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Could Everton beat Swansea to Las Palmas’ £26.6million-priced Jonathan Viera?




Swansea fans were building with excitement as Spanish source Canarias7 claimed that the club may be preparing to activate the €30 million (£26.5 million) release clause of Jonathan Viera after rejecting an offer of €25 million (£22.1 million).

However, they were swiftly put down as leading newspaper Marca suggested that Everton had joined the race and would be prepared to pay the required fee to release him from his Las Palmas contract.

Who is he?

A 27-year-old midfielder, Viera can either play on the left flank or in a central attacking midfield role. Currently in his second spell at boyhood club Las Palmas, he registered nine assists and scored seven goals in 33 games last season and was one of the team’s star performers. Despite that, he has never earned recognition at full international level, with only one appearance for Spain under 21s to show for his career to date.

What would he bring to Swansea or Everton?

At just 5ft7in, he may not be an obvious candidate to bring to tough and physical game of the Premier League. Add in the fact that his only spell abroad was at Standard Liege in Belgium, where he made just seven appearances before returning to Spain on loan only months after leaving, and it seems a gamble to spend such money on him.

However, he is a player of immense quality, as demonstrated by the fact that only Lionel Messi made more key passes in La Liga last season. The perfect playmaker, with his skills and trickery with the ball at his feet, Viera can unlock any defence and if that fails then his vision and through balls are bound to find a way through.

Which side should he move to?

That may depend on how tough a stance Swansea take with Gylfi Sigurdsson. It would seem that he will either move to Everton as an alternative, where he would prove to be something of a gamble but forming part of an ambitious project, or to Swansea as a replacement.

At Swansea, Viera would have the freedom to roam and play his most effective game and would also join forces with Roque Mesa, his former Las Palmas team-mate. The duo worked well together in the past two seasons and may be keen to reunite.

That said, the lure of European football and the finances on offer at Goodison Park may be too much to say no.

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Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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Everton must secure Frank Fabra signing before World Cup

The Colombian is set to star at the World Cup with his nation.



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Everton are currently being linked with a move for Colombian left-back Frank Fabra. According to Argentine radio station El Crack Deportivothe 27-year-old is being considered as the left-back option Everton need.

Everton have been lacking in the department this season. With Leighton Baines suffering injury trouble throughout the campaign, natural right-back Cuco Martina has done his best in the role. Everton thoroughly need a new left-back and Fabra is an impressive option.

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The Boca Juniors defender was linked with Manchester United and Chelsea by Sky Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio in 2016. A powerful full-back, he has all it takes to be a star in European football.

Everton are, therefore right, to be targeting the Boca star.  However, the Toffees must try to wrap up any potential deal before the World Cup in Russia this summer.

Fabra is looking increasingly likely to be Colombia’s first-choice at the competition. Pablo Armero has had his day and Fabra is the popular choice to play the role of left-back or left wing-back.

Colombia, who are in Group H with Japan, Poland and Senegal, have high hopes of going far in the competition. Four years ago they suffered a narrow quarter-final exit at the hands of Brazil.

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Fabra will no doubt be key to any success that Colombia have in the competition and therefore will catch the eye.

Everton will be fully aware what a top World Cup performance can do to a player’s value. If the Toffees want to bring in Fabra doing so before the Russia World Cup could end up being a worthwhile cost-cutting exercise.

Regardless, Everton fans will just be pleased to hear that the club are starting to identify potential options to strengthen one of their weakest positions on the field, even if it is not a household name.

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Ronald Koeman admits he wanted Memphis Depay at Everton

But would Everton have benefited from his arrival?



Ronald Koeman is about to kickstart his managerial career with the Dutch national team. It is his first role since getting sacked by Everton and his first foray into international management. Speaking about his new role he discussed the former Manchester United winger Memphis Depay.

Speaking to the press, as reported by Football Oranje, Koeman revealed that he had tried to convince Depay to join Everton whilst he was manager at Goodison Park:

“I invited him to my home last year, when I wanted to get him to Everton. That did not work, he went to Lyon.”

during the Netherlands Training session held at KNVB Sportcentrum on March 20, 2018 in Zeist, Netherlands. The Netherlands will play England in a International Friendly match on March 23 in the Amsterdam ArenA.

Depay was with Manchester United at the time, where he had struggled to live up to his potential. Instead of joining Everton he headed to Lyon in France in a deal reported by the Telegraph to be worth £16 million.

So have Everton missed out?

Depay’s struggles to settle in English football are well known. Since his move to France things have certainly improved. Depay has scored 18 goals since his move to France. However, considering he scored 28 goals in his final season at PSV prior to his United switch it is still not a massive amount.

ZEIST, NETHERLANDS – MARCH 20: Netherlands Head coach, Ronald Koeman walks out for the Netherlands Training session held at KNVB Sportcentrum on March 20, 2018 in Zeist, Netherlands. The Netherlands will play England in a International Friendly match on March 23 in the Amsterdam ArenA. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

In the time he has been in France those 18 goals have come from 61 games. His form has been good at Lyon but certainly not to the standard many expected of him when he made the move to Manchester United.

That said, £16 million today in today’s market is not a lot of money. Looking at Everton’s team, having Depay playing from the left side would have been a massive bonus for Koeman, and now for Sam Allardyce.

Depay still has plenty to improve upon and hopefully Koeman can get the best out of him during his time as the Netherlands boss.

As for Everton, they did not get their man and paid a lot more for the man he would be battling for first-team football Yannick Bolasie – who has not yet been a hit at Goodison Park.

So, all things considered, Everton probably should wish Koeman had managed to convince Depay into a Merseyside switch last January.

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Everton signing Rodrigo at £35m would undermine Cenk Tosun position

The Spaniard has been linked with a move to Everton over the weekend.



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Reports today have suggested that Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and Brighton and Hove Albion are all keeping tabs on Valencia striker Rodrigo.

Calciomercato claim Rodrigo is wanted by all three clubs who are looking to bolster their attacking options.

The report also mentions his whopping €120 million (£105.4 million) release clause. Everton, though, are expected to start their bidding at around €40 million (£35 million).

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Rodrigo is a fine striker. This season the Spanish international has netted 16 goals in 35 games for Valencia and he could head to the World Cup with Spain in the summer.

But, for Everton, his signing would only further undermine the man they finally brought in to replace Romelu Lukaku in January.

It has not been plain sailing for Turkish striker Cenk Tosun since his Goodison Park arrival. Signed for a fee reported to be in the region of £27 million by the BBC, Tosun has had to wait for his chance under Sam Allardyce.

That tactic now appears to be paying off dividends with Tosun scoring four goals in his last three games for the Toffees.

Next season, after a full pre-season schedule, Tosun will rightfully expect to be the undisputed starting striker at Everton.

No doubt, the Merseyside club could look to bring in other strikers, but splashing out this amount on a player like Rodrigo would send the wrong message to Tosun.

Rodrigo, who spent time on loan at Bolton Wanderers earlier in his career, will not be willing to play second fiddle to Tosun. Everton will also not want to pay that sort of money for him if that’s the case.

Everton should instead give Tosun a try. With the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Oumar Niasse and Ademola Lookman in reserve, they would have a good striking department without any recruits.

Spending so much money on Rodrigo would just seem a lavish expense for a side that would do better bringing in someone lower key, and lower priced.

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