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Double deal for Gelson Martins and William Carvalho would transform Everton next season

Two of Everton’s primary targets look set to leave their current club this summer

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Everton have reportedly been handed a huge boost in pursuit of two of their primary targets this summer, as William Carvalho and Gelson Martins have asked to terminate their contracts with Portuguese giants Sporting, according to local outlet Record.

A training ground incident involving Sporting fans last month has allegedly convinced both stars to leave, with them having sent letters of termination to the club, with a view to making swift transfers in the coming weeks.

Everton manager Marco Silva is said to be monitoring the contract situations of both players, while also courting highly-rated striker Bas Dost, according to reports from A Bola, and he now has a brief window to do some serious business. Business that could transform his current Everton side.

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Silva has been assigned the tricky task of bringing attacking and progressive football back to Goodison Park this term, after fans bemoaned the pragmatic style of former boss Sam Allardyce, and the addition of Martins would instantly go a long way to achieving this.

The 23-year-old is one of the finest attacking talents in world football these days, using his blend of frightening acceleration and quick feet to dazzle defenders – bagging an impressive 13 goals and 13 assists in his 52 appearances for the club – and he would undoubtedly bolster a struggling Everton attack.

Carvalho would instantly add quality to the midfield area, as his intelligent use of possession and positional nous is unmatched by any other defensive midfielders at the club, and he would bring an element of control to the Toffees that was lacking last term.

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There is no doubting that Silva will face Premier League competition for both, with the possibility of bargain deals or free transfers for their services. Arsenal in particular are keen to bring Martins to the Emirates this summer, according to Italian outlet Tutto Mercato Web.

If owner Farhad Moshiri is serious about bringing European football back to Goodison Park in the next few years, he must back the new manager in pursuits for both players. If they were to secure the double deal, Everton would be an entirely different animal next season.

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Everton round-up: Silva targets, Lopez wanted and Shaw says no

All the latest news and gossip from Everton.

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Silva’s targets

Marco Silva has identified his transfer targets for the summer with director of football Marcel Brands. He has told the Liverpool Echo that the club are now pursuing the names put forward.

The Portuguese says Everton ‘have’ to make the signings they have targeted.

Everton are also set to begin their cull of the first-team squad. Several players are set to be moved on as Silva and Brands reshape the squad.

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Lopez wanted

Everton are reportedly interested in the signing of David Lopez from Espanyol. Mundo Deportivo claim that Everton, Valencia and Real Betis are all said to be keen on the player.

However, Everton are not willing to meet the €40 million (£35.4 million) release clause for the player. Instead, they hope to wait and see if it comes down to around €30 million (£26.5 million).

The Spanish defender, who can also play in midfield, was previously linked with Everton back in January.

Shaw not sure

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has rejected a move to Everton, according to The Times. They claim he had a chance to resurrect his career at Goodison Park but decided he wants to remain at Old Trafford and fight for his place at the club.

He has struggled to regain his place in Jose Mourinho’s side since suffering an awful leg break.

Everton are looking for a new left-back, with Leighton Baines approaching the end of his career and no first-team back-up.

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After five-goal salvo can Everton count on Kevin Mirallas this season?

Kevin Mirallas scored five goals as Everton won 22-0 in Marco Silva’s first game.

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Marco Silva certainly enjoyed his first game as manager of Everton. The Portuguese watched his new side secure a 22-0 win against fourth-division Austrian opposition in rampant fashion. He also saw a player who looked on his way out of the club net five goals. Kevin Mirallas led the scoring charts in the game and his future is clearly a talking point at Goodison Park.

The Belgian spent the second half of last season on loan at former club Olympiakos. But it did not go well. He was eventually told to no longer attend training as the club’s owner decided to move him and many others on amid the Greek side’s struggles.

Things did not end well at Everton before the loan move either. Mirallas’ last game was the 4-1 loss to Southampton in November, one of the low points of Everton’s season.

Mirallas however, as Everton fans know, is an exceptional talent. He was only handed a new contract until 2020 last summer, so he has value to Everton.

(xxxx during the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Everton at Amex Stadium on October 15, 2017 in Brighton, England.

On his day he is an exceptional winger or secondary striker. His finishing exemplary, his passing and crossing brilliant, Mirallas is a player Everton could use.

With others in his position, such as Ademola Lookman and Kieran Dowell, young and promising, having the experienced Mirallas around could make sense.

Scoring five goals in yesterday’s friendly won’t have any bearing on such a decision, given the opposition. But it is a reminder that Mirallas is still around and capable of providing something to this Everton team.

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Everton want Jamaal Lascelles again, four years after being fined for approach

Everton were fined £45k for an approach for Lascelles in 2010.

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Everton are currently being linked with a move for Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles. At the start of June, Everton were first linked with a £30 million move for the player. The Northern Echo reported last week  that Everton were ready to step up their interest in the player, in the wake of West Ham’s apparent interest.

It would, of course, be a fantastic signing. Everton need a new central defender with Barcelona’s World Cup star Yerry Mina also linked.

But Lascelles has been one of the Premier League’s most underrated defenders and it would be a brilliant swoop.

Newcastle, however, are adamant the player is not for sale. Everton should, therefore, be careful because when it comes to Lascelles, they have previous.

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Back in January 2014, Everton were fined £45,000, as reported by the BBC. The fine was due to an unauthorised approach for a player. The player in question was Lascelles.

The fine related to a matter from four years earlier. Everton had seemingly made an approach for Lascelles, then on a scholarship deal at Forest, without going through the proper channels.

Lascelles’ agent at the time was also fined and the player himself was ‘severely warned as to his future conduct.’

So Everton’s interest in Lascelles dates back eight years to the David Moyes era.

Hopefully, for Everton fans at least, they can secure a deal for the player on this occasion.

 

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