The Real Valladolid man has a £10.8m release clause and Marcel Brands could turn his attentions there if the oft-reported move for Gabriel doesn't come off according to FootMercato's Rablat Cedric.
Everton face stiff competition from Napoli for Gabriel, with one Italian outlet claiming that a fee and terms have now been agreed between the Serie A side and Lille.
The Toffees are also being credited with serious interest in Barcelona's Jean-Clair Todibo.
Original Source: MailSport
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1 Posted 21/06/2020 at 23:23:45
A part-exchange involving Sandro who's out on loan there would make a lot of sense.
2 Posted 22/06/2020 at 07:12:36
3 Posted 22/06/2020 at 09:16:53
He and Holgate could be our centre-back pairing for a decade if it works out. Although I thought Keane did well yesterday.
4 Posted 22/06/2020 at 10:47:06
5 Posted 22/06/2020 at 10:59:25
6 Posted 22/06/2020 at 11:21:09
7 Posted 22/06/2020 at 13:16:24
8 Posted 22/06/2020 at 14:26:22
9 Posted 22/06/2020 at 14:59:47
10 Posted 22/06/2020 at 15:33:30
Good chance he could be a £30m defender in 3 years time though he's not played a huge amount of top flight football.
11 Posted 22/06/2020 at 15:58:31
12 Posted 22/06/2020 at 21:49:36
I don't think we'll get €5M knocked off the fee for Salisu, Sandro might get us a bit knocked off the fee and put us at the front of the queue for negotiations. I think he'd be a decent signing, albeit less glamourous than Gabriel, Tobido, or Thiago Silva.
13 Posted 22/06/2020 at 22:48:47
14 Posted 23/06/2020 at 08:52:37
"Keane has improved a lot under Carlo.. he had some really good games before the Lockdown".
What, Iike the Chelsea game — where he was shambolic and possibly his worst of the season???
15 Posted 23/06/2020 at 09:04:51
Ancelotti has been the man to coerce the best out of the best; can he do the same for Keane? I doubt it. I think the guy will just not be one to handle the pressure and keep the mistakes out of his game. Perhaps he might flourish under the wing of dominant centre half alongside him, and perhaps that's why he's played better under Ancelotti as Holgate seems to be stepping up and doing just that.
I'd certainly look for a new centre-half and I'd be tasking brands with finding someone who compliments Holgate perfectly. Is that the Ghanaian, I don't know. I haven't seen him enough.
16 Posted 23/06/2020 at 18:15:46
17 Posted 23/06/2020 at 19:58:16
Don't know Salisu, but if Don Carlo thinks he is a player and the player himself wants to join us, that will do for me.
18 Posted 24/06/2020 at 10:37:52
19 Posted 21/07/2020 at 09:25:29
As a strong, quick, left-footed defender, I'm very surprised we weren't in the race for him. Could be that Brands is confident about Gabriel. Or maybe the emergence of Branthwaite has meant the need for a quicker left-footed centre-back is not as clear as it had felt before.
Either way, it's more good business by Southhampton and I can see him going to a bigger club in 3 years for three times as much.
20 Posted 21/07/2020 at 09:49:46
21 Posted 21/07/2020 at 10:22:41
Really we need a quick left-footed centre-back who can be first choice for us next season and it would seem a lot to expect Branthwaite to be that for us, despite his talent. That's why I'd have liked Salisu. Though I'll be pleased if we get Gabriel.
22 Posted 21/07/2020 at 10:46:47
I would almost rather persist with Keane / Mina for another 18 months with Gibson & Branthwaite deputising until they're ready.
It's not ideal because we'd have to play a bit deeper. But we do need to start thinking beyond the coming season - and shaping a side that can be really competitive from the 21-22 season.
In the same vein, I'd be happy(-ish!) to see Walcott and Iwobi share the right-wing next season if we bring in a 19-year-old prospect who could be Champions League quality in a year or two.
At some point, we need to stop spending big to make short-term marginal gains. This strategy has seen us deteriorate in the last 7 years.
23 Posted 21/07/2020 at 11:30:10
That's why Salisu would have made sense I think. The investment would have been relatively small and you'd have a centre-back ready to play next season. Then it would be down to Branthwaite and Salisu to see who turns out better in the next 3 or so years.
Sensible loaning out of young talent (like Chelsea do for the most part) should then mean that you end up either with someone ready to improve the first team or an asset you can sell for profit.
24 Posted 21/07/2020 at 12:01:47
Salisu may end up feeling like one that got away.
Equally that circa £10m saved might allow us to get someone top class in another position.
Brands has a difficult task.
Ultimately we'll only make the top 4 by having top 4 quality players.
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