Everton are rumoured to be weighing up alternative targets to Max Aarons after talks to bring the highly-rated full-back to Goodison Park from Norwich ended without success.
According to Fabrizio Romano, football correspondent for The Guardian and Sky Sports Italia, there is no chance of the 21-year-old joining his former team-mate Ben Godfrey at Everton amid whispers the club balked at the £30m asking price.
In the meantime, there is renewed talk in interest from Marcel Brands in Lille right-back Zeki Çelik who has been linked with the Blues before.
Ridle Baku of Wolfsburg is another name that has been bandied about in connection with Everton but there is, as yet, no reliable speculation suggesting he is a solid target for the club.
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1 Posted 27/05/2021 at 22:08:16
This summer will fly over and Marcel and his team will it seems, have their work cut out to fill this requirement amongst several other positions in the squad.
2 Posted 27/05/2021 at 22:32:52
3 Posted 27/05/2021 at 22:33:47
The major investment will be on the right winger/forward and an attacking midfielder. The team needs goals.
If they are turning their back on signing Aarons it tells me that Brands has got a few irons in the fire that he rates as highly but will cost less.
Moise Kean will be sold to help funding and I think there will be one or two more regulars sold. Richarlison? He alluded last year to giving it one more year, he may want the move if one of the big continental clubs comes in. Mina too may want to move on and we may accept to get a quicker, quality CB in. If these nuclear options come to pass we will be looking at a very different Everton for 21/22.
Brands also needs to move on Bernard and Delph who are massive earners but contribute very little. Gomes and Iwobi are on long contracts so they may be more difficult. Sigurdsson contributes more than those four and Id keep him in the squad, unless we get a decent fee.
Its going to be a big summer for us, the Rumour Mill will be working overtime.
4 Posted 28/05/2021 at 00:57:50
If Brands doesnt deliver this summer, and not a few TDD panic buys then he needs to go.
5 Posted 28/05/2021 at 01:28:24
We baulk at 60m plus players and then wonder why we cant make the top 4.
Go for the best in every position we are trying to fill or just give the kids a chance.
The Delphs, Iwobis and Gomes of this worls are nowhere near good enough to get us among the elite and are a major drain on the wage bill.
Why would you want more of that and not a few top class additions instead.
6 Posted 28/05/2021 at 01:50:23
7 Posted 28/05/2021 at 02:17:24
If the Baku rumor has any substance, I'll be a very happy guy. I've only seen him once or twice, but the kid is absolutely explosive. Better prospect than Aarons in my opinion.
8 Posted 28/05/2021 at 02:42:23
Yeah the attacking part is my main concern. We lack “productivity” as Ronald would say and adding another player albeit a RB who adds little to nothing in that respect doesnt make sense to me.
I really dont know anything about Baku unless we are talking the Azerbaijani capital. Even though the German league is better, somehow aside from England; and Italy Ive always kept an eye on France. But if you reckon hes decent I trust your judgement on him. Hopefully hes cheaper than Aarons too
9 Posted 28/05/2021 at 03:28:22
And they go with Lamela over Lanzini for #1, which is so wrong.
10 Posted 28/05/2021 at 06:46:49
11 Posted 28/05/2021 at 07:10:29
I guess the premium of buying English (for whatever reason) and Norwich getting promoted has possibly made this a no-go. We shall see, but as soon as I saw Norwich were pretty much nailed on for Premier League football, thought it would make this one difficult. Totally different negotiating stance from when we signed Godfrey from them.
I'd turn my attention to the continent now and find a right sided Lucas Digne.
12 Posted 28/05/2021 at 07:29:43
I think this probably makes the lad Emerson from Barcelona a more likely move. Seeing as barca have now bought him in full from the third party you would expect thags with a view to sell on given the have dest and Roberto in that position.
They will be looking to sell players to raise funds and Brands seems to have a good relationship with the club in the past.
I also think Emerson offers more going forward than names put forward so far and would more suit a 5 at back formation. Which personally I think suits us as other than Godfrey I don't think any of our other CBs are quick enough to play in a back 4 and Carlo sees that.
13 Posted 28/05/2021 at 07:48:30
Colin @ 4, Do I detect you don't like Iwobi ? :-) Mind you, you do have a point, and I often wonder what possessed Brands to even consider paying the vast amount for him apart from appeasing, or trying to, as a TDD surprise!
14 Posted 28/05/2021 at 07:50:09
Ridle Baku is exciting. Very dynamic and doesnt stop running. But hes played most of this season as a winger rather than full back. Hes quite short (like Aarons) and may be suspect defensively. Though hed still be my preferred choice.
Emerson from Betis/Barca looks a very rounded player and there is also Dumfries, Junior Sambia, Mukiele, Centonze, Ngakia, Tete etc
One right back Id be tempted to gamble on is Gabriel Menino from Palmeiras, hes played a lot in central midfield but has featured at right back and looked very accomplished when Ive seen him. Perhaps our Brazil watchers could tell us more.
Another South American is Montiel at River Plate who could prove a cheaper but very effective option.
Will be tricky as there are a few clubs possibly looking for right backs including PSG, Arsenal and Tottenham.
15 Posted 28/05/2021 at 07:54:50
16 Posted 28/05/2021 at 08:03:34
17 Posted 28/05/2021 at 08:37:20
I guess they thought with more regular football he'd only get better. If we get half our money back it will be a miracle. Perhaps we can try and fleece a promoted side like Watford.
18 Posted 28/05/2021 at 08:46:20
19 Posted 28/05/2021 at 09:01:26
Godfrey ✅ Hit
Allan ✅ Hit
No disasters there. Im optimistic.
20 Posted 28/05/2021 at 09:12:09
Dont get me wrong, Im all for uncovering gems but sometimes theyre staring you right in the face eg Maddison (Norwich), VVD (Celtic), Ali (Milton Keynes), Robertson (Hull), Bellingham (Birmingham) etc... Young players who were widely covered in the media before their moves to bigger clubs. Players (most of them) we were actually linked with but nothing came of it.
Yes, weve had our own moments, Stones, Lescott for example but for everyone one of them weve had an Iwobi, Ramirez, Tosun, Bolasie etc..who we couldnt move with a fucking bulldozer!!
If we want to reach for the stars then wed better start getting some otherwise well just keep on surviving and hoping for a better day.
21 Posted 28/05/2021 at 09:18:39
Re JJK I'd love him to come good but followed his progress via Celtic fans forums and they really don't want to make his loan permanent.
22 Posted 28/05/2021 at 09:29:37
Offers a younger alternative to Coleman just about and has a much better crossing ability.
Aarons would be my choice however because he knows the British league.
We don't want to be messing about blooding in a player and losing another year because they can't acclimate the pace and frenetic nature of the league.
23 Posted 28/05/2021 at 09:48:17
On the RB matter, going in for Kieran Trippier, as a stop gap, might help us spend big on an attacking player.
Marcel has a very busy summer ahead of him.
24 Posted 28/05/2021 at 10:01:00
What worries me Colin is I don't think the club wants to reach for the stars!
25 Posted 28/05/2021 at 10:01:48
So lets have a serious look at our academy set up filled with ex players who won next to nothing between them what a great inspiration to the young players they are coaching.
26 Posted 28/05/2021 at 10:03:06
If you look at what we done last summer, that seems to have been the strategy. Hopefully we repeat that this summer.
On the top of his game question. I'd add Kanchelskis to that. Although he always seemed to have a transfer agenda wherever he went, but no denying he was a top player.
27 Posted 28/05/2021 at 10:27:31
The only Brands buy Ive been 100% happy with, so far, has been Godfrey. The others (Digne, Doucoure, Allan, James etc...) have been so bloody inconsistent.
Some young players you can just sense they are going to become superstars eg Foden, Stones, Bellingham, Mount, TAA etc... from the very start of their careers but, you have to take a chance on them if you believe in them ie 16 year old Wayne Rooney.
28 Posted 28/05/2021 at 10:35:18
The other thing to remember here is this is all paper talk so far and no one other than Brands and Ancelotti know the full story
29 Posted 28/05/2021 at 10:38:50
I was always disappointed in our collective attitude towards Stones. You're right. He was one of those you could see was destined to win things and go to the top. I know it was also timing that it was never to be with Everton, but we didn't help our cause. We slated him for his attitude and hissy fit at the Park End, but I'm sure that was a lot of his frustrations as a player coming out at the time too.
Fair assessment on the signings. Only Ben Godfrey has been consistent. Please let's give him time as he too (like Stones) is a young centre back learning his trade in an area of the pitch where mistakes are made all the more glaringly obvious when they happen. And they will.
The others. They're all good players. Surrounded by better ones than they are currently, we have some good foundations and like you call out, be more consistent. Good players, good teams are consistent.
30 Posted 28/05/2021 at 12:48:16
Who we get depends on whether we need a full-back or a wing-back. I don't like 3 centre-backs because opponents pin our full-backs and our midfield then drops too deep. As we play two defensive midfielders, we then end up with eight players in our own half!
I think we need a full-back with pace who can overlap, not a wing-back. Then we need some pace and aggression in midfield so we can dominate teams, not just look to play on the break.
It'll be a long summer and we'll be linked with every player out there. Hopefully Brands gets in some more solid young players like Godfrey; otherwise, we won't progress. Injury-prone older players with big wage bills need to be avoided like the plague, eg, Agüero. James is enough of that already!
31 Posted 28/05/2021 at 14:04:15
No one knows if young players will ever fulfill their potential but if you dont try youll never know.
32 Posted 28/05/2021 at 14:56:59
33 Posted 28/05/2021 at 15:08:58
34 Posted 28/05/2021 at 15:55:03
35 Posted 28/05/2021 at 16:11:15
36 Posted 28/05/2021 at 16:14:51
Carreer rapidly dwindling
37 Posted 28/05/2021 at 16:49:27
38 Posted 28/05/2021 at 17:40:31
39 Posted 28/05/2021 at 17:44:27
40 Posted 28/05/2021 at 20:17:20
41 Posted 29/05/2021 at 17:17:37
42 Posted 29/05/2021 at 17:49:13
So, with Tavernier, we can replace our 32-year-old right-back with a 30-year-old right-back who has played a handful of Premier League games in his career?
I am starting to worry about you. Your notion of Stevie G as manager, now this lad. Are you in fact Walter Smith in disguise trying to recreate the glorious late '90s at Everton?
43 Posted 29/05/2021 at 18:42:27
As for slippy as Gaffer?????...WRONG!!!!.
So fucking wrong...I was thinking you were a smart Blue too...sigh.
44 Posted 29/05/2021 at 18:51:06
45 Posted 29/05/2021 at 18:51:11
46 Posted 29/05/2021 at 19:05:13
He has looked outstanding every time he plays and is so quick getting forward.
Just what we need IMO.
47 Posted 29/05/2021 at 19:25:43
48 Posted 29/05/2021 at 22:06:54
I hope that Mr Fry has got his facts wrong then...Carlo wasting more of Moshiri's dosh...jeez.
49 Posted 31/05/2021 at 15:03:01
My suggestions for our right side would be to get Doherty and Traore teamed up again. Not happened for Doherty at Spurs and might be time for Traore to move on from Wolves now the manager has gone. Ready-made partnership with Premier League experience and players we could realistically attract.
50 Posted 31/05/2021 at 15:07:55
51 Posted 31/05/2021 at 15:15:31
Lazy and poor touch many said whilst he was an Everton player.
A striker who consistently will score 20 goals a season. That's what you ultimately want from your main striker.
52 Posted 31/05/2021 at 15:23:16
53 Posted 31/05/2021 at 15:32:17
Better players than him needed to transform the club.
54 Posted 31/05/2021 at 16:04:38
The older you buy such players, the sooner they need to be replaced. It means we're constantly having to rebuild a squad rather just invest in a few key positions – and with a seriously over-stretched transfer budget for the rebuilding.
That's not me saying Traore is no good – I'm just saying he's the sort of expensive mid-table type we've been buying since Moshiri took over; £250m net spend later and we're 10th in the Premier League.
55 Posted 31/05/2021 at 17:12:43
Our football is so fucking poor at the moment, the players need to be drilled on fitness as well as the basics of pass and move.
As for outgoings... jeez, where to start!?
56 Posted 01/06/2021 at 07:28:23
57 Posted 01/06/2021 at 07:52:55
I too would welcome Lukaku back, but let's be realistic... We don't play two strikers up front nor does it look like the club are looking to replace Calvert-Lewin as our first-choice striker.
Personally I would rather we take a punt on Danny Ings, who knows where the goal is, and can be used as backup, or in rotation with Calvert-Lewin. I don't think he'd have any issue warming the bench.
As for right-wing, would prefer Matheus Pereira (West Brom) or Jonathan Ikone (Lille) rather than Traore. Either one of them would improve our attack, and are both at the right age and value.
58 Posted 01/06/2021 at 08:41:44
59 Posted 01/06/2021 at 08:48:34
And whatever we do, pray Pedro isnt recruited in the summer!
60 Posted 01/06/2021 at 08:49:32
61 Posted 01/06/2021 at 09:10:19
Zero chance of the likes of Ings, Ward-Prowse, Phillips and Dunk. These are neither Brands nor Ancelotti type signings – and it's hard to see why they would want to swap their present clubs for 10th place Everton.
62 Posted 01/06/2021 at 11:08:17
Yes agree I think Ancelotti will only play one up front, but then again I would rather Lukaku than DCL just for the simple fact Lukaku finishes better.
But you are right and DCL is and will be our main striker from now on and Ancelotti will only be looking for a backup type. Ings is a good shout although can be injury prone himself.
63 Posted 01/06/2021 at 11:46:46
64 Posted 01/06/2021 at 23:55:52
It doesn't matters who the new manager is, we all know what's needed.
Moshiri and Brand's to identify best managerial candidates. Mancini, Lampard, Wenger..
Carry on, we may change the plumber but we know what's needs fixing and how to fix it. Hard work, experience, proven winner.
65 Posted 03/06/2021 at 22:40:52
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