Sandro can go
AS in Spain is reporting on the future of Everton forward Sandro Ramirez today. The Spaniard arrived from Malaga last season for a fee in the region of £5.3 million. It looked a very impressive move on paper, but the former Barcelona talent struggled to adapt to English football.
They report that the club he spent time with on loan at the end of last season, Sevilla, are not actively pursuing his signature this summer. However, they are not averse to a deal if other plans do not pan out.
Recouping any decent fee for Sandro will no doubt be a priority for Everton this summer.
Pearce off the market
Everton have been linked with an interest in Leeds United defender Tom Pearce this summer. The left-back was out of contract at Elland Road this summer and the Toffees were believed to be keen on bringing him back to Finch Farm.
That now looks unlikely. Pearce has signed a four-year deal to remain at Leeds.
Everton will now have to seek a new left-back solution as it is one of their main problem positions.
Bernat a possibility
Juan Bernat could be that solution. As reported by the Liverpool Echo, the Spaniard is no longer wanted at Bayern Munich and is set to be sold this summer.
Everton were previously linked with the layer and he would be the perfect eventual replacement
to the ageing Leighton Baines – who has interest from MLS sides.
The media obsession with Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha should be ignored
The winger is being heavily linked with a move away from Selhurst Park.
Ask any Crystal Palace fan their least favourite part of the summer, and one answer will stand out: the endless media obsession about the future of Wilfried Zaha.
After further reports in The Times, Mirror, and The Sun linking the Ivory Coast international with a move away from Selhurst Park, Palace supporters should tune out the noise and focus on the facts of the matter.
Zaha is currently under contract at Selhurst Park, having signed a five-year deal just over a year ago. Despite the rumoured interest from the likes of Everton, Tottenham Hotspur, and Borussia Dortmund, Crystal Palace hold all the cards in the situation.
And, to add to their strong position, manager Roy Hodgson has made it very clear he has no intention of selling the winger when speaking to football.london last week:
“What people seem to forget with Wilf is he has got a four-year contract. There is speculation every year around Messi and Ronaldo too. He is our player for the next four years and the club has got no interest or desire to sell him.”
This strong statement from the Palace manager is the only thing that holds significance with regards to the Zaha saga. At the end of the day, there can be as much speculation and interest from clubs as possible, but if the club is not willing to sell then the player will stay put.
Additionally, the reports that Zaha is unsettled at Palace seem like nothing more than sensational claims. This is a player who expressed his love for the fans and the club as recently as April, talking to the Eagles’ official website after a win against Brighton.
“Crystal Palace is my home town and the support we have here is genuine support with families watching with their kids loving us as players so I don’t really see myself anywhere else.”
In all, one must focus on what is relevant in the Wilfried Zaha transfer saga: the actual words of the figures involved.
With Zaha expressing his happiness and Hodgson making it clear no sale is forthcoming, the media obsession over the winger’s Selhurst Park exit appears unfounded.
£3m Roberto Martinez project Shani Tarashaj thrown on to Everton scrapheap
The Swiss talent has not developed into the star Everton’s former boss hoped he would.
It appears as though Shani Tarashaj is finally on his way out of Everton for good. This morning he completed a loan move back to his former club Grasshoppers Zurich, with a view to a permanent move next summer.
With the potential of a permanent move to Grasshoppers, it would bring the curtain down on a move that simply never worked out.
Tarashaj joined Everton back in January 2016. Then Everton boss Roberto Martinez signed the attacking midfielder Shani Tarashaj from Grasshoppers with the fee involved, according to the Liverpool Echo, around £3 million.
“I feel he is going to bring something very, very special to us. He is probably the best young talent in Swiss football.
“There are a couple of young players with a good reputation but I think he could have really good future…I feel that he’s going to get fans off their feet. He’s that type of young talent that we like to attract to Goodison.”
Tarashaj was loaned back to Grasshoppers until the end of the season. He continued his fine form, which saw him earn a first Swiss cap and make the national squad for Euro 2016.
But things quickly went wrong for Tarashaj.
Martinez was sacked, with Ronald Koeman clearly not fancying the Swiss star. A loan move in Germany went poorly. Eintracht Frankfurt snapped him up but he struggled with benign angina, severe tonsillitis and a knee ligament tear last summer compounded his misery.
Everton now face the fact they will likely lose Tarashaj next summer, without the 23-year-old ever playing a game for the club.
This £3 million gamble has clearly not paid off.
Marco Silva should aim for Christian Kabasele reunion at Everton
The Belgian defender would be an astute addition for the Toffees.
Everton are still without a signing this transfer window, but the side requires strengthening, nonetheless, especially in the centre-back position.
Marco Silva should target Christian Kabasele to bolster his defensive options, a player he knows well from his time managing at Watford.
Kabasele began his career in Belgium and enjoyed success at Genk before moving to Vicarage Road in the summer of 2016.
The centre-half has been capped once by Belgium, as he made the Euro 2016 squad and was cut at the last moment in the Red Devils’ World Cup 2018 team.
His international involvement and the fact he was even being considered in the star-studded Belgium set-up is a measure of his talent.
At Watford, the defender bagged four goals in 44 appearances, illustrating his threat from set pieces.
He was also the most consistent performer at the back for the Hornets, eliciting praise from the Watford support.
Everton fans in particular will know the danger the Belgian poses, as Kabasele flicked home a powerful header at Goodison Park during a league meeting in November 2017.
Marco Silva knows the defender well, as he played in every league match when Silva was the manager, starting all but one.
And the Portuguese has praised the Belgian in the past, hailing his performance when talking with the Hertfordshire Mercury in 2017, after a 3-0 win at St. James’ Park.
“Kabasele was brilliant. He had a fantastic game. He improves every day. He had a very good game with and without the ball and even with offensive set-pieces he has improved.”
As Everton supporters wait for their first signing of the summer, the club would do well to target Christian Kabasele, a proven Premier League centre-back who is a favourite of the Toffees boss.