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Everton interested in Brighton's Maupay

| Thursday, 26 August 2021 33comments  |  Jump to last
In one of the more left-field reports of the window, Sky Sports claim that Everton are targeting Brighton striker Neil Maupay but will likely be stymied by FFP constraints.

The Blues have been on a sell-to-buy footing all summer and have so far only managed to offload Bernard for around £750,000.

Rafael Benitez is said to be after striking reinforcements and had been linked with a move for Salomon Rondon but now Sky are suggesting that Maupay is in the frame.

The same report also resurfaced speculation that Everton are after Burnley winger Dwight McNeil but he, too, would be difficult to acquire without some out-going transfers to fund the deal.



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Brian Ronson
1 Posted 26/08/2021 at 17:39:21
Maupay would only have legs if Richarlison was on his way. We would have to chuck shed lots of money at Brighton (like PSG would at Everton to release Richarlison).

Not as fanciful as it first appears...

Bill Gienapp
2 Posted 26/08/2021 at 18:34:32
Maupay isn't bad, but would almost certainly be a prime example of having to overpay to get an established Premier League player. There are comparable talents out there that would be far cheaper – dig into that 3,000-name database, Rafa!
Jack Convery
3 Posted 26/08/2021 at 18:39:01
Bissouma? Yes... but not this fella.
Brian Williams
4 Posted 26/08/2021 at 18:58:05
Just our Psy Ops department doing their stuff before Saturday's game.
Brent Stephens
5 Posted 26/08/2021 at 18:59:55
Brian, many a true word spoken in jest! You never know. A decent player but for how much?
Soren Moyer
6 Posted 26/08/2021 at 19:46:07
Sky Sports also claims that Brands has transfer-listed Holgate, Kean, James, Delph, Branthwaite, Jonjoe Kenny and Cenk Tosun to raise funds for transfers and comply with FFP rules!

As there is only 5 days left from this transfer window, I'd say good luck with that!

Brent Stephens
7 Posted 26/08/2021 at 19:48:45
Soren, the Branthwaite part of that is the least believable for me. Maybe that's because I think he still has potential. A tad more than Delph!
Soren Moyer
8 Posted 26/08/2021 at 19:51:40
Brent, don't worry. Nobody will take any of them during this window. So they are staying put.
Brent Stephens
9 Posted 26/08/2021 at 19:55:22
That's my fear, Soren!
Dale Self
10 Posted 26/08/2021 at 19:57:21
Time to dust off a few more Joseph Technicolor Dreamcoats to sweeten some deals, this time out-going though.
Robert Tressell
11 Posted 26/08/2021 at 19:58:39
Maupay cost £22M, has scored 20 goals in 76 Premier League games, is 25 and has a contract to 2023.

What would he cost now?

£30M?

With a few days to go if we sell Richarlison?

£35M? £40M?

He is exactly the sort of player we have been buying - really the very worst value in world football.

There are dozens and dozens of players equal to or better than Maupay who are (a) cheaper (b) younger (c) with the potential to go much higher.

Soren Moyer
12 Posted 26/08/2021 at 19:59:26
Brent, good one 😂.

Robert, this club will never learn. Wasting money on panic buys when there are loads of decent younger, hungrier players being picked up by other clubs around the world.

Kevin Dyer
13 Posted 26/08/2021 at 20:10:42
Hopefully one from the No Chance transfer rumours bin.

I read he's "Premier League proven". As what, exactly? 10 goals 1st season, 8 last. Before the flukey 2 in 2 at the start of the campaign, he hit a mighty 18 in 74 Premier League games, or less than 1 goal per 4 matches, which to me demonstrates that he is not a Premier League proven striker!

Brighton's problem has been an inability to convert chances while this joker has been their primary striker...

Ralph Basnett
14 Posted 26/08/2021 at 20:31:07
Just No!!!!!!!
Joe McMahon
15 Posted 26/08/2021 at 20:38:56
Richarlison seems happy at the moment and then PSG come knocking. It's an impossible job for the manager.
Fran Mitchell
16 Posted 26/08/2021 at 21:06:21
Holgate is understandable. And maybe in Branthwaite it's seen as a way to make a decent profit considering the cost just £750k. Also, Kenny being an academy graduate; any money from their sales is pure profit and can all be invested. Say £5-10M for Holgate, and £5M apiece for Kenny and Branthwaite. Potentially £20M.

Kean, James and Delph are all big wages and not really what we need (although I do love seeing James when he plays, I can understand that he isn't what we need). So removing their wages and potentially another £10-15M to spend through their sales.

In terms of Maupay, he seems like someone who has underachieved. Misses too many chances, but has undoubtedly got ability. But his fee would be too high for what he offers, I think.

I would prefer a bid for Edouard from Celtic.

Tony Everan
17 Posted 26/08/2021 at 23:28:18
I can't see this happening...

He's a decent player but, to me, he hasn't done enough or shown he has the potential to improve enough. There are surely better options for the kind of £30M fee Brighton would do business at.

The signing wouldn't exactly be inspirational work from Brands. As Jack has said at #2, Bissouma is their best player and the man to target from Brighton.

Brian Wilkinson
18 Posted 26/08/2021 at 23:37:04
Robert @11,

For me, we missed out on a bargain in Danny Ings, for less than £20 Million. If he can put his injuries aside, he will bang the goals in again this season.

Lester Yip
19 Posted 27/08/2021 at 01:23:29
Maupay is the type of player that would compliment Calvert-Lewin. But, as others have pointed out, not a smart move to buy high. I would rather punt the money (if there is any) on a couple of younger players 21-ish (eg, Jebbison) instead.
Paul Kernot
20 Posted 27/08/2021 at 01:23:31
He already is, Brian (#18). He scored a typical Ings goal on Saturday. If we're actually going to get in a back-up striker, he'd have been perfect.
Andrew Brookfield
21 Posted 27/08/2021 at 01:25:15
I've always liked the look of Maupay, he's like a shitter version of Calvert-Lewin: strong, fast, powerful. His goal record concerns me though, especially given he's in a Potter team with a ridiculous xG.
Jamie Sweet
22 Posted 27/08/2021 at 03:23:06
I know Brighton fans who would drive him to Finch Farm themselves. With that in mind, and considering the fee that would be involved, I'm hoping this one hasn't got legs.

As Robert #11 says, there absolutely has to be better players offering greater value out there.

Paul Kernot
23 Posted 27/08/2021 at 03:38:16
Jamie #22. I reckon you'd do a better job mate. I've seen what you're capable of when fit and available. Poetry in motion. I never had an ounce of your skill sadly, I just worked my nuts off in a game I've loved since I could walk.
Kieran Kinsella
24 Posted 27/08/2021 at 03:51:53
Maupay is in my fantasy team. 2 goals in 2 games. He's no good to me on the Everton bench.
Nicholas Ryan
25 Posted 27/08/2021 at 04:37:55
When he wants an increase in salary, does he ask for Maupay?

Okay, going...

Kieran Kinsella
26 Posted 27/08/2021 at 04:45:42
Nicholas @25,

LMAO. Post of the week!

Kunal Desai
27 Posted 27/08/2021 at 05:12:23
Covid has impacted club finances across the globe. I expect very little movement in the market between clubs over the coming days. We are not going to see millions being spent on deadline day. Step back and realise how all businesses across the world have suffered financially due to this pandemic.

With regards to us, I would not be surprised if our only business is bringing in a right-back, perhaps on loan or for a small fee, and James moving on.

Mike Gaynes
28 Posted 27/08/2021 at 06:01:47
Nicholas, I thought of the same line. But I didn't have the guts. Salut!
Ralph Basnett
29 Posted 27/08/2021 at 09:28:12
He brought for them:

Morientes
Torres
Zenden
Bellamy
Kuyt
Robbie Keane
Raheem Sterling
And even Crouchie!

He's looking at bringing us the free-scoring Maupay? What the Fuck!!!!!

Mick O'Malley
30 Posted 27/08/2021 at 12:20:54
No... just No.

A non-scoring forward we don't need.

I hope this is bullshit.

Kevin Dyer
31 Posted 27/08/2021 at 13:27:45
Andrew #21 just checked his stats, and his xG for the past 2 seasons was over 27 goals. Actual return: 18.
Clive Rogers
32 Posted 27/08/2021 at 19:31:19
Not sure he’s a version of Calvert-Lewin. He’s 6 inches shorter for a start. Be surprised if he’s ours come Tuesday night.
Clive Rogers
33 Posted 27/08/2021 at 19:43:05
Not that surprised if Branthwaite is on Brands’ got to go list. Had a bit of a nightmare at Blackburn and was hooked very early against Huddersfield. Rafa has a reputation for appraising players quickly.

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