The Blues are said to be keen on signing the 20-year-old who is currently on loan with Schalke 04 in Germany, and have offered £20m to sign him this summer but they face competition.
Barça are said by MailSport to be holding out to see if either Juventus or Inter Milan follow up on their initial inquiries as there could be potential swap deals to be made with either of the Italian clubs.
Marcel Brands is looking at talented young central defensive options to strengthen Everton's defence for the long term and was thought to be close to signing Gabriel, 23, from Lille prior to the coronavirus shutdown but is now reportedly fending off interest from Napoli.
The Mail's report contends that Brands wants clarity from Barcelona "in the next few days".
Original Source: MailSport
Reader Comments (55)
Note: the following content is not moderated or vetted by the site owners at the time of submission. Comments are the responsibility of the poster. Disclaimer
1 Posted 24/05/2020 at 18:02:22
I'd file this under ‘Nothing new to report... let's re-hash an old story with a bit of a twist, might get some clicks.'
2 Posted 24/05/2020 at 19:56:01
I would say EFC making a £20M offer in these financial times makes us able to push their hand with a "Take it or leave it" offer. So I would say we should be aggressive and force their hand. Walk away if not accepted, that's what we should be doing – not paying over the odds but striking when the iron's hot, so to speak.
3 Posted 24/05/2020 at 21:19:39
For once, Everton are holding all the aces in hard cash. About time we got tough, rather than waiting months on end; we are trying to sort out rebuilding the squad.
As we are on the subject, Barca are looking to offload Dembélé for a much reduced fee of around £37 Million, could be worth putting a bid in there as well.
4 Posted 24/05/2020 at 22:25:10
I think we would be better spending a lot less on Edsonne Edouard at Celtic.
5 Posted 24/05/2020 at 22:36:44
Could be they are using this story to flush out interest. Or more likely that the whole thing is made up.
He's a very interesting young player but he's not left-footed and needs developing. Gabriel would be a better fit currently.
I doubt we will be spending much money before the future is a little clearer.
6 Posted 25/05/2020 at 00:31:26
7 Posted 25/05/2020 at 00:45:17
But as long as all TWrs are well and safe, transfers whilst important are not the top of the agenda, as it seems the UK and its politics and the management at government level of Covid-19, will be the main issues.
All to their own views and respected, but double standards and further confusion for the UK will persist as the UK PM has created a clear code of double standards for self-isolation during this pandemic.
All stay safe and well and have a good Bank Holiday.
8 Posted 25/05/2020 at 00:56:43
9 Posted 25/05/2020 at 04:45:11
He didn't make the bench yesterday because he injured his ankle last week.
10 Posted 25/05/2020 at 07:58:30
As Si #1 said, no window, no pressure, and it would be up to the player anyway. Who's going to pressure him? Everton, Juventus or Inter!!
11 Posted 25/05/2020 at 09:00:11
I understand the transfer window opens June 10th, a week or so after many contracts expire on 1st June. We'll start to get more of a sense of what the market looks like in a few weeks therefore. But (despite uncertainty) agents and clubs will be lining up deals now – or at least testing what initial stance buyers and sellers have.
12 Posted 25/05/2020 at 09:12:13
With the TVs money being much less up there and no 60,000 crowds coming in every other week, I think Celtic may be more receptive to sell. Plus, I think the player himself may see the Premier League as a much bigger step up.
13 Posted 25/05/2020 at 12:33:13
We seem to have a relationship of sorts with Barca and we maybe content to allow them to use us as their Premier League advertising board. I think, for our teams needs and balance, that the Gabriel deal is the one we will be more interested in.
14 Posted 25/05/2020 at 15:33:37
We are crying out for leaders. We need a centre-back who will come in and be dominant. Captain material from Day 1.
15 Posted 25/05/2020 at 16:15:52
After watching him against Dortmund, I certainly wouldn't call him 'elegant'.
To me, he looks like a poor version of Mason Holgate and, based on his performance against Dortmund, he looks incapable of making it in the Premier League.
Now he may just have had an off-game but he did not look like a player we need to shore up the back line.
16 Posted 25/05/2020 at 17:09:51
I expect he's not doing himself justice in a messy Schalke side to be fair. But for all their faults Holgate, Mina and Keane are decent centre-back options so whoever comes in needs to be of real quality to get a first 11 place.
Todibo probably isn't ready but seems to have the potential to be very good. Gabriel Maghaeles might be ready now. And I can see why many think the best option would be to get Zouma if he's available. I still think midfield and right-wing is the real problem though.
17 Posted 25/05/2020 at 18:54:48
“There's a young player available for a few million, he might never be a regular though. What do you think?”
“Might as well sign him, if he doesn't work out then Brands will give us £20 million for him.”
18 Posted 25/05/2020 at 20:18:11
Robert #16, he's definitely tall and elegant -- none of Mina's awkwardness -- but in his entire career he's only played 1,600 top-level minutes. Only one full game for Schalke. That's a pathetically small sample to pay £22 million for.
Meanwhile, the Mail reports we have already secured Gabriel for £25m, which makes no sense if we're still in for Todibo.
19 Posted 25/05/2020 at 20:57:46
❌ not physically strong enough for the Premier League
❌ not left-sided
❌ inferior to Holgate and Mina
To me, he would be a 3rd or 4th choice centre-back, when we are desperate for a left pegger.
20 Posted 25/05/2020 at 21:32:29
By all accounts, he had one of his worst games for Schiller against Dortmund so best not to judge him just on that.
He's still very young and has the raw talents to prove a top-class centre-back though I tend to think we should get someone who's further on in their development.
As with a lot of transfers, the price and timing will be crucial. I think £20M+ for him now is probably not great business. Whereas if we'd secured him for £17M before Covid-19 had hit, I'd have said it's decent value for a very highly rated young centre-back.
21 Posted 25/05/2020 at 21:53:02
We need a dominant, aggressive leader to play alongside Mason Holgate. Age right now is not important.
22 Posted 25/05/2020 at 23:19:32
Carl, who do you have in mind and how much are you willing to spend for a captain-type? I think Mina is plenty aggressive, but he's no captain.
23 Posted 26/05/2020 at 08:02:35
- Vidic & Ferdinand
- Carvalho & Terry
- Baresi & Costacurta
- Ramos & Varane
- Puyol & Pique
All seems to suggest two right footers should be able to manage. Off the top of my head, only Montero & Ferrara (of the great 1990s Juve side) had left-foot + right-foot combo. There are probably others but, as Mike says, not essential.
Our problem is that none of Mina, Keane or Holgate look especially comfortable on the left. Holgate is the best footballer of the three so could probably manage with coaching and practice. Signing Gabriel Maghaeles would spare him the need to adapt.
24 Posted 26/05/2020 at 08:20:08
His spell in central defence for us improved Keane, and assisted Gana in his midfield role too. Both players game benefited from having Zouma in the team and they reciprocated that.
Zouma is proven and rock solid. I think his presence in defence inspires confidence in the whole back line. He enjoyed his spell with us , fans appreciated him , and he looked like he had found ,at last ,his football home . He wanted to stay. Chelseas transfer ban scuppered it.
Having a central defence which is very young will come with errors and risks that will cost many points. A bit of maturity and experience in there is important.
Getting Zouma in could be far and away the safest bet to ensure a stronger defensive unit.
25 Posted 26/05/2020 at 08:32:56
The trouble is that I think Lampard rates him quite highly so i'm not sure Chelsea will see him. And if they do it won't be cheap. Was really bad luck that Chelsea had their transfer ban last Summer as otherwise I think they would have bought another centre-back and let Zouma stay with us.
26 Posted 26/05/2020 at 08:38:27
27 Posted 26/05/2020 at 08:39:12
28 Posted 26/05/2020 at 09:16:32
29 Posted 26/05/2020 at 09:37:05
30 Posted 26/05/2020 at 10:20:23
31 Posted 26/05/2020 at 11:01:19
32 Posted 26/05/2020 at 11:25:02
If the Thiago Silva rumour has any legs to it, on a short-term deal, I'd take him. Pure leader! Sticks his head in, and dishes out a rollicking when needed. Forget his age, the guy is still better than what we have and would organize.
33 Posted 26/05/2020 at 12:42:32
I saw it on the “Everton Newsnow” webpage quoting the Mail Online.
34 Posted 26/05/2020 at 12:44:44
35 Posted 26/05/2020 at 13:45:01
Obviously Silva is a different calibre of player but leadership only works I think when coupled with the ability to improve or at least match the team. Perhaps he'd be an interesting option for a year or two whilst Holgate improves but he's not the biggest, strongest or fastest (anymore) of centre-backs so I'd question how well suited he'd be to the Premier League.
I think Gabriel looks a great shout. I'd be happy with Zouma. Salisu looks an absolute bargain. Kumbulla looks very good. Ndicka is a solid left-footed centre-back and either Diallo or Kimpbembe from PSG are decent too. Pau Torres may be worth a look too, bit slow maybe.
36 Posted 26/05/2020 at 14:47:04
I have gone on about our need to find another circa 20 goals from somewhere. And I wonder therefore whether I have too quickly written off Sigurdsson. In the right position, with a Gueye style player to provide the pace he lacks, he might be the answer.
I'm not sure Gbamin is the same energetic hunter / presser that Gueye was – so perhaps Sangare (who Sam likes) or Santamaria (who we've also been linked with) would get us back on track. It means playing 4-2-3-1 but it takes the pressure off getting another expensive signing to score goals. Zouma or Maghaeles but probably not Todibo then gives us the solid base we need.
37 Posted 26/05/2020 at 15:07:42
Tobido may have a promising future but he lacks experience at a higher level, and we need a top class dominant defender now. There are so many articles of the names of players we are going to sign that as has been said, it is just taken with a pinch of salt.
I will only believe who we are going to sign after he has had his medical and signed a contract, apart from that, just wonder why some of these journalists get paid for the trash they write.
38 Posted 26/05/2020 at 15:47:32
There can be no doubt that we have lacked goals from central midfield since Fellaini and (dare I say it) Barkley went and lacked physical presence since Gueye was let go.
Gomes. Davies and Delph are not the solution to our problems. They all lose possession in dangerous areas and none of them contribute goals. Tom has the potential but is too inconsistent. The other two are slow and lack goalscoring ability. The jury is still out on Gbamin but missing a whole season with that sort of injury will take some time to recover.
Personally I could live with our centre-backs as long as we bring in some heavyweights in midfield.
39 Posted 26/05/2020 at 20:04:59
I would mainly be keen on somebody of that profile coming as a winner and leader, I know it would only be viable for 2 years max, and we would hopefully not need him as a first-team regular for the second season.
I take your point with Ashley Williams but Silva has a medal haul and the captaincy of Brazil under his belt to get some gravitas immediately with the squad.
40 Posted 27/05/2020 at 09:20:31
If it makes sense financially then it could be interesting but I'm wary of aged stop-gaps. Samuel Eto'o springs to mind as another recent example. If possible, I'd prefer a younger player who can form a defensive foundation with Mina or Holgate for years to come but it all depends on the players and funds available, I guess.
41 Posted 27/05/2020 at 20:08:18
42 Posted 27/05/2020 at 20:30:12
I love Holgates attitude, nasty streak and passing ability but he is not the biggest but could easily become our DMF-he looked the part when played there.
I don't rate Keane at all and would sell him in a minute as he is too slow for me.
I also think we need to let Gibson have a chance to show what he can do.
I think Edouard at Celtic or Lascelles at Newcastle would improve us and could play as a combo or fit in with with those CBs we have on the books.
43 Posted 27/05/2020 at 21:35:27
Yeah, the guy did a pretty good job, but we actually had a marginally better defensive record in games he didn't start (8 games, 6 GA) than games he did (30 starts, 40 GA). And it's not like Chelsea has been defensively dazzling this season -- they're the second worst in the top half of the table. I've seen three goal-producing blunders from Zouma, and I don't watch them all that often.
Come on, Sam, Steve, Tony, admit it. If he'd never played for us, nobody here would even be bringing him up.
44 Posted 27/05/2020 at 23:03:08
45 Posted 27/05/2020 at 23:12:15
Fortunes spent on transfers working for a club who will pay whatever wage he agrees and he still hasnt signed a top player. Why on earth would anybody give more money to a guy who spends 110m on Mina, Gomes, Kean and Iwobi ?
We are eternal mugs for these highly paid foreign imposters. The gravy train which just keeps on rolling.
46 Posted 28/05/2020 at 00:11:04
47 Posted 28/05/2020 at 00:14:22
Personally I can live with the CBs we have plus Gbamin and Lewis and spend all available funds on a goalscoring MF player and a top class defensive mid.
No more nearly made its or over the hill or kids with potential lets just have some star quality.
48 Posted 28/05/2020 at 04:22:09
49 Posted 28/05/2020 at 04:28:43
50 Posted 28/05/2020 at 06:32:36
Many Everton fans were purring over Zouma's performances that season, especially in the last ten or so games. More than anything, he seemed to fit well with us and clearly enjoyed his time here. He displayed pace and power and started to make Keane look like a proper centre-back.
It's all about opinions, Mike, and mine is that he would slot straight in and improve us.
51 Posted 28/05/2020 at 07:50:22
His positioning is not great and he's not a leader which is why he needs the right partner and system probably. At Chelsea, he made a few high profile mistakes and was then in and out of the team but, towards the end, he got a run with them and began to look very solid.
He's certainly not perfect but I think he's pretty solid and is a known quantity who brings in some of the qualities we need in the centre-back mix. I'd be confident that Ancelloti could use him well but I don't see it happening as I think Lampard was beginning to rate him more highly.
52 Posted 28/05/2020 at 08:23:29
This is a thread discussion about possible signings and it's the ideal place to raise the point that: If we continue to employ people who are simply not good enough, to sign players who in turn are not good enough, we, as a football team, will never be good enough.
Half a billion squandered pounds would suggest that we have been guilty of this, a glance at our squad would support that belief. A look at our league position would simply confirm it.
The players I mention will be given more time. Brands himself will be given more time. It's what we do. We persist with the not-good-enough long after it has become blindingly obvious to all... Then we call them "deadwood". Then we pay someone who's not good enough, a fortune to come in and try to get rid of them all and start the process again.
Even in these dark difficult times, there are many reasons to be cheerful. Watching your club repeat the same mistake season after season isn't one of them.
53 Posted 28/05/2020 at 09:52:35
"We persist with the not-good-enough long after it has become blindingly obvious to all..."
Trouble is, it's not often obvious to all. And that persistence has benefited players that both you and I like.
Many on here decreed that Calvert-Lewin was not up to the job when he wasn't scoring much. But persistent opportunities have enabled him to show qualities that we both believed he always had.
I personally believe we will see a lot better from the likes of Iwobi, Mina and Kean. Some knowledgeable folk on here (like Steve Ferns) believe Gomes to be our best footballer (I don't rate him myself).
Our league position clearly indicates as you say that recruitment has not been an unfettered success but there could be many reasons for that: bad management, bad luck, a team with too much change and instability. I personally believe the Koeman & Walsh era left us with an unbelievably poorly balanced squad.
I like Brands so maybe that blinds me somewhat. He definitely did not have a great summer last year. But I can see the logic behind his transfer strategy and every signing, even if some have adapted poorly so far. I think most of his signings (bar Iwobi and maybe Mina) will be worth the same or more than we bought them for, or would be if it weren't for Covid-19.
It's a longer-term project for him and obviously, if we are still mid-table in 3 or 4 years time, then he will have failed... but I'm hopeful he will have a better window this summer (though lord knows what the market will be like) and that Ancelloti will start getting the best out of players like Kean, Iwobi and Mina next season.
54 Posted 29/05/2020 at 10:37:29
You freely admit you like Brands and may be blinded somewhat. You are not alone. I wonder what the reaction would be if a fella from Kirkby or Birkenhead had spent all that money on average players?
We don't have to look far to see what reaction a guy coming through the ranks would have gotten if they had performed like Kean or Iwobi. We have so many examples.
The criticism of Holgate and Calvert-Lewin was born out of total ignorance. It was as clear as the nose on your face that these two could play. They had all the attributes, Good assured first touch, confidence to take the ball in tight situations, pace, ability to pass. They were both prodigious workers too.
Holgate had been very impressive, but was hammered after one poor game. Calvert-Lewin was hammered by people because he was not scoring as a striker should, even though he was never used as an out-and-out striker.
The players Brands has brought in show none of these traits. Just as it was obvious Calvert-Lewin and Holgate had what it took, it's obvious that Iwobi and Kean don't. Even if Ancelotti does get the best out of them, they still won't be good enough to take this club forward. They simply don't have the tools.
Ancelotti knows a good player when he sees one. Let's hope he becomes more influential on the recruitment front. The thought of relying on Brands to identify the players we need fills me with dread.
3-4 years Sam? Too many Evertonians are getting old giving foreign imposters that sort of time.
55 Posted 29/05/2020 at 22:54:58
Football is usually a subjective spectacle (unless we are talking about Schneiderlin) and I genuinely see abilities in Iwobi and Kean that suggest to me there could be better to come if they are given time; though Iwobi does not fit easily into a 4-4-2 and is best as a No 10.
Like you say, Ancellotti knows a good player so it will be interesting to see who he plays this season and who he feels most needs replacing.
No doubt he will have opinions but I'm afraid Brands will be very heavily involved on that front as his job dictates. It will be a strange transfer window.
Add Your Comments
In order to post a comment, you need to be logged in as a registered user of the site.
Or Sign up as a ToffeeWeb Member — it's free, takes just a few minutes and will allow you to post your comments on articles and Talking Points submissions across the site.