Everton: Potential blow in pursuit of winger; Koeman comments amid Barcelona links
It’s all systems go at Goodison ahead of Everton’s Premier League clash with Swansea City at the weekend, but all the whispers coming out of the blue half of Merseyside are very much centred on other issues. One standout problem appears to be on the transfer front, and the Toffees may be in for a setback in their pursuit of Dutch international Memphis Depay, with Manchester United reportedly unwilling to allow the winger to move to a Premier League rival.
That’s the reckoning of things at the Daily Mirror anyway, who claim that Jose Mourinho will veto the move, preferring Depay to move abroad for additional game time, which would be a blow for compatriot and Everton boss Ronald Koeman, who stands firm in his belief that he can reignite the youngster’s career and get him back on the road to fulfilling his potential.
The Mirror report that Turkish clubs Fenerbahce and Galatasaray are amongst those keen on a loan spell for the Netherlands winger, with United willing to sanction a deal.
Elsewhere, Ronald Koeman has shed some light on comments made in recent weeks regarding star striker Romelu Lukaku, and his need to move away from Goodison if he is to ever fulfil his potential.
The comments were addressed at a club press conference on Thursday, and Koeman responded, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo, with the assertion that to keep the Belgium international at the club, Everton must challenge for titles.
“First of all you had several headlines about what I said about different questions,” he said.
“It’s not to defend myself because it’s all about the headline you take out of text.”
Clearly sticking to his guns, the Toffees manager added: “What we like to show Romelu is that we’re Everton and we will grow, get bigger and we will fight for titles”.
“If you look now to Everton, if Everton stays on this level then of course it’s not good that he finishes his career at Everton.”
That isn’t the only speculation that the Dutchman has had to address either. He may have only been in the Everton hot seat a matter of months but already he is having to answer questions over his future, with speculation linking Koeman to the Barcelona job one day.
Speaking to the Times, the Everton boss said: “They always speak about ‘Koeman and Barcelona’. Everyone knows I have a relationship with Barcelona. Everyone says, ‘One day Koeman will be the coach in Barcelona.’
“I had that a little bit in my mind when I went to Valencia, it was maybe a good step to do the next step to Barcelona. But now I am more experienced. In life everything is possible. In football everything is possible. You can’t say, ‘I go to Everton — in one year or two years, I go to Barcelona.’
“Maybe Everton will be bigger than it now is. Maybe Luis Enrique (the Barcelona coach)i s doing fantastic for the next three years and they don’t need a coach. The best thing is to believe in the project, how Everton is.”
“I am in love with Barcelona. It was my best period as a football player. Life in Barcelona is fantastic, but I am happy here in Everton.”
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