Baines announced his retirement after the last game of the season and it has left Carlo Ancelotti and Marcel Brands with the need to add experienced competition for Lucas Digne.
Niels Nkounkou was signed earlier this month for the Under-23s set-up and is not expected to be part of the first-team picture for the foreseeable future.
Reguilon, 23, was voted as the best player in his position in La Liga for 2019-20 during his season-long spell with Sevilla and Sky suggest that Everton won't be the only Premier League club interested in his services.
Update The Liverpool Echo have poured cold water on Sky's report saying that from their information, no bid has been made.
Original Source: Sky Sports
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1 Posted 31/07/2020 at 23:45:13
2 Posted 31/07/2020 at 23:48:00
Either we're gonna sell Digne to Man City or Chelsea for £60M and we can buy a couple of more players with the £40M+ profit.
Or, Moshiri and Usmanov are really backing Ancelotti and we're going to spend big on 4-5 positions and to hell with FPP, and we'll just pay the fine.
I'm not buying it that we'll go after a player who would want first-team football just to keep Digne on his toes.
3 Posted 31/07/2020 at 23:50:41
I haven't seen enough of him to comment on his defensive skills, but his Transfermarkt record says he collects lots of yellow cards, so he may need to spend some time in Defense 101 at Ancelotti University. But if he can defend his position, Digne has a problem. He cannot compete with this kid in attack.
Madrid is only selling him because they already consider Mendy the best left back in the world, and he's only 25.
4 Posted 31/07/2020 at 00:01:08
5 Posted 01/08/2020 at 00:08:28
6 Posted 01/08/2020 at 00:12:35
Good that we are looking at this level of quality rather than some of the no-marks we have been associated with previously.
7 Posted 01/08/2020 at 00:17:50
Full-back is an important position these days, and Digne does need real competition.
Or as some mention, Digne could be sold for a decent fee meaning more to invest (we need a right-back and 2 midfielders, and a winger plus maybe a striker and a central defender).
We're gonna be linked with all and sundry over the next 5 weeks or so. Hopefully we have the players targetted already and Brands is in deep negotiations – I just pray that, come Transfer Deadline Day, Everton are not one of the clubs running round to close last-minute deals.
8 Posted 01/08/2020 at 00:34:30
Ancelotti has stated that he wants to do business early so, providing we can get our first-choice targets such as Gabriel, I wouldn't be surprised if we brought in 3 first teamers in the next 2-3 weeks.
9 Posted 01/08/2020 at 00:34:52
10 Posted 01/08/2020 at 00:46:18
This guy is like a Deulofeu, but better! I think he would thrive and prosper in the Premier League alongside his fellow Countrymen.
Are we going totally Brazilian?I hope so!
Just ask Jay Woods (BRZ) about this guy, we have exchanged many a message on TW about the 'Spring Onion'!
11 Posted 01/08/2020 at 00:47:27
Derek – I'd love us to buy Everton Soares. A great player who would also do a great job selling shirts in the commercial department. Not sure he's the player we need for the right wing but he'd be a vast improvement on Bernard and Iwobi. It's feasible that he'd play on the left wing cos I don't see Bernard being with us next season.
12 Posted 01/08/2020 at 00:59:09
It could be all of the above that posters have mentioned. However if it was Digne's replacement because we can accept a big bid, then be my guest. It's smart and I wouldn't be against it, even selling Richarlison.
13 Posted 01/08/2020 at 01:20:08
Don't get your hopes up on Everton joining Everton.
On this side of the water the only gossip surrounding the player is that Benfica is looking to land him.
If you missed it, THE biggest football story in Brazil this last month was Jorge Jesus, having landed five trophies in less than a year at Flamengo, turning his back on them and returning to Benfica.
Probably can't go back to Flamengo and poach their best players, so has gone fishing for the next best at other Brazilian clubs.
Ask Steve Ferns why Jorge Jesus's return to Benfica is not universally popular with their supporters.
14 Posted 01/08/2020 at 01:47:20
15 Posted 01/08/2020 at 02:00:09
Reguilon is one of many youth products who never seem to get a fair crack at Madrid. But we have Digne ahead of him. The left-back cover is light but Reguilon is not going to come here to play 2nd fiddle.
If the link was to Rodriguez (the young Spaniard, not the Colombian), I could see that happening. Goals and creative passing, set pieces etc.
But Reguilon... no, unless Digne is being sold. Being objective, other clubs' fans will probably deem Digne and Richarlison as too good for Everton...
And finally on Cebolinha Everton, he reminds me of Ribery. Lovely player.
16 Posted 01/08/2020 at 07:00:52
I've only seen clips or read what Jay W, told us about him last summer, but he appears both lively and hungry for the ball, so I hope this is more than a rumour.
Just read a report about Frank Lampard, in The Guardian. He's definitely hungry, talks about his trust in Petr Cech, because he's a winner – he knows how to win, and although it was inspiring to read, it was very sobering being an Evertonian, even at half-six in the morning!
Whoever we sign must be hungry, and not just for money, because the bastards get paid an absolute fortune. This has got to be the remit for Everton FC now.
17 Posted 01/08/2020 at 07:25:15
If there is any truth in it then we will need to bid more than £18m and I can only assume that it means we will entertain bids for Digne. No way we are paying £25m+ for backup to one of our most reliable players.
18 Posted 01/08/2020 at 07:36:38
For me, this window is more interesting to see who we shop out. Of course, we then need to find good replacements, which is easier said than done. As I have mentioned previously, I would like to see us sell: Sigurdsson, Bernard, Iwobi, Tosun, Besic, Bolasie, Sandro, perhaps Mina and Delph. Get in a centre-back, a right-back, 2-3 world class midfielders, and a couple of loan signings for left-back cover and a striker.
19 Posted 01/08/2020 at 07:37:51
I don't know if Carlo or Marcel think Reguilon has the potential to carry us higher in the long term, or if they think they can sell Digne for enough to help finance a new midfield, but I'm not dismissing the possibility. From my glimpses of this kid, he is electric.
Or it could, as you say, be Sky Sports crapola.
20 Posted 01/08/2020 at 07:58:21
21 Posted 01/08/2020 at 08:04:54
22 Posted 01/08/2020 at 08:05:22
I don't know why it's suddenly fashionable to criticise Digne. Maybe blues sense his time is coming to an end, and want to say, “I never liked him anyway!” Madness if you ask me.
23 Posted 01/08/2020 at 08:11:46
You could be right at him being near his peak though. We could potentially sell him now for between £40-50M if Chelsea or City were keen and financially that would probably make a lot of sense. Though Ancelotti would surely be unhappy about losing his most consistent defender.
If we buy Reguilon for £20M and sell Digne for £45M then I'd say that's pretty good business. This is the sort of thing you see Dortmund, Lyon etc doing.
24 Posted 01/08/2020 at 08:35:11
25 Posted 01/08/2020 at 08:49:25
26 Posted 01/08/2020 at 08:52:57
I'd say there's more pressing areas in the park, that need replacement, certainly not left-back, but could it be to enhance competition...
It will be interesting to see if the young lad recruited in January gets to the fringe of the squad this preseason.
27 Posted 01/08/2020 at 09:02:35
We need to get some early fresh hungry faces in to put pressure on the deadwood and deadbeats as soon as training starts. Carlo has only signed Braithwaite up to now. I think that's why most of this squad know they're on the way out. Fingers crossed.
28 Posted 01/08/2020 at 09:11:05
I'm pretty sure Mike is talking about Ferland Mendy of Real Madrid and not Benjamin Mendy of Man City.
29 Posted 01/08/2020 at 09:22:54
We should be more concerned with keeping the better ones.
30 Posted 01/08/2020 at 09:36:17
Digne is a top left-back, there aren't many better in the Premier League. 27 is a prime age for a footballer, I am not bothered if he doesn't play for France ever again.
Quality of delivery may go unnoticed when we only have 1 guy who can find the back of the net. The cross-field pass for Richarleson's goal v Southampton is a case in point.
31 Posted 01/08/2020 at 09:55:31
The other side of the equation is that, as many mentioned, a top player from an elite club won't come to a mid-table team to be a reserve, so makes this rumour doubtful, again unless a fee for Digne agreed.
If we have agreed a figure to sell, then it has to be £50 mill minimum.
I've always said I don't mind selling some of our top players for a good profit, like sell 2 buy 3, as long as the recruitment is excellent. This gets the average ability of the team up more quickly.
If this rumour turns out true, then it works out well for us only if we get a good cash upfront deal.
Ideally, we keep Digne for another year to allow the team to go for Champions League this coming season with the new players, especially as he's the only player that can get a measure of Richarlison's runs into the box more than any other player in the team.
But if we take a good amount upfront in a cash deal, then we can buy another first-team left-back and right-back I suppose.
At this rate, we're looking at revolution as we've got midfield and possibly one centre back place in transition too – to play with Holgate, if we want to play on the half-way line and have more pace at the back.
32 Posted 01/08/2020 at 10:04:33
33 Posted 01/08/2020 at 10:10:25
I know he had injury problems but the real problem with him is a lack of football intelligence.
34 Posted 01/08/2020 at 10:28:13
35 Posted 01/08/2020 at 11:05:42
We have one of the best left-backs in the Premier League and have just signed a young French left-back. So why, with money being tight, would you spend £18 million on another left-back??
36 Posted 01/08/2020 at 11:12:28
37 Posted 01/08/2020 at 12:00:59
We need a centre-half with pace to finally replace Zouma, a central midfielder, to replace Gana, and a wide player to replace Walcott, Iwobi and Bernard.
If we achieve that and offload some of the deadwood, then it will be a good window and we might finish somewhere between 7th and 10th and accumulate 60 points in the season ahead. I would take your hand off for the above scenario at this point in time.
38 Posted 01/08/2020 at 12:04:35
39 Posted 01/08/2020 at 12:09:34
Surely they'll change targets now it's out this kid is available.
40 Posted 01/08/2020 at 12:27:09
Or Carlo is thinking of moving Digne further forward and playing both of them?
41 Posted 01/08/2020 at 12:30:38
42 Posted 01/08/2020 at 12:59:01
43 Posted 01/08/2020 at 13:06:38
But I'm disappointed that several fans are okay with selling Digne, one of our best and arguably most consistent players the last 2 seasons, on the back of a rumour of a relatively unknown player.
And fans have the cheek to say players have no loyalty...
44 Posted 01/08/2020 at 13:14:20
If we were to sell Digne and / or Richarlison this summer, we'd have to spend the lion's share of the transfer fee on an immediate replacement. The replacement (being bought at lower cost) is likely to be inferior to the player sold.
This is how you deteriorate. See post-Bale Spurs and post-Lukaku Everton. I can't immediately think of any clubs that have improved after selling their best players. But clubs like Dortmund, Leipzig and Atletico Madrid manage to stay at the same level because they have a strategy in place to cope with the inevitable departures.
The replacements need to come in the form of world-class youngsters who are developed (including by way of the loan system) so as to be ready at the likely point of sale of the player they will replace.
Digne might well hang about for a while because he's played second fiddle at a very big clubs already. It's at Everton that he's got his career back on track.
Richarlison will leave – quite possibly this time next year. His replacement should be bought sooner rather than later (unless the club think it might be, say, Lewis Dobbin).
45 Posted 01/08/2020 at 13:14:56
46 Posted 01/08/2020 at 13:32:13
47 Posted 01/08/2020 at 13:37:36
If a transfer story originates with Sky, then 95% of the time it's rubbish.
48 Posted 01/08/2020 at 13:45:46
Digne has said at this stage in his career it is a big opportunity and that he loves Everton but he would like to leave for the opportunity to play Champions League football.
Everton have agreed on the premise that we sign a quality replacement first.
[* That's if the whole damned thing wasn't dreamt up.]
49 Posted 01/08/2020 at 13:49:16
Sam #23, yes, that's what I was talking about. I'm NOT promoting that we sell Digne and buy Reguilon, I was just pointing out that this rumor is not necessarily outlandish if Carlo and Marcel feel that way.
Tony #21, as I said before, I love the guy and he's one of those in the side whose effort is never less than 100%, and his bombed long ball to Richarlison against Southampton that Rob mentioned was the club's best single pass of the season, no contest.
But I think his consistency in attack dropped off this season -- fewer accurate crosses, more giveaways on passes through midfield. At this point I rank him well behind Robertson and slightly behind Chilwell, which was not the case last fall.
50 Posted 01/08/2020 at 13:59:32
If the player is good and we like him, we say: “Oh, I hope this is true.”
But if the player is crap or we don't like him, we say “Oh, it's just paper talk.”
I love it!
51 Posted 01/08/2020 at 14:00:34
“But it highlights how hard it is to build up a squad. As soon as a couple of players start to stand-out, they will inevitably get looked at by richer clubs.”
So can anyone explain why this doesn't happen to Wolves? And Leicester have also been pretty immune. Meanwhile, we still haven't replaced Lukaku.
52 Posted 01/08/2020 at 14:02:25
1. The rumour is indeed an unsubstantiated rumour;
2. We are buying him to replace Digne;
3. We have lied to the young French lad and damaged our ability to purchase players like him in the future.
Personally, I hope it's not number 3 as I am often proud of our club for treating players and staff the right way, even if some call for them to be heartless mercenaries.
53 Posted 01/08/2020 at 14:15:36
I mean, we have recently played two left-backs while having two right-backs and two goalies on the bench.
54 Posted 01/08/2020 at 14:24:21
If he is not fudged off by the money men, then I trust him to get the right personnel in.
Oh and balls to FFP – just pay the fine in a couple of year's time.
55 Posted 01/08/2020 at 15:05:44
56 Posted 01/08/2020 at 15:21:35
"So can anyone explain why this doesn't happen to Wolves? And Leicester have also been pretty immune."
Raul Jiminez is off to Man Utd if you believe the rumours, and I've also heard Adama Traore could be in his way. Meanwhile over at Leicester it's not that long ago that Harry Maguire went to Man Utd and Ben Chilwell seems to have made it pretty clear he wants a move to Chelsea.
57 Posted 01/08/2020 at 15:22:33
Thats not true. Leicester have lost Mahrez and Maguire, Wolves are about to lose Jiminez.
These things do happen; however, we are not going to build a top 6 side by constantly turning over our best players and Digne is definitely one of them.
We need to build a side around Richarlison and Digne because they are the only genuine international class players we have right now.
We should remember NSNO and start to hold our club to it. Sir John was not one to sell off the family silver.
58 Posted 01/08/2020 at 15:30:17
There may be a slight relaxation in the FFP rules and that will allow some clubs to take advantage of it, but it will start to get out of hand, and Uefa will step in and enforce it by fining one club, and banning it from transfers for a couple of years – and we all know which club that would be.
Man City had the most expensive lawyers available to prove their case and were most probably just on the limits to be fined or banned.
59 Posted 01/08/2020 at 15:32:38
Leicester especially have sold players and maintained a good squad. Dortmund similarly. Sell and recycle and stay at the right end of their league.
That's what we need to be; if that means selling Richarlison and Digne then so be it. We lost the last player I felt anything for in Baines; sadly players are transient.
Selling the player is not the crime, not being able to use the funds wisely is.
60 Posted 01/08/2020 at 15:33:55
It hasn't happened to Wolves yet but let's see how they fare if they lose Traore and Neves.
As for Leicester, they fell back after winning the title and losing Kante and Mahrez. They rebuilt pretty quickly because they have an outstanding recruitment and development strategy. That's what I'm saying I want us to have.
61 Posted 01/08/2020 at 15:57:46
Digne's form may have dropped a bit since Ancelotti came but I think that was due to a formation change. Digne work is best when he has help from players ahead of him, his best form was when Richarlison was playing on the left side but since he has been moved as a striker Digne has to rely on one of the midfielders and the only one that has shown he can work with is young Anthony Gordon.
62 Posted 01/08/2020 at 18:28:14
63 Posted 01/08/2020 at 19:18:12
64 Posted 01/08/2020 at 19:29:04
65 Posted 01/08/2020 at 19:30:49
In the meantime, the stand-in for Digne might be a combination of Delph, a specialist right-back or possibly Branthwaite or Gibson (although I think the latter will probably be on loan again, hopefully to a Championship side).
Obviously if someone does come in with a massive bid for Digne (I doubt we'd sell for anything less than £40M) then the plan changes.
66 Posted 01/08/2020 at 19:36:00
For what it's worth, Kirkbride, the second least-incompetent Echo writer, agrees with you. He says Carlo is determined to keep Digne and wants a stop-gap to support Baines until the new kid is ready. Maybe the Branko Ivanovic rumor is true?
67 Posted 01/08/2020 at 19:36:31
68 Posted 01/08/2020 at 19:38:58
Did Heath win anything in the US or McCall in Scotland?
69 Posted 01/08/2020 at 19:39:11
70 Posted 01/08/2020 at 19:41:27
71 Posted 01/08/2020 at 19:44:33
I think within England you're right. Beattie, Rowett won nothing. Can't think of any others.
72 Posted 01/08/2020 at 19:49:24
As for Arteta, I believe he's only the second former Everton player to win a major trophy with a club other than the Blues, joining Joe Mercer who managed Manchester City. But I could be wrong on that.
73 Posted 01/08/2020 at 19:49:49
Ivanovic would be a weird signing as these days he's a very slow centre-half and was always a right-footer. I know what you mean though – there are a few (unremarkable) free agent left-backs who might be worth a season-long deal. One name stands out, however – Luke Garbutt.
It's so obvious now that we were too quick to let him go. The campaign starts here to bring Luke Garbutt home. It's his time to shine (albeit on the bench). He'd only be 32 at the end of another 5-year deal. It's win-win.
74 Posted 01/08/2020 at 19:51:23
Note for the USA fans that Pulisic became the first Yank to score in an FA Cup final. The ugly injury pretty much ruined the historic moment, however.
75 Posted 01/08/2020 at 19:52:54
76 Posted 01/08/2020 at 19:54:08
77 Posted 01/08/2020 at 20:28:14
78 Posted 01/08/2020 at 20:37:31
And I'm informed now that the first Yank to score in an FA Cup final wasn't Pulisic but Carli Lloyd scoring for Man City in the 2017 women's FA final.
79 Posted 01/08/2020 at 21:13:20
Difficult job for Ancelotti. Arteta has obviously got off to a really good start, good on him, but the Everton rebuild may have been too much for an inexperienced manager.
80 Posted 01/08/2020 at 21:19:44
81 Posted 01/08/2020 at 21:28:50
82 Posted 01/08/2020 at 21:32:15
83 Posted 01/08/2020 at 21:42:21
84 Posted 01/08/2020 at 22:33:35
85 Posted 01/08/2020 at 22:44:17
Reading through your earlier comments you said this about Leicester: “They rebuilt pretty quickly because they have an outstanding recruitment and development strategy. That's what I'm saying I want us to have.”
How on earth is Luke Garbutt coming back an outstanding recruitment and development strategy?!? Let's not get sentimental for players who don't make the grade because they are born and bred blues.
None of us should accept this mediocrity shit but instead should demand the best – Nil Satis Nisi Optimium anyone?
86 Posted 01/08/2020 at 22:52:13
Yep; good analogy.
87 Posted 01/08/2020 at 23:01:32
Also, if we picked up Willian, we could go for Everton Soares to play left-wing. If we got them two and lost Bernard and Walcott, we'd instantly score more goals.
88 Posted 01/08/2020 at 23:08:08
I've always liked Willian but the last 18 months he's evolved into Mirallas with few good performances.
89 Posted 01/08/2020 at 23:20:30
90 Posted 01/08/2020 at 23:46:22
91 Posted 02/08/2020 at 03:19:07
And you're correct about US keepers winning medals, only it wasn't just Howard and Friedel... Kasey Keller won the '97 League Cup with Leicester City, and Marcus Hahnemann won the Championship title with Reading. (He was later signed by us but never played a game... was released the same day as McFadden.)
92 Posted 02/08/2020 at 12:38:23
While I fully appreciate that, I am equally concerned that we are not following up the promising talent in Joe Geldhart. For the alleged £1M, I believe he wouldn't command high wages and could very well be an asset for the future.
While I also appreciate his youth and no experience of the Premier League, he has played in what many regard as the hardest League to get out of, the Championship.
He has scored once for Wigan in limited appearances, but has been involved in the England Youth set up U16/17/18 Groups and has scored several goals at that level.
It is being reported that a deal with newly-promoted Leeds is looking ever likely, I do hope we don't regret this in the future. After all said and done the last 18-year-old we got from the lower leagues has turned out a bargain in Branthwaite.
Other young players we never followed up spring to mind in Jarrod Bowen, David Brooks, to mention two, where we could have had for buttons, but chose to ignore and instead paid megabucks and long contracts on a series of flops... take your pick, too numerous to list!
93 Posted 02/08/2020 at 18:57:48
Leeds might be a good fit for the young lad since we have Kean, Simms and Dobbin. It would be great if we pipped them though; I do like these kinds of signings (as long as we have a good path to the first team plotted out).
94 Posted 02/08/2020 at 19:18:37
95 Posted 02/08/2020 at 21:20:02
Mikel Arteta will be allowed to make major changes to his Arsenal squad this summer, with as many as six first-teamers set to leave.
You just know what's coming, plain as the nose on yer face.
96 Posted 02/08/2020 at 21:30:44
I don't believe we are looking for players for the future – we need, need, need players who will be ready for the start of the season in September. They will need to take the place of some of the deadwood to improve the team and make a good start, as, knowing our luck, the first 10 games will be against at least 5 of the top 6.
97 Posted 02/08/2020 at 21:52:26
Just another close-season, then.
98 Posted 02/08/2020 at 22:04:14
99 Posted 03/08/2020 at 09:09:21
100 Posted 03/08/2020 at 09:34:02
Plenty of top quality players in the Championship and the 3 recently relegated clubs.
Bournemouth are not a big or rich club, makes sense to raid them for their attacking talent.
4 players in, 1 big name, 1 other starter. 2 squad improvements.
Personally I want a quality proven goalscorer but I don't think it's going to happen.
101 Posted 03/08/2020 at 14:09:20
With that in mind you're probably spot on about the destination of some of them.
102 Posted 04/08/2020 at 17:21:50
103 Posted 04/08/2020 at 17:26:14
104 Posted 04/08/2020 at 18:31:21
Rudiger was a top centre-back before his knee injury but he has looked simply awful for much of this season, and he was a train wreck in the FA Cup Final. At 27, he's probably a good gamble for somebody to buy on the chance he regains his form.
By the way, the Telegraph says Højbjerg to Spurs for £15 million is a done deal.
105 Posted 05/08/2020 at 21:30:04
106 Posted 05/08/2020 at 22:11:33
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