Everton appeared at one stage to be very close to signing the Brazilian for next season around the time the Premier League was suspended but the move stalled amid uncertainty over what the financial landscape might look like for football in the midsts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the interim, Carlo Ancelotti's former club Napoli have emerged as suitors for Gabriel and it seems, for the moment based on his representative's comments, that it is a two-horse race for his signature if he is to leave France this summer, although Chelsea are also said to be interested.
Fernando Garcia is quoted by Area Napoli as saying: “Everton made a proposal to Lille at first, while Napoli made it later.
“We are waiting for Lille to let us know if they intend to continue [with Gabriel]. [The decision could come] in a few days, but in reality, I can't say when exactly."
Gabriel, 23, is expected to cost around €30m.
Original Source: Area Napoli via Sport Witness
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1 Posted 18/06/2020 at 07:48:19
2 Posted 18/06/2020 at 13:55:49
3 Posted 18/06/2020 at 14:05:24
However, I want someone who speaks English, knows the premier league, has leadership qualities and inspires confidence, can organise the back line, and is good in the air. That aint Gabriel.
4 Posted 18/06/2020 at 15:15:19
5 Posted 18/06/2020 at 15:19:53
6 Posted 18/06/2020 at 16:45:14
7 Posted 18/06/2020 at 17:36:20
8 Posted 18/06/2020 at 20:16:08
9 Posted 18/06/2020 at 20:39:01
I imagine the only way he comes to us over Napoli is if we pay either him or Lille a significant amount more than Napoli. He looks like a good fit but there are other options (just hopefully not Thiago Silva).
10 Posted 18/06/2020 at 22:54:05
11 Posted 19/06/2020 at 03:11:06
Surely if we miss out on the Korean, we can get another quality Asian centre-back in the mold of Li Weifeng.
12 Posted 19/06/2020 at 08:17:54
Anyway, I'm less downbeat than you, Colin, about our prospects. I think we will get a centre-half in. Probably one of Zouma or Todibo if the Gabriel ship has definitely sailed. If not, and we just get a veteran as a stop-gap, it might mean Gibson is earmarked to step up in a year or two.
13 Posted 19/06/2020 at 08:51:04
Centre-back is a position where experience really does count. While I support the club's long-term strategy of buying young for potential, developing the player and gaining resale value, I think we should consider bringing someone with more experience who has played regularly in a Champions League club. Sure there will be those who say "We could never sign someone of that profile for Everton," but they said the same about signing a top manager before Don Carlo joined us.
14 Posted 19/06/2020 at 09:12:15
Leicester, Wolves, Dortmund and Leipzig all have a fairly simple strategy and it works very well. We just need to copy it.
15 Posted 19/06/2020 at 09:30:23
We have been signing players who are simply coming here for the money, and not necessarily because they want to prove something. Do we honestly think the likes of Mina, Digne, Bernard etc would be here if we didn't offer them a fortune? They're naturally not going to give everything for the club.
Similarly, players like Schneiderlin and Sigurdsson, who have got big contracts in their late 20s.
Compare them to players who we've bought with a point to prove in recent times and some of the younger players, they give a lot more for the club and either offer years of service or a decent profit. Even the likes of Lukaku had a point to prove and we made £50million on him.
Moyes had it right at times with Cahill, Arteta, Lescott, Jagielka, Baines etc. They all came because they had a point to prove and not for the money.
16 Posted 19/06/2020 at 21:08:58
17 Posted 19/06/2020 at 23:19:14
We need a big, strong, pacey central defender that's consistent and doesn't make silly mistakes.
If they can also be a leader and comfortable on the ball, great as we lack leadership and most managers want central defenders to play out as long as it's not at the expense of sloppy, risk-taking play.
18 Posted 20/06/2020 at 10:49:35
Feels very likely that we'll get a centre-half in now. Probably a bit of game playing to keep the fee respectable. One of Gabriel, Salisu, Zouma or Todibo. All good players – albeit I could see Todibo in the role earmarked for Gbamin until he matures enough to be relied on at centre-half.
19 Posted 26/06/2020 at 09:33:06
20 Posted 26/06/2020 at 10:19:20
21 Posted 26/06/2020 at 10:38:25
Tough ask though with the likes of Arsenal and Spurs above us and with easier run-ins.
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