern bling bling brigade.
53 Posted 23/05/2020 at 22:14:30
I'm a bit skeptical of Rabiot, but Carlo knows him well, and if he wants him, that's good enough for me.
I'd reluctantly pass on Lallana, not because he's RS but because he's lost a step and all connection with the net -- one goal in his last 50 games. Just a smaller version of Siggy at this point.
54 Posted 24/05/2020 at 00:38:32
55 Posted 24/05/2020 at 00:42:54
56 Posted 24/05/2020 at 04:13:52
Lallana is over 30 has spent a lot of the last couple of years in the treatment room.
Okay, the lad has some talent but I'm sure Sigurdsson outpoints him on goalscoring and assists per game.
It's a definite NO for me – and that's before I even think he's a Red Shite.
57 Posted 24/05/2020 at 06:31:35
Is that the sound of the Merry-Go-Round starting up? Thank heavens there aren't too many youngsters coming through this year.
58 Posted 24/05/2020 at 07:30:20
Based on the possibility of us not having a lot to spend, I wonder if instead of us getting too excited about Rabiot that we might have to settle for lower profile players like Ryan Fraser on a free, a knock-down fee on Hojberg (in the last year of his contract) – that kind of deal?
A Kean swap deal? Just a thought.
As I said, I love the speculation but we really have no idea of the financial landscape for our club. That potentially complicates things for Carlo who I am sure was promised big signings when he joined us.
59 Posted 24/05/2020 at 10:03:09
60 Posted 24/05/2020 at 12:00:05
61 Posted 24/05/2020 at 12:11:11
All very predictable, a great deal of money has disappeared from the game.
62 Posted 24/05/2020 at 16:28:59
But will this sharp injection of reality make any difference to the daily ration of clickbait served up by the profusion of sites perpetulating this stuff?
Thought not. Rant over.
63 Posted 24/05/2020 at 17:28:00
That's what I'm telling myself, anyway.
64 Posted 24/05/2020 at 18:08:36
65 Posted 24/05/2020 at 18:33:42
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