Carlo Ancelotti has indicated that he and Marcel Brands are aligned over what Everton have to do in the transfer market this summer in order to improve the squad and laughed off the notion that the club might be sanctioned over financial fair play rules in view of the failed Super League.
The Blues remain in the hunt for European qualification as they prepare for a vital Premier League match at Aston Villa this evening but their season has been hampered by injuries to key players and a lack of squad depth.
Just like last year, the Italian appears to be committed to making impactful signings in the close season but there has always been assumption that Everton would need to offload fringe players first in order to remain within Uefa's Financial Fair Play regulations and the Premier League's own profit and sustainability rules.
Outgoings are expected when the current season comes to an end, with Moise Kean topping the list of players who could be sold, but Ancelotti says the club won't need to wait for sales to come to fruition.
“The Premier League has to solve different problems than the financial fair play of Everton [because of] the fact that six teams wanted to go in[to] the Super League,” he told print journalists following his pre-match press conference in front of the broadcast media yesterday afternoon.
“First of all they have to take care of this and then, maybe, they can have a look at Everton. But we are going to look at ourselves.
“If they looked at us, with the problem they had with the top six that wanted to join the Super League, that would be funny. Of course, we will take care of our financial aspect but we can buy without selling players this summer for sure.”
It's not clear how big a budget Brands will be working with this summer but he and Ancelotti landed some key signings in their first close season together when they acquired James Rogriguez, Allan, Abdoulaye Doucouré and Ben Godfrey for around £60m.
Norwich City right-back Max Aarons who is valued at around £30m has been linked with a move to Goodison as has Brentford striker Ivan Toney who could fetch a similar fee. Moves for a wide player like Wolfsburg's Josep Brekalo and a central midfielder have also mooted.
“We're all agreed on the plan we have to improve the squad and there is no doubt we are totally focused on this,” Ancelotti continued. “We are totally agreed, from the manager, the club and the technical director, Marcel Brands.”
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1 Posted 12/05/2021 at 00:01:34
2 Posted 13/05/2021 at 01:43:41
Likewise, I wouldn't rejoice on the expectation that the Monty Python-esque football authorities wouldn't just find a way to seek out out one historic club to make an example of re FFP, "pour encourager les autres".
And I don't really understand why Carlo now feels the need to say anything of this at all at the moment.
3 Posted 13/05/2021 at 02:20:19
4 Posted 13/05/2021 at 03:32:00
Lol if he wasnt asked and just raised this topic for the fun of it then its time for Carlo to go to the funny farm. The problem with these news reports is they dont offer the context eg some troublemaker asking him the question to begin with.
5 Posted 13/05/2021 at 04:29:12
6 Posted 13/05/2021 at 06:30:01
7 Posted 13/05/2021 at 06:30:37
We have had too many summer's lately where we've paid over the odds on average players.
To be fair last summer was one of our more productive, Allan and James are really good players just not on the pitch regularly enough.
Godfrey is immense and I think Doucoure makes the side better when he's in it.
We just need a bit more pace on the flanks and another more reliable creative attacking midfielder.
8 Posted 13/05/2021 at 07:25:51
As for scouting gems, Jim, most are hiding in plain sight and known well to the clubs. The availability of information is staggering. You'd have to be a 15 year old playing in Gabon to go under the radar of the most sophisticated scouting networks. It just takes a bit of courage sometimes - and I guess that means trusting a scout's judgement
9 Posted 13/05/2021 at 07:36:23
What we need is a left footed right winger like Matheus Pereira. Premiership experience, right age (25), with a decent strike rate. With West Brom now relegated, they should be open to selling.
10 Posted 13/05/2021 at 08:21:11
11 Posted 13/05/2021 at 08:58:29
12 Posted 13/05/2021 at 09:31:27
Remember when everyone used plasters to open their nostrils, or covered their shirts in Vicks to improve breathing? Now its all arseing around in the penalty box on goal kicks, passing it out from the back (endlessly and mindlessly), having someone lie on the ground behind a wall - the most ridiculous one so far.
Theres no original thinking in football anymore. Whoever is successful the rest follow like obedient sheep even if they dont have the personnel to do it.
We have a brilliant young striker in DCL but we dont have anyone, apart from Digne, who can cross a ball naturally. God, if only we had Dave Thomas back DCL would be on 30 goals a season.
13 Posted 13/05/2021 at 09:39:47
I dont see the need for a CB as we have a few decent ones who will look better with a midfield which can retain possession and pass forwards thus relieving pressure on the defence. A creative CM and an attacking, pacey winger are paramount for me.
14 Posted 13/05/2021 at 09:50:42
So I think we definitely need 4-5 new players this summer and we can rid ourselves of at least seven players eg Besic, Bolasie, Walcott, Iwobi, Delph, Gomes, Kean, Iwobi and some of the kids who arent going to make it to free up funds.
15 Posted 13/05/2021 at 10:34:56
I would consider retaining, Gomes, Iwobi and Delph (if no buyers) for squad rotation or injury cover. Can Iwobi become a central playmaker?
Will we / can we sell Bernard?
I anticipate a good number of personnel changes this summer including a surprise exit or two, Carlo magnifico will be ruthless. COYB.
16 Posted 13/05/2021 at 10:56:22
Maybe until the mersey floods BMD from "dangerous" (sic Obama) man made climate change - in other words never 😳😳
17 Posted 13/05/2021 at 11:00:22
It's not easy to sell non performing players so I expect most of the players who are not out of contract to remain with the possible exception of Kean. Anyway, that's all for the end of the season, The only priority for now is Villa at 6.00pm.
18 Posted 13/05/2021 at 11:01:36
19 Posted 13/05/2021 at 11:16:00
He could hit the by line at full speed and still deliver a brilliant cross.
As much as I loved Latchie DT has to take a lot of the credit for his 30 goals.
20 Posted 13/05/2021 at 11:28:05
Vijay, Pereira has been very impressive, great control and technique, direct and theres plenty of goals in him, which we are crying out for. Just coming into his prime years too. He will certainly be moving on to some lucky club. If we can get him in with one or two being moved out (Iwobi) it would make us a more dangerous side. Has Brands still got Big Sams mobile number? Splash the cash on this lad. 25m?
Buendia would be a good buy for an attacking midfielder who can bring goals and assists whilst retaining some tenacity too. 30m?
I think that Allan is the no1 key player for us, we miss him when he is out. We need a back up to him to stay strong and consistent as he wont play a full season.
Aarons will be a quality long term solution at right back, and there will be other very good options if the price is too high.
If the signings are as well targeted as last summer we can push on next season. Maybe well even win the odd home game too!
I want the budget to be focused on giving us more attacking threat and goals.
Right back and a reserve midfielder for Allan can be just slightly less prioritised for the big spending. Hopefully Brands can work is magic for these positions.
21 Posted 13/05/2021 at 11:57:17
In which case hunker down for more of the same next season. The only good thing about this clubs predictability is not getting upset anymore, without expectation there is little disappointment
22 Posted 13/05/2021 at 11:58:29
Fuck the lot of you.
We are spending brewsters
23 Posted 13/05/2021 at 12:33:07
24 Posted 13/05/2021 at 12:42:21
25 Posted 13/05/2021 at 13:24:24
26 Posted 13/05/2021 at 14:04:11
27 Posted 13/05/2021 at 16:52:38
Centre half keeps getting a mention but we seem well covered so unless someone is moving on ?
Midfield we need a strong pacey type with a forward pass in him, Rabiot keeps getting a mention and it appears maybe deal can be done but this depends where Moise Kean ends up.
With the latter being sold along with possibly Bernard, plus several other players out of contract, a fair amount of money will be freed up from transfer/wages so I see where Carlo is coming from with his comments.
28 Posted 13/05/2021 at 17:10:58
29 Posted 14/05/2021 at 10:16:59
There are rumours linking us to the lad Anguissa from Fulham. He would be a solid addition to our midfield, I reckon.
I think there will be a fair few outgoings this off-season. There are some who have clearly not convinced when given the opportunity and Carlo will be looking to build his own squad.
Lots of fringe players out of contract and a few that we can still hopefully get a fee for, like Delph, Bernard (regrettably), Iwobi, and Gomes. I would even flog Mina off if we are getting a top class central defender in.
Oh and I would keep Kean if he's willing to stay and prove himself. With James pulling the strings in midfield, we could see more from Moise.
30 Posted 14/05/2021 at 18:33:35
31 Posted 14/05/2021 at 20:07:22
Oh well, fingers crossed for the unimaginable!
32 Posted 15/05/2021 at 21:14:53
Brooks and another similar would be great. Then we get a top-class right-back who can play and deliver crosses – that'd be a great step forward.
Outgoings... we can argue about a few players but the biggest sellers would be Moise Kean and Mina.
£65M IN and £90M OUT. Not bad.
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