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Everton quash Calvert-Lewin-to-Roma speculation

| 26/07/2023 66comments  |  Jump to last

A new rumour that emerged this afternoon suggesting that Dominic Calvert-Lewin was a loan target for AS Roma has apparently been dismissed by Everton.

According to Corriere dello Sport, Roma were contemplating whether to try to negotiate a deal for the frontman in the coming weeks as they seek a replacement for Tammy Abraham who ruptured an ACL towards the end of last season.

The report claimed that Calvert-Lewin has been offered to the Italian giants but Mail Sport now say that sources from the Blues have played the talk down.

While West Ham United's Gianluca Scamacca has been heavily linked with a switch to Stadio Olimpico, a transfer is yet to be completed, throwing up the possibility of alternatives entering the equation.

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Roma would supposedly only be in 'a zero-cost loan with the option to buy', rather than paying a significant portion of the player's wages and a mandatory clause, and the original report in Italy suggested that Calvert-Lewin would be happy to make the move to Rome while Everton may be willing to allow their star man a chance to kick-start his career in the hope of boosting his valuation.

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Eddie Dunn
1 Posted 26/07/2023 at 13:43:41
Toffee TV are talking about a possible £20M move of Calvert-Lewin to Roma.
Kenny Smith
2 Posted 26/07/2023 at 14:04:07
Surely Calvert-Lewin to Roma for free can not be sanctioned. We’ve stuck by him for 2 seasons when we were crying out for a centre forward and were nearly and probably should have been relegated because we were waiting for him to get fit. Now there’s a decent chance he is fit and he could be off for nothing.

We need goals from somewhere so let’s hope there’s another striker coming in.

Clive Rogers
3 Posted 26/07/2023 at 14:21:52

Calvert-Lewin is under contract until June 2025 so can’t go without a fee.

Andrew Ellams
4 Posted 26/07/2023 at 14:28:42
The Calvert-Lewin rumour is a loan move with no loan fee included.
Dan Nulty
5 Posted 26/07/2023 at 14:45:19
Genuinely can't see us letting Calvert-Lewin go on loan, that leaves us with Maupay as our only recognised centre forward.

Relegation guaranteed as you need to score goals to avoid it and Maupay can not score or assist.

Dale Self
6 Posted 26/07/2023 at 14:49:10
I think it implies a backup plan to Toure. No way we would let Dom go without knowing a striker was coming in.
Michael Lynch
7 Posted 26/07/2023 at 15:04:18
The Calvert-Lewin rumour is hilarious. Unless we've been told he's a write-off because of his injuries, in what world would we let him go out on loan, and for no fee?

People are just making up shite for a laugh now.

Jay Harris
8 Posted 26/07/2023 at 15:26:17
Crazy rumour — but can't we pay them something to take Maupay instead???
Paul Hewitt
9 Posted 26/07/2023 at 15:29:29
The only way Everton would let Calvin-Lewin leave is if the medical staff weren't convinced he will get proper fit again.

He's on a rumoured £70k a week, that's £3 million a year. Let someone else take the risk.

James Newcombe
10 Posted 26/07/2023 at 15:43:09
Well then, we're going to need three strikers... What the fuck is going on with this club?
Alan J Thompson
11 Posted 26/07/2023 at 15:50:41
What, don't Roma do due diligence before signing anyone or is it a pay for play deal. This really has to be a load of rubbish even for Everton. Mind you, is the "Special One" in charge, hands on, at Roma?
Jamie Crowley
12 Posted 26/07/2023 at 15:52:48
This rumor was drummed up by a red, I've no doubt. It is laughably absurd.

As Kenny Smith @2 points out, we stick by Dom for two injury riddled seasons and now he's healthy you send him packing to Rome on loan for no fee? You'd have to be an idiot - literally - to allow that to happen if you're DOF. Thelwell is not an idiot, no matter how many people question XYZ he's done all right, and he's an intelligent man.

This is just stupid tabloid shite.

Now, if Roma were buying Dom outright, that's a different story. If they were buying Dom at a reasonable market fee, I'd sell Dom and find another striker. I love Calvert-Lewin and think he's talented to the point where if he were healthy the last two seasons, we wouldn't have even been in a relegation battle.

But the boy is made of glass. I call it "The Mina Effect". If you're continually injured, it doesn't matter how good you may be, you will be of no use. Additionally, all around suffer as your continual injury status places additional responsibilities on teammates, eventually creating controlled chaos and suboptimal conditions which result in losses.

That's what injuries do, and prolonged injured players need to be moved on eventually.

Anywho This story is garbage.

Christy Ring
13 Posted 26/07/2023 at 16:02:09
Just saw from another thread, we're not interested, so hopefully that's a good sign he's on his way back. Calvert-Lewin did go to Germany two weeks before preseason, to get himself right, so he is putting in the effort.
Regarding trying to buy the Almeria striker that Atalanta have upped their offer for, does it not make sense to go for Iheanacho, available for £10m/£15m, 12mths left on his contract?
Eddie Dunn
14 Posted 26/07/2023 at 16:13:41
It is a very strange rumour.
If it is real then it would suggest that Domenic's fitness is still in doubt to a degree where the club think a slightly less rigorous league might enable him to continue playing.
This might then lead to us selling him for a decent amount in 12 months time rather than have a lad who might not be fit enough to be of serious use in the PL and ending up seeing out his contract because no one else will buy him.
This would free up wages for another guy.
I hope it's all tosh and he comes back to something like his old self.
Brian Williams
15 Posted 26/07/2023 at 16:23:27
People ask "what the fuck is going on with this club?"

If you read Mbappe's always been a Blue and wants to play for Everton next season, would you fucking believe that too?

So quick to denigrate the club over stupid clickbait stories.

Rob Halligan
16 Posted 26/07/2023 at 16:26:52
Brian, quite ironic, because I’ve heard we’re talking to Mbappe.
Brian Williams
17 Posted 26/07/2023 at 16:44:27
Rob, you're right but it's Johnny Mbappe from County Road. His dad owns a chippy there!
Tony Everan
18 Posted 26/07/2023 at 16:49:38
Everton surely won’t loan him out, we would need some serious cash to replace him. I would have thought; get fit with us, bang 15 goals + in, then get a move next summer if he wants to. He’d probably have a choice and we’d get a decent fee.

Brian , are you sure that’s not Johnny Chippe-Bappe. Otherwise know as JCB .

Mike Gaynes
19 Posted 26/07/2023 at 16:56:20
Brian, owning a "chippy" here has an entirely different meaning.
James Flynn
20 Posted 26/07/2023 at 17:04:20
Well, Roma has a lot of speculation around a target man since their boy went down last season.

Roma only scored 50 goals, so they'll surely stagnate or go backwards without an injection of firepower.

Have no idea if this has legs, but DCL isn't the only forward's name floating around Roma these days.

Brian Williams
21 Posted 26/07/2023 at 17:10:01
Thnx Mike. Just looked it up and I have to say that's a new one on me!
Nick White
22 Posted 26/07/2023 at 17:27:53
This is the funniest rumour yet this summer! As if Roma want to sign a player who has hardly played for 2 seasons to replace their injured striker.
Kevin Molloy
23 Posted 26/07/2023 at 17:35:46
we've got no strikers, and Roma aren't offering any money. Any seasoned Everton observer would be put on red alert with these facts, it feels like this could well happen knowing the way we roll.
Kevin Prytherch
24 Posted 26/07/2023 at 17:40:00
Mbappe’s a blue? Why don’t we go for him?
Billy Shears
25 Posted 26/07/2023 at 18:51:26
Surely either one of the Milan clubs would be a better fit for him!?
Dale Self
26 Posted 26/07/2023 at 18:58:52
I think they’re not looking. AC Milan secured Chukwueze and Inter have Lukaku and Martinez unless they’ve moved one.
Pat Kelly
27 Posted 26/07/2023 at 19:22:30
I think his best days at Everton are behind him for some time now. Whether this rumour is true or not, it's time to move on and plan without him.
Jerome Shields
28 Posted 26/07/2023 at 19:25:19
At the moment, everything is in the shop window and being put in the shop window.
Dale Self
29 Posted 26/07/2023 at 19:29:09
General transfer question: Given an exit clause is exceeded by two clubs and it is the player's decision, once informed of player's preference, can the selling club continue letting the spurned club drive up the price with impotent offers?
Billy Shears
30 Posted 26/07/2023 at 19:29:26
Totally agree with Christy #13 with the lad at Leicester too, pair him up top with Morelos and at least we're due some goals instead of hanging on in tight matches.

Go for it Blues, for fuck's sake… or it'll be third time unlucky!!!

Paul Birmingham
31 Posted 26/07/2023 at 19:36:50
This story is absolute bullshit.

There's more chance of me winning the Euro lotto than Calvert-Lewin going anywhere this season.

Si Pulford
32 Posted 26/07/2023 at 19:40:03
Brian (15) spot on!!!

Boils my piss how some lunatic on a clickbait site can say:

‘Everton are selling Pickford for nothing to get him off the wage bill and want to give Brighton an extra £40 million for Maupay as they think they under paid…'

And it's taken as absolute truth.

Worst run club in the world. I'm giving up my season ticket etc.

Soren Moyer
33 Posted 26/07/2023 at 19:46:55
Lol. Who comes up with these rumors?

You got to admire their imagination though.

Just get rid of Maupay.

Clive Rogers
34 Posted 26/07/2023 at 19:53:41
Iheanacho is not a prolific goal scorer; he has averaged 5 per season in 6 seasons with Leicester.
Si Pulford
35 Posted 26/07/2023 at 20:09:05

Calvert-Lewin had averaged 1.5 goals a season for the last two seasons I think?

Tony Everan
36 Posted 26/07/2023 at 20:10:18
Dale 29, we'd be furious if this was happening to us, Atalanta probably spitting feathers if they've got to fork out another few million.

All this delay makes me wonder whether El Bilal's decision favouring Atalanta is as clear-cut as they would like us to believe. Maybe the kid is in two minds which way to jump.

Iakovos Iasonidis
37 Posted 26/07/2023 at 20:20:16
Probably lazy journalism but, if it was true and money involved (£25-30M), I would sell him. He is a 10-15 goals striker when fully fit which is neither bad nor superb but I don't see him being fully fit ever again which is sad.

On the other hand, being Everton and finding a 10-15 goals striker is not an easy task as we lately see...

Sean Kelly
38 Posted 26/07/2023 at 20:33:30
PK spot on lad.

People on this site saying "Buy this lad, buy that lad as back-up to Calvert-Lewin…" What? To hold his purse on the bench?

He gets £3 million a year and we had zero return. Get a new strike force and let him fight for his place.

Denis Richardson
39 Posted 26/07/2023 at 20:35:19
What a bizarre rumour to do the rounds. At first, I thought it may be cash plus Abraham's then read it would be to replace an injured Abrahams…

So the only club in the Premier League without a fit striker (I don't count Maupay) is willing to let their only recognised injured striker go on loan… for free??

I wouldn't even put that one past Bill Kenwright to dream up. However, the paranoia sets in, doesn't it. It's just too ridiculous that there may be something to it.

For the love of god, can we just sign a striker? 5 days till August and we've needed one for 2 years… 'Proactive' would never be a word in a long list to describe this club.

Dale Self
40 Posted 26/07/2023 at 20:35:20
Tony 36,

I agree that Toure may be wobbling. That was probably Atalanta's concern when they went on the info offensive. Romano got kind of weird about it on his YouTube video.

He really let his Italian show with a brusque ‘deal completed, done' or something like that. That was what got me so interested. Cue more spy theme music.

Mark Dunford
41 Posted 26/07/2023 at 20:44:47
So, a team with no fully fit forward line is supposedly considering loaning the best attacking player on the books.

Anyone who saw the game at Brighton, where his turn created the first goal inside a minute of the start, before he then ran riot to lead the best performance of last season, must be wondering what madness this is.

Or else, perhaps we need reminding of the winning goal against Palace the season before.

May be a more or less constant fitness worry, but we'd be in a lower league without his contribution.

Dale Self
42 Posted 26/07/2023 at 21:10:53
And PSG reportedly place a higher wage offer in front of Hojland. Man Utd had a first bid refused then Atalanta announced a floor for future bids and now this.

If they needed those funds to buy Toure, then we may get a few more days to convince Toure to move here.

Nick Page
43 Posted 26/07/2023 at 21:16:04
Imagine being stupid enough to think this is 1) Real, and 2) A good idea…

Get in the bin.

John Raftery
44 Posted 26/07/2023 at 21:52:56
Bizarre. What used to be called the closed season is now the silly season.
Stu Darlington
45 Posted 26/07/2023 at 21:54:03
Calvert-Lewin to Roma on loan? Not going to happen. Let's move on and discuss the next ludicrous rumour.

Better still, let's throw a few of our own into the pot. After all, we need something to do when there's no proper football on, and we can't afford to go to the pub now beer is £63M a pint!

If I wasn't on a beach in Barbados at the moment, I could get really depressed with all this rubbish!

Oliver Molloy
46 Posted 26/07/2023 at 22:23:29
Jamie @12,

Who says he is healthy? And if he is made of glass!

Don't believe this for a minute… but who knows with Everton?

Si Cooper
47 Posted 26/07/2023 at 22:36:54
Simply doesn't make sense.

Why would we pay all his wages whilst allowing him to kick start his career playing for someone else? May as well play him ourselves if we are paying.

If he doesn't regain his fitness, it will not matter where he is because he won't be attracting interest from anybody.

Jason Li
48 Posted 26/07/2023 at 22:44:03
Get Edin Dzeko in for a season. Cannon or Dobbin may be ready the following season.

Buy a tall young striker who is 2 years away from being ready but a fantastic prospect at 17 or 18 years old.

Still lots of ways to get more goals in this season and have a better striker situation next season, and the season after too.

Afternote: Also great to see Virginia looks like the loans have turned him into a Premier League ready goalie.

Get Kouyate and anyone else who looks like they have a chance, to go out on loan playing a season in professional football to take a leap in development.

No point being the best classroom accountant but never tried using accounting software and presenting to a director, or best classroom builder but never carried bricks on a real site. No point being great in an academy but never played in a professional league!

Ian Bennett
49 Posted 26/07/2023 at 22:59:11
If there was a loan fee of say £3-5M and an obligation to buy at £30M, I'd cash in now.

2 years left on a deal when he can walk out on a free, no sign of a new deal, and 2 years out injured – from a risk point of view, we would be better off with the cash and moving on.

We all want him to be the player of 2 years ago, but that's our hearts talking.

As a club, I think we need to move on, and accept Calvert-Lewin isn't taking us forward. 2 years on his deal = £10.4M, plus those figures – that's £45M the club might be committing to for a handful of goals.

Same for Gray, Iwobi, Maupay, Gomes, Holgate, Keane, Alli, Gbamin, Mykolenko. Turn the squad over, and get players in that are good enough for the fight.

Fran Mitchell
50 Posted 26/07/2023 at 23:08:32
Absolute rubbish, no way could we let him leave (especially on loan). We must hope he can avoid serious injuries, but we absolutely need someone who can rotate with him.

Someone like Toure seems an ideal fit, in that he fits the style and could fill in for Calvert-Lewin, who simply won't be able to play 5-6 games consecutively but, if managed well, he could play maybe 4 in 6, while having someone young and with potential able to step in when Calvert-Lewin needs to be wrapped up in cotton wool, come on after 60 or 70 minutes, and ultimately push Calvert-Lewin for the starting role.

Worry is we're waiting on a decision from Toure, despite all indications being that he wants the Atalanta move. That move seems dependent on Hoilund being sold, which could stretch out if Toure is really convinced that's where he wants to go, he might just keep waiting to get the green light, while we are kicking our heels waiting just in case.

Hope it's not the case and work is being done on the Plan B (or C, D...) cause we need someone in asap.

Then focus on a new defender, and ideally another forward who could ideally could play both right and left.

I would also like to see someone come in for central midfield, a loan with option to buy for someone like McTominay would be brilliant but I can't see it. Gana is 34 but, despite being very fit, and improving during the run-in, an injury to him and we are very light in defensive midfield.

Doucouré had a great spell, but we know what he's been like over the course of his time here, and given Chelsea's difficulty in getting Caicedo, a move late in the window for Onana wouldn't surprise me.

Tom Bowers
51 Posted 26/07/2023 at 23:21:12
It's pointless over-reacting to trash rumours like this.

We all know that it is unfounded speculation by much of the gutter media who have nothing else to write about and so they make up stories simply because it is the transfer window.

Everton do have quite a few players who were little or no use to them last season and arguably Calvert-Lewin is one of them because of his injury but, until he is 100% fit and playing regularly, I doubt very much Everton will consider moving him on.

If he is playing regularly but not making any real impact, then I am sure they will want to cash in on him before his contract expires.

Eric Myles
52 Posted 27/07/2023 at 01:09:46
Dale #26, I'm sure I read last week that Lukaku is available.

Seems that Chelsea want £40 million for him.

Lester Yip
53 Posted 27/07/2023 at 01:21:58
The terms of the deal is ridiculous. We are loaning the player out and still pay the full wages? And they can have an option to buy if he came good? Who would agree to that, right? Right? RIGHT?

Greg Nelli
54 Posted 27/07/2023 at 01:51:08
The trick in posting trap tweets is that it has to be believable, this fails.
Don Alexander
55 Posted 27/07/2023 at 02:32:04
So absurd is this so-called rumour that it hasn't even featured on the absurd daily BBC football Gossip Column.

'Nuff said.

And, whilst those of us who right now still daily fantasise about their dreams of betterment next season are to be respected (despite the grim reality long since engulfing us became apparent to many a sentient organism), I expect, at best, yet another last-minute escape from relegation.

Further, the creation and finance to build the new stadium (if it's ever completed) will surely render us unable to ever get close to any version of profit for very many years after it opens.

And it's all because we still have a hapless dickhead owner too proud or stupid to address the glaring inadequacies of the one now very wealthy, self-serving avaricious shyster who's still Chairman of our disintegrating club.

Jack Convery
56 Posted 27/07/2023 at 08:50:41
Is and always was Bollox. Nuff said.
Si Pulford
57 Posted 27/07/2023 at 09:16:10
Headline this morning: ‘Everton have no interest in loaning Dominic Calvert Lewin….'

Two click bait articles.

One about us selling with zero truth, quotes or insight. Creates a load of clicks and debate…

Second about us refusing to sell, with zero quotes, truth or insight. Again, creates loads of clicks and debate.

It's almost as if there's a financial incentive to print these rumours. 😝

Ray Smith
58 Posted 27/07/2023 at 09:41:25
Fake news? Dominic Calvert-Lewin ‘happy' for a switch to Roma on a loan to buy deal! If and it's a big if, he goes to Roma, only if we secure 2 strikers through the door. Maybe use Maupay as a player plus cash deal.

Somebody said yesterday that nothing would happen until the end of the month because it's the end of the financial year! I thought it was the end of June?

How many games will Calvert-Lewin play this season? I can't see Mourinho's patience lasting too long if he breaks down again. Remember how he treated Luke Shaw, who actually had a genuine (undiagnosed at the time) injury. Look at Shaw now!!!

Fake news again!!!

Kim Vivian
59 Posted 27/07/2023 at 10:30:20
Seems a great opportunity - Can't we just agree to something (a sale preferably) and then hide Maupay in his luggage to get rid?
Mark Boullé
60 Posted 27/07/2023 at 11:20:10
How many games into the season do we think the elusive striker will be signed? Will we play 5 or 6 with no recognised forward, like last season?

I know the finances have been raked over expertly by the Esk, but it is not a case of can we afford to get another striker, we simply cannot afford to repeat last year's mistakes.

No sign of Calvert-Lewin in match action this pre-season, despite him returning to training before everyone else...

Andrew Ellams
61 Posted 27/07/2023 at 11:57:50
All the people who think this will never happen because it's a stupid idea are going to really freak out when they hear about our owner and chairman.
Pat Kelly
62 Posted 27/07/2023 at 12:49:11
Why would Roma want someone with his injury record? Still to make an appearance after treatment. He likely wouldn't pass a medical.
Jamie Crowley
63 Posted 27/07/2023 at 14:22:24
Oliver @ 46,

Here's me assuming (yes, yes, I know...) that, with a close season, Calvert-Lewin will be fit and ready to go, over his injury woes.

As you say, who even knows if he's healthy!

Solid point.

Phil Rouse
64 Posted 28/07/2023 at 04:53:39
I don't blame Roma for not wanting to pay a fee. Would you buy a car that has a strong chance it's going break down in the next few weeks?

I reckon we should get what we can for him to get his wage off our books.

Mick Davies
65 Posted 28/07/2023 at 12:26:53
Is there any truth in the rumour that Billy Smart is trying to buy Maupay? Or in the rumour that Billy Smart is actually our chairman?
Kevin Edward
66 Posted 29/07/2023 at 09:46:50
We really need another goal-scoring centre-forward coming in now, it doesn't seem as if Dom is going to be ready unless is able to take part in the remaining friendlies. To risk another false start and banking on clean sheets and the occasional 1-0 win is just nuts.

Other clubs are able to bring in striking options, I just don't get it how Everton fail every window. I like Dom, but I'm a bit weary of all the uncertainty and speculation.

Come on, Everton!

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