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Man City also interested in Rabiot

| Tuesday, 09 March 2021 23comments  |  Jump to last
Everton continue to be linked with French midfielder Adrien Rabiot but now have rivals for his signature in Manchester City.

That's according to his agent who claims that the Premier League leaders have registered their interest in the 25-year-old Juventus man.

Vincenzo Morabito told Tuttosport that, "the Frenchman is on Pep Guardiola's Manchester City target list but he will not leave Juventus."

MailSport are one of a number of football transfer gossip outlets to suggest that Carlo Ancelotti made firm inquiries about Rabiot last year, hoping to link up again with a player who was in Paris Saint-Germain's B team when he was manager of the French club.

Rabiot appeared to be out of favour for a time at Juve but has played 32 times already for the Italian giants in all competitions this season.

Original Source: Tuttosport  


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Justin Doone
1 Posted 09/03/2021 at 22:37:09
A goalscorering midfielder.. get him in!
Oliver Molloy
2 Posted 09/03/2021 at 22:47:41
That was a great match, Rabiot not a massive upgrade for us in my opinion.
Justin Doone
3 Posted 10/03/2021 at 00:21:00
That comment was a sarcastic reply on another thread.

In short, he would be an upgrade on what we have but we need better, much better.

No way City want him unless they're thinking of playing him as a ball playing centre half, he's a big lad.

Robert Tressell
4 Posted 10/03/2021 at 09:36:40
I like Rabiot. Due to his size and the attacking talent at PSG and Juventus, he's often been positioned as a defensive midfielder doing the dirty work for more glamorous stars. My view is that alongside Allan and Doucoure he would have much more freedom to break forward. His physical attributes and talent suggest he could be very effective. A bit like when City released Yaya Toure from the defensive role he occupied at Barca.

All speculation of course.

And I'm not even averse to a system which involves a very aggressive hard-working trio in midfield with no number 10 goalscoring type. This allows us to leave an attacking trio higher up the pitch. It also allows us to release the full backs further forward. Rabiot could do this too.

Robert Leigh
5 Posted 10/03/2021 at 10:57:25
Just the sort we need to go with Doucoure and Allan.

I certainly have hopes for Gbamin or Davies to play alongside the above two, but unless we always play a diamond (which will require us to get an attacking RB) we'll need other, creative options to enable us to score goals. Hopefully next season:

Pickford
Aarons - Keane - Godfrey - Digne
Allan - Doucoure - Rabiot
James
DCL - Richarlison

Olsen, Holgate, Gomes, Davies, Iwobi, King, Simms

Brian Murray
6 Posted 10/03/2021 at 11:17:56
Slightly off topic... Carlo's son opening up about the Finch Farm regime. Tactics like throw-ins and fast out the traps obviously not high on the agenda.
Martin Berry
7 Posted 10/03/2021 at 16:28:10
I look forward to see Carlo's first two through in entrance in the summer. From that it will give a good indication of his preferred set up.
Will Mabon
8 Posted 10/03/2021 at 16:48:53
Brian - where have you read that?
Fran Mitchell
9 Posted 10/03/2021 at 17:08:36
Hopefully we'll be in Europe next season.

We'll need quality in depth, that means 6 quality midfielders at least.

We have Doucoure, Allan, and Davies. So that's 3, but none of Gomes, Sigurdsson, Delph, or Iwobi are the quality we require in those positions. Any of them in the team means a drop in quality, unfortunately. G'Bamin is an unknown quantity and can't be relied upon, and I imagine will spend next season on loan back in Germany or maybe in France.

So we'll need 3 midfielders. Rabiot would certainly be a great option. Ideally another would be more creative (an improvement on Gomes), and another would be in the mould of Declan Rice.

If we are indeed in Europe, it will also require 2 more attacking options (able to play both right and left) with Bernard and Iwobi leaving and Gordon getting another loan. King hasn't done much, but could be kept as an easy option in what will be a difficult window.

Add to that the need for a right back - Aaron's or someone. And a decision made on whether Nkounkou can be reliable back up at left back or whether we need to sign someone - not just in case of injury, but to challenge Digne for the role.

And making Olsen a permanent signing, or signing another keeper.

Europe will mean we need to invest in the squad, this heavy run of fixtures has just shown how a small squad can suffer.

Important summer, will need a mixture of experienced signings and youngsters. Hopefully some sales and some tough negotiation (spread payments, loans with obligations/options) can be made.

Drew O’Neall
10 Posted 10/03/2021 at 22:55:16
Sigurdsson isn’t really a midfielder, is he Fran.

Does your ‘six quality midfielders’ assume we will play with the likes of the three you mentioned all in the same team?

Up until now they haven’t all played together and we’ve played formations where one of those players (Davies) is cover for at least one of the others.

I would contest that we need lots of options but certainly at least one reinforcement of the same or similar profile of Doucouré because, if he’s out we are snookered no matter who else we pick.

Alan Johnson
11 Posted 11/03/2021 at 08:32:32
Just great to be linked with high profile players - The Carlos effect.
Dave Abrahams
12 Posted 11/03/2021 at 09:46:06
Alan (11), The Carlos effect,because of the injuries to Allan and James, Gomes and Sigurdsson have both played more games than those two this season, so I think it’s fair to say that we’ve got time out of Doucoure ans Godfrey this season, they both look like good signings with plenty of mileage in them because of their ages, they also have plenty of running and energy in them, just what the team needs, I think they have better signings than Allan and James up to now.

James and Allan were both brought in by Carlo because he had worked with them previously, Allan looks very good, when he is fit, James looks outstanding with the ball, but flits in and out of the game for long periods, also doubts about his fitness, big doubts.

Godfrey and Doucoure were both Brands signings, they look like, long term, better signings than the other two. I know know James is only a two year deal and Allan was bought with the present time much in mind, so their appearances are vital now, the longer they are here it, seems to me, the less we will see them, because of their injuries. Let’s see what Carlo’s future signings provide.

Derek Knox
13 Posted 11/03/2021 at 11:33:05
I haven't seen a great deal of him, but what I have seen, he does look quality and better than anything we have at the present, plus he is fairly versatile. Not one of these players, who if played out of their preferred position, the dummy flies out of the pram and a 'sub me immediately' performance follows.

No he won't be 'a rabiot in the headlights' either, my only concern, which seems to have prevailed wherever he has been, is that his mother does all his negotiations, and it hasn't ever gone down too well. Whether that is still the case, I don't know.

Gaute Lie
14 Posted 11/03/2021 at 14:30:54
We need speed, skills, goals, fitness ace and injury prone all in one midfielder. And age 22-26 woud be fine.

And I wish for Haaland..

Fran Mitchell
15 Posted 11/03/2021 at 14:33:17
Drew, exactly, Sigurdsson isn't a midfielder, but our lack of quality in midfield has meant we have played him there too often.

If we qualify for Europa, we will need options. As we aim to be building a team that can consistently challenge the top 4 and simultaneously compete on multiple fronts.

Personally, Sigurdsson is a luxury player. Worth it when they have James' talent, not worth it when they have Siggy's.

I'm happy he's improved, and hopefully his upturn in form will help us shift him in the summer.

All the top teams play with 3 midfielders, to different degrees. And that requires 6, or at least 5 options to choose from. Allowing for injuries, suspensions, rest and picking the best for specific games.


Bill Gall
16 Posted 11/03/2021 at 15:05:56
Scored a good headed goal from a corner the other day, in a cup game against a Spanish side. He was always finding space but I got the feeling the other Juventus players didn't like him as they kept bypassing him when he was in the open. He didn't do himself any favors, as he twice shot way over the bar from a good position,the last one in the last min with other Juva players waiting for a cross into the box.
He works hard on positioning himself for a pass and very rarely did he waste a pass,especially a long one to the opposite wing. I liked the way he played he seemed arrogant and was not afraid to tackle.
David Currie
17 Posted 11/03/2021 at 19:58:03
Carlo should try and get Pulisic from Chelsea, quick, has good feet, can beat players 1v1 and score goals and at a good age. He may want to move on if he can't get in their team.
Tommy Carter
18 Posted 11/03/2021 at 20:07:21
@17

Would be big money for Pulisic. But an unbelievable signing. He is going to be a world class player

Tommy Carter
19 Posted 11/03/2021 at 20:07:27
@17

Would be big money for Pulisic. But an unbelievable signing. He is going to be a world class player

Lester Yip
20 Posted 11/03/2021 at 21:59:21
I also read that his mom is the agent and too outspoken which lead to strain relationships. He's played for PSG and Juventus. Hopefully he's like Digne who would move on because of the desire to play regularly.

Right age, seems reasonably priced.

Fran Mitchell
21 Posted 11/03/2021 at 22:17:48
Pulisic will be on 200k upwards. And no chance, he's not currently playing because Hudson Odoi is in great form and he's still in his return from injury.

Such signings are not gonna happen.

It's a shame Lampard left actually, cause Hudson Odoi might have been an possiblity had he stayed, but now he's showing his potential under Tuchel.

Rather than Zaha, I'd like to see us go for Eze. He's got everything, and now he's got a year's experience in the PL. Think he'll be a big player in years to come.

Bissouma is another player too. And that lad at West Brom, Yoksulu, wouldn't be a bad back up.
also a shame we didn't go for.odegaard. but he'd still be worthwhile tempting in the summer after his loan finishes.

David Currie
22 Posted 12/03/2021 at 23:21:21
Fran,

Yes, Eze looks like a real talent and had a good season up to now.

Steavey Buckley
23 Posted 17/03/2021 at 21:45:12
In the 1960's I remember a time when Everton were one or 2 favourites to sign much-coveted players. Now, when other clubs desire to sign the same 'picks' I have less confidence Everton are able to compete for their signatures.

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