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Sam Allardyce transfer target Marcelo Brozovic thriving in Russia

Everton tried to sign the Croatian in January but he has since been in fine form.

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Croatia may have just sent Argentina packing from the World Cup. The Balkan side produced a ruthless punishment over the South American side, who were inept in their 3-0 defeat. The result was built on a midfield masterclass. The world-class Luka Modric and brilliant Ivan Rakitic had acres of time and space to send Argentina spinning.

But, the anchorman also deserves credit. Marcelo Brozovic, for the second game in a row at the World Cup, was brilliant. The pendulum in the heart of the Croatia clockwork, the Inter Milan star showed just why he became a key player for the Nerazzurri at the back end of last season.

Which is a lot different to January, when it seemed he was Everton bound.

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Sam Allardyce pursued the Croatian fervently throughout winter. As summed up by Football Italia the Toffees were one of several teams willing to buy the player, with his time at Inter coming to an end. The Nerazzurri were apparently looking for a fee in the region of €28 million (£24.5 million) for the player.

But no deal ever came to fruition. Now Everton must be wishing that Big Sam and co had pushed the deal over the line.

Everton are said to be on the lookout for class improvements this summer and Brozovic is proving to be just that.

Inter Milan will be ecstatic that they did not end up selling the player. But watching him thrive for Croatia at the World Cup will continue to give Everton fans that feeling of missing out.                       

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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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