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Everton round-up: Uncertainty over Sigurdsson deal; Schneiderlin backs club in transfer window




The long-running transfer saga surrounding Everton’s approach for Swansea City’s Gylfi Sigurdsson appears to finally be reaching breaking point. The ‘will he go or won’t he?’ question that has been on the lips of fans of both clubs in recent weeks may now be drawing nearer a response, with reports now emerging that the deal, in spite of all the speculation, now may not happen at all.

According to the Telegraph, Everton boss Ronald Koeman is growing frustrated with the club’s failed attempts to land the Iceland international, who is thought to have become the Dutchman’s Number One transfer target this summer. If true, it is a marked contrast from the hopefulness of Koeman even as early as Monday, when he informed the Liverpool Echo that a deal was close to being completed.

The article suggests that the current snag in the deal is being caused by a £5million discrepancy between Swansea’s asking price and Everton’s valuation of the player, and that sources close to the Sigurdsson negotiations have outed that a £45 million up-front fee without add-ons was agreed verbally between both parties, but that Everton have now gone back on the deal and attempted to renegotiate.

With the Swansea hierarchy thought to have reacted adversely to these latest developments due to rapidly thinning patience, concern has begun to arise amongst the Everton contingency that the deal may collapse, despite the Icelander himself favouring a move to Goodison Park.

Much displeasure surrounding the deal will inevitably come from Swansea manager, Paul Clement, who has been keen to see the back of the transfer saga surrounding Sigurdsson so as to not have to deal with disruptions amidst his preparations for the start of the season.

An up-to-date report on the transfer saga from Wales Online claims that Swansea had already rebuffed at least one offer of around £40million prior to the latest round of negotiations, and remain unwilling to budge on their £50 million valuation of last season’s star man. However, the report also suggests that despite Koeman’s growing frustration with the situation and Swansea’s own lack of patience, Everton are expected to return with an improved offer given that Sigurdsson has become the Dutchman’s priority target.

Meanwhile, Everton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin informed the Liverpool Echo that he expects the club to continue to make signings this transfer window, despite the setback in the Sigurdsson deal.

“I do not think the Club will stop”, Schneiderlin said. “It will be very interesting to see who they bring in, in the last few weeks of the transfer window – then it will be up to us to do the talking on the pitch and deliver the best performances possible.

“We are really looking forward to it. We have prepared ourselves for the past five weeks to be in the best shape possible for this season. We will be as good as we can be to be able to beat Stoke to give us a good start to the season.”

A left-back and left-sided centre-half are thought to be two other positions still to be filled out on Ronald Koeman’s summer shopping list as the opening weekend of the Premier League season draws ever closer.

Scott is a Port Vale fan who writes regularly for The Boot Room as a freelancer. He is a fan of several sports but most of his experience in journalism comes from football and volleyball. He has produced several works on major Championships for both the FIVB and CEV in the volleyball world out in Switzerland, and is currently studying for a BA Hons in Modern Languages at the University of Oxford.

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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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