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Gabriel waiting on Lille

| Thursday, 18 June 2020 40comments  |  Jump to last
The agent of Gabriel Magalhaes says that he is waiting to hear if Lille are still willing to sell the player this summer before any decision is made over the defender's future.

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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Martin Berry
1 Posted 18/06/2020 at 07:48:19
Women can never make their mind up!
Tony Everan
2 Posted 18/06/2020 at 13:55:49
Sound like this may be “imminent”


Steve Ferns
3 Posted 18/06/2020 at 14:05:24
It makes sense if we sign Fraser on a free and can afford to splash big on a centre half. I like a lot of what I see about Gabriel.

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 ain’t Gabriel.

Robert Tressell
4 Posted 18/06/2020 at 15:15:19
Steve - might the player you describe be Holgate? He might be as good at least as anyone we could buy with those characteristics. The only thing he is possibly lacking is height and more games. Gabriel certainly has the height.
Steve Ferns
5 Posted 18/06/2020 at 15:19:53
Robert, I think Holgate can be that person. I agree with you. But he’s not there yet. And maybe a mature Holgate would be great with Gabriel. That said, wasn’t Ratcliffe younger than Holgate is now, and had played less games, when he became captain?
Robert Tressell
6 Posted 18/06/2020 at 16:45:14
Sadly, I only vaguely remember Ratcliffe and then as quite a worn-out veteran. Holgate could easily be our captain and an England mainstay by the end of next season. Still learning. But he's got a good coaching set-up to learn the defensive side from.
Tony Everan
7 Posted 18/06/2020 at 17:36:20
Apparently Napoli have agreed £22M with Lille, so if we match that it will be the player's preference between us and them. Unless Tottenham make a late bid too.
Dan Sanderson
8 Posted 18/06/2020 at 20:16:08
This big South Korean fella looks great though.
Sam Hoare
9 Posted 18/06/2020 at 20:39:01
The trouble is, when trying to get a quality of player that could perform in the Champions League, is that Champions League clubs also want them!

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).

Colin Glassar
10 Posted 18/06/2020 at 22:54:05
Signed for Napoli, apparently. Brands doesn't impress me tbh. Now we're linked to some South Korean defender. We're probably starting next season without another centre-back.
Kieran Kinsella
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.

Robert Tressell
12 Posted 19/06/2020 at 08:17:54
I'm not sure a Korean centre half could be thrust straight into the Premier League. Lots of excellent Koreans in Europe over the years but they tend to ease their way in via an easier league. Possible buy then loan out to Eredivisie maybe.

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.

Steve Brown
13 Posted 19/06/2020 at 08:51:04
Notwithstanding the attraction of Champions League football, we could price Napoli out of the running on the transfer fee and/or salary. The question I have is do we want to spend some a large fee on a 23-year-old when the profile of our current centre-backs is relatively young – Mina (25), Keane (27), Holgate (23)?

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.

Robert Tressell
14 Posted 19/06/2020 at 09:12:15
I would rather be signing players on the up who look the part (like Caglar Soyuncu did at Freiburg) than paying a fortune for those for whom Everton is a step down. There might be room for the odd free veteran like Barry but 27- or 28-year-olds from Champions League clubs are not the answer.

Leicester, Wolves, Dortmund and Leipzig all have a fairly simple strategy and it works very well. We just need to copy it.

Kevin Prytherch
15 Posted 19/06/2020 at 09:30:23
Robert - fully agree.

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.

Sukhdev Sohal
16 Posted 19/06/2020 at 21:08:58
If we don't get a centre-back, it's not the end of the world. I hope we sign two dynamic midfielders, like Allan and Sangare.
Justin Doone
17 Posted 19/06/2020 at 23:19:14
I don't know the player but a key position to improve.

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.

Robert Tressell
18 Posted 20/06/2020 at 10:49:35
Encouraging reports of interest in Salisu this morning. Very aggressive player. Very good too. Would close off Gibson's route to the first team as barely any older but him and Holgate could be an excellent (albeit youthful) pairing.

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.

Sam Hoare
19 Posted 26/06/2020 at 09:33:06
I'd take any of those 4 Robert. Gabriel would be my pick though, he was in the press yesterday saying that playing time and a coach that could improve him is important as well as getting into the brazil team which could bode well for us. Though he also mentioned wanting to play at highest level which may not sound like us!
Joe McMahon
20 Posted 26/06/2020 at 10:19:20
Again Sam it will bite us not being in (or nowhere near) the Champions League. He also may just look at what's happening across Stanley Park and think I want some of that. Carlo is a known winner in football at least, but he has a task on his hands trying to convince better players to join a team that have had no presence in Europe for a long time.
Sam Hoare
21 Posted 26/06/2020 at 10:38:25
Yes Joe, I think it would really help us if we could sneak into those 7th/8th spots and get a place in Europa. Not that these players are excited about playing in Europa but it shows we are on the right track.

Tough ask though with the likes of Arsenal and Spurs above us and with easier run-ins.

Sam Hoare
22 Posted 09/07/2020 at 10:34:35
Another English club bidding on him now apparently (according to French media of dubious reliability). Can't see this one going our way which is a shame as I think he would really compliment (and improve upon) what we already have.
Steve Shave
23 Posted 25/07/2020 at 06:51:51
Jesus, how long has this saga gone on for?! He's in the papers again today with every club and his dog interested...

Just sign for someone, lad, I'm over it already.

Sam Hoare
24 Posted 01/08/2020 at 09:02:23
Sounds like this may be rumbling closer to an outcome. The gossip online suggests that it may be between us and Man Utd with Napoli not having matched our £30M offer.

£30M seems a lot for someone who's had basically one good season after struggling on loan at Troyes and Zagreb. But he does seem to have some qualities that we lack, ie pace and very solid left-footed distribution.

Strange that we reportedly had a £22M deal almost wrapped up before Covid but, since then (despite not playing), his price has gone up!

Michael Kenrick
25 Posted 05/08/2020 at 10:36:07
More stories this morning, with the Daily Star quoting the dubious Football Insider website (these jurnos do dig deep... not!) and not providing anything new at this point.

The saga continues.

Steve Shave
26 Posted 07/08/2020 at 18:55:59
FFS – just sign for someone already! Jeez, drawn-out saga or what?!
Sam Hoare
27 Posted 07/08/2020 at 19:17:09
Steve, I can't believe he will choose us. If the other options include the likes of Napoli, Arsenal and Manchester United, even I'm not sure I'd pick us!
Steve Shave
28 Posted 07/08/2020 at 19:31:36
Nor would I Sam but I just want him to pick so we can all move on, its been rumbling on and on and it's not such a tough decision is it? If I were him I'd have signed for Napoli a month ago.
Steve Shave
29 Posted 07/08/2020 at 19:34:50
If we really do have as much of a hard-on for this guy as the press make out, then that does say a lot about Carlo's plans for next season.

I am convinced we are going to play with wing-backs and a midfield 3. If we do that and have both wing-back spots with good cover, then do we need the highly coveted right-midfielder? Gordon, Walcott and Richarlison can all fill in there if we switch formation.

I wonder if a wing-back and a centre-midfielder are now Carlo's priority signings? All speculation but I'm bored out of my tits with it all.

Darren Hind
30 Posted 07/08/2020 at 19:35:59
Have Napoli, Arsenal or Man Utd even made a bid?
Steve Shave
31 Posted 07/08/2020 at 19:52:09
Who knows, Darren??!
Fran Mitchell
32 Posted 07/08/2020 at 20:01:46
Steve Ferns,

"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."

I remember it was exactly those qualities that made us splash out £12 million on Williams. That was largely hailed as a coup. Then it turned out to be shit.

Those again were the qualities that took us to sign Keane. What a player... oh yeah, that hasn't exactly worked out how we hoped.

If we go for 'knows the Premier League', we are gonna get below average. We are gonna get has-been in the Premier League but isn't good enough for the top teams.

We've tried 'knows the Premier League' and it's failed (Sigurdsson, Bolasie, Delph, Iwobi, Walcott... endless list).

I remember when we were linked with Van Dijk and many on here exclaimed 'fuckin SPL ain't shit'.

I hope we sign players that are good enough, don't give a hoot of their current club. Championship? Scotland? France? If they have quality and come, great.

But 'Premier League proven players' that are good enough either won't come or will cost double their value.

Keith Gleave
33 Posted 21/08/2020 at 10:21:08
He was signing for Everton, covid stopped that. He was signing for Napoli, not happened. He was signing for Arsenal, put on hold. Of course this is paper talk and rumour but he and/or his agent would appear mercenary.
Brian Williams
34 Posted 21/08/2020 at 11:11:10
Gotta laugh over people becoming irate over this.

It's like arguing over fucking unicorns!

Eddie Dunn
35 Posted 21/08/2020 at 11:47:07
If we need a centre-half then why even consider one of these Euro boys with no track record in the Premier League?

Why not go out and get Dunk or Mee, or look at the stats for headed clearances (last season) top is Tarkowski, Fernandez (Newcastle) 2nd, Basham 3rd, Maguire 4th... oh, and a certain Keane 5th!

Robert Tressell
36 Posted 21/08/2020 at 12:05:25
Eddie, because (as you illustrate) we already have Keane who is v good at the things those others are good at – playing a deep defensive line for a limited team (apart from Maguire). And they would all cost big money.

What we really need is a tall, fast and agile partner for Holgate that allows us to play higher up the pitch which in turn allows the midfield a greater grip on possession and the chance to run in behind.

Ian Horan
37 Posted 21/08/2020 at 12:11:51
If we still need a pacey left-footed centre-back, get Zouma in. Current market will be better. Premier league experienced and still young.

Even test the water with if they want Pickford ??? We get Zouma and £10 to 20 mill; they get Pickford.

Steve Shave
38 Posted 21/08/2020 at 12:40:52
I'm with you, Ian, next best option for us is Zouma.
Tony Twist
39 Posted 21/08/2020 at 13:24:14
I have only seen Zouma a few times this last season and he was making mistake after mistake. Not enough of an all-round defender for me.
Kieran Kinsella
40 Posted 21/08/2020 at 13:59:30
Zouma is the new Manuel Fernandes. An up-and-down loan spell followed by a weird desire among some to vouch for his return every window as if he's the Knight in Shining Armour – even though he's not that good...

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