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Five ins and outs Everton could complete this week

Marco Silva is yet to dip into the transfer market for Everton but that could change soon.

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Last season was a difficult one for Everton as the Toffees fell well short of their pre-season expectations, despite a flurry of activity in the market.

After a lengthy saga, Marco Silva has finally arrived to lead the charge at Goodison Park and has kept his cards relatively close to his chest so far this summer as he is yet to secure the services of any player in the market.

That will surely change in the coming weeks and, with the World Cup now concluded, the Toffees may now be looking to push ahead with their transfer activity ahead of the 2018-19 Premier League season.

With both incoming and outgoing deals on the cards, we have identified five pieces of business that could go ahead this week.

Yerry Mina: Barcelona

After starring with Colombia at the World Cup, defensive prodigy Yerry Mina finds himself at a transfer crossroads despite only signing for Barcelona in January and LaLiga’s non-EU player regulations could see the 23-year-old offloaded.

ESPN state Everton are in talks with the Spanish champions, although it is not clear whether Barcelona are open to a permanent sale or whether a potential deal would be on-loan, as they wait to see where Mina features in Ernesto Valverde’s plans.

Having approved an exit for Ramiro Funes Mori already, Silva is in the market for a new central defender to compete with veterans Phil Jagielka and Ashley Williams.

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Yannick Bolasie to Fenerbache

Sky Sports have stated that Turkish giants Fenerbache are pursuing a deal for Yannick Bolasie, who are looking at the DR Congo as a major signing to bolster their ranks ahead of their Champions League qualifying campaign.

Signing from Crystal Palace in 2016, a serious knee injury has limited Bolasie to just 32 appearances during that time and Marco Silva is said to be open to a sale, raising funds for potential swoops of his own.

A deal seems to be close, with Turkish outlet Fanatik reported Bolasie has agreed terms with Fenerbache ahead of a loan switch.

Diego Laxalt: Genoa

After ending interest in Celtic’s Kieran Tierney, Everton are looking elsewhere in pursuit of a left-sided player to provide competition to Leighton Baines and their attention has been caught by a top-performer at the World Cup.

The Sun states Everton are considering a move for Genoa’s Uruguay defender Diego Laxalt, who can play on the left-sided of defence or as a winger, though they face competition in the market from Bournemouth and Crystal Palace.

According to the report, Everton are prepared to part with a fee of £18m to land the 25-year-old World Cup quarter-finalist.

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Ademola Lookman to RB Leipzig

Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig have confirmed their interest on signing Ademola Lookman permanently, BBC Sport state, after the young England ace’s exceptional performances for the German side on-loan in the second-half of last season.

While Everton do not want to sell, Leipzig’s sporting director Ralf Rangnick has confirmed the club’s continued pursuit of the 20-year-old and even cheekily suggested that the talented winger was keen on a return.

“We’re still in talks over Ademola Lookman. We want him back and he wants to come.”

Ralf Ragnick issues an update on Leipzig’s pursuit of Lookman.

Abdoulaye Doucoure: Watford

It was only a matter of time before Marco Silva was linked with a raid on former employers Watford and the Hornets have denied they have rejected a bid from the Toffees for Abdoulaye Doucoure, the Watford Observer states.

The 25-year-old excelled for high-flying Watford last season and French outlet RMC Sport were the outlet to report the rejection of Everton’s £30m bid for Doucoure – and it is unlikely this is the last we have heard of this transfer saga.

Former France U21 international Doucoure has made 57 Premier League appearances for Watford since signing in 2016, scoring eight goals.

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Phil Jagielka turns 36 this week and his Everton career should be winding down

The veteran Everton defender is no longer cut out for the weekly trials of Premier League football.

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This week has seen Everton decide against appealing the decision to send off Phil Jagielka in the season opener against Wolverhampton Wanderers. The club captain let the ball escape him and his lunge on Diogo Jota was deemed worthy of a straight red card.

It means that Jagielka will miss the next three games for Everton. It may also mean the end for the veteran defender.

It has been no secret that the fan favourite’s skills have been diminishing in recent times. For the past three seasons, the former England international has been in steady decline. It is, of course, no surprise. Affectionately known as ‘Jags’ the 11-year Goodison vet turns 36 this week. Considering his injury past, it is little wonder his best days are firmly in the rearview mirror.

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This summer Everton snapped up two new centre-back signings. Both Yerry Mina and Kurt Zouma arrived on deadline day. One of the pair is likely to replace him for the weekend clash with Southampton. The other should overtake him in the pecking order along with current starter Michael Keane.

Everton should then start considering the future. Talents like Mason Holgate, Morgan Feeney and Lewis Gibson are not going to get any better without first-team action.

Jagielka is and should always be considered something of a legend at Everton for his magnificent service to the club. But, as his red card against Wolves signified, he is no longer on the pulse at this level.

It should be the beginning of the end for the Everton stalwart.

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Everton round-up: No Jagielka appeal, new duo train and Usmanov investment

A selection of the latest news and gossip from Everton.

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No appeal

Everton will not appeal Phil Jagielka’s red card against Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Everton captain received a straight red for a dangerous tackle on Diogo Jota, which the player protested was extremely harsh.

Everton boss Marco Silva also felt it was the wrong decision.

However, Everton have decided not to appeal the ruling and accept a three-match ban for the veteran defender – starting this weekend v Southampton.

Everton’s new signings Yerry Mina and Kurt Zouma will now push for a starting spot along with youngster Mason Holgate.

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Newbies train

However, Mina has still not trained with the Everton first-team. Today saw Zouma and fellow new signing Bernard take part in their first training sessions for the club.

However, the £28.5 million Colombian missed training at Finch Farm. Fellow newbie Andre Gomes also missed the session as he is out with an injury.

Zouma was all smiles in his first session, whilst Bernard stuck by countryman Richarlison’s side for most of training.

Mina, as reported by the Daily Mail, is expected to train later this week.

Usmanov investment

Alisher Usmanov has admitted he could invest in Everton if the deal is right. The Russian billionaire has recently agreed to the sale of his stake in Arsenal to Stan Kroenke.

His company already sponsors Everton’s Finch Farm training complex and he is very close with Everton’s major shareholder Farhad Moshiri.

Speaking to Bloomberg, he admitted he was open to investing in another club, including Everton, if there is a chance of good potential return on his investment.

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Everton newbie Andre Gomes frustrated Barcelona fans in similar fashion to Morgan Schneiderlin

The Portuguese midfielder struggled at Barcelona

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Everton had a busy transfer deadline day, with three deals going over the line in the final hour on Thursday. Bernard arrived on a free transfer whilst a double raid on Barcelona saw them bring in both Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes. The former arrived at the club on a permanent deal, but Gomes is only at the club on loan until the end of the season.

It looks a great deal for Everton. The Portuguese midfielder was an expensive recruit for Barcelona in 2016. The Catalan side swooped to sign Gomes after excellent form at previous club Valencia.

But Everton fans should be warned, because Gomes has been out of form for some time.

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Gomes played just 16 games for Barcelona in La Liga last season after falling out of favour with the Ernesto Valverde and, it seems, the Barcelona fans.

The Nou Camp faithful were not exactly disappointed to see Gomes head out the exit door last week. His poor performances were not helped by his body language which, suggests a lack of effort. It is probably not true, just the way he plays the game. It is similar to the way Everton fans feel about their £22 million man Morgan Schneiderlin. They know what he can do on his best days, so when he has such a sustained period of poor form, like last season, the fans get on his back.

Gomes is extremely similar in style and will also be easy to chastise when things go wrong. Everton fans must give him the chance to improve, as Schneiderlin has in the past few months.

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