Sky Italia, meanwhile, claim that Juventus have pulled out of the race to sign Lukaku after Everton agreed an £18m deal with Chelsea for the striker. The Italian giants are reportedly close to signing Alvaro Morata in any case who was their first-choice target this summer according to sources.
The Mail report suggests somewhat cryptically that "extensive preparations have been made" for the Belgian's return to the club and King, formerly of the Liverpool Echo, followed the publication of the report online with a similar tweet:
Increasing confidence that @Everton will complete a deal for Romelu Lukaku: looking like extensive preparations been made for his arrival.
In The Telegraph, meanwhile, Chris Bascombe also suggests that Roberto Martinez is confident that the club have "made a breakthrough" on Lukaku and hope to agree terms with the 21-year-old "in the next few days". He also raises another loan move as an option but the player has effectively ruled that option out while Chelsea are unlikely to sanction that unless he signs a new contract at Stamford Bridge.
The Liverpool Echo have also weighed in backing up the "confidence" line from insiders that the Blues will be able to persuade Lukaku to join.
Lukaku is currently on holiday after his World Cup exploits with Belgium where he is mulling over his future. Wolfsburg and Tottenham are the two clubs most often touted as being in competition with the Blues for Lukaku. Mooted interest from Atletico Madrid and Juventus has waned in the wake of their respective moves for Mario Mandzukic and Morata.
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1 Posted 18/07/2014 at 23:14:06
Fingers and toes crossed.
2 Posted 18/07/2014 at 23:14:39
3 Posted 18/07/2014 at 23:14:29
More earth-shattering news is, Everton are talking to Ferencvaros and Monaco about Besic and Traore, respectively. Chicharito Hernandez is another player expected at FF in the near future. Happy days.
4 Posted 18/07/2014 at 23:19:03
5 Posted 18/07/2014 at 23:21:56
6 Posted 18/07/2014 at 23:23:04
7 Posted 18/07/2014 at 23:26:33
8 Posted 18/07/2014 at 23:24:54
9 Posted 18/07/2014 at 23:26:09
10 Posted 18/07/2014 at 23:30:15
I thought it was very coincidental that he has been odds-on with Sky for the last week to rejoin us.
This is the one signing that would make a statement; I just hope it goes through OK.
11 Posted 18/07/2014 at 23:31:52
IÃ‚ll get excited when thereÃ‚s a picture of him on the Official website wearing the new shirt. Not a minute before.
12 Posted 18/07/2014 at 23:36:45
13 Posted 18/07/2014 at 23:37:37
14 Posted 18/07/2014 at 23:31:53
Roberto Martinez is either a great or a Jelavic, and anyone who can get ٥ million for a player who is everywhere the ball has just been, must be IMO great!
15 Posted 18/07/2014 at 23:41:49
16 Posted 18/07/2014 at 23:38:16
Roberto has stated that he wants/needs three attacking players so, hopefully that means Lukaku, Hernandez and Traore.
17 Posted 18/07/2014 at 23:43:36
18 Posted 18/07/2014 at 23:54:24
19 Posted 19/07/2014 at 00:09:58
Think we should try to get someone like Jay Rodriguez to fill in on the right/ replacement for Deulofeu
Will be really chuffed if Lukaku signs, shows intent. Not sure about Besic Ã‚â€“ would rather have Cleverly, but I trust Martinez.
20 Posted 19/07/2014 at 00:19:52
Let's hope this is fucking legit and we get the lad in.
21 Posted 19/07/2014 at 00:16:37
22 Posted 19/07/2014 at 00:18:26
23 Posted 19/07/2014 at 00:27:06
24 Posted 19/07/2014 at 00:28:18
25 Posted 19/07/2014 at 00:32:14
26 Posted 19/07/2014 at 00:26:14
27 Posted 19/07/2014 at 00:33:33
28 Posted 19/07/2014 at 00:20:56
This would be great if it has substance. If we get those players, top 4 is on. In fact, Sky bet will probably be giving odds on which of the Ã‚Sky 4Ã‚ will be cacking themselves the most.
Now that all the international stuff is out of the way, letÃ‚s get the proper stuff back on the agenda.
Z-Cars, floodlit GP, a pint, bag of chips (loads of vinegar), avoiding the horse shit on Goodison Road and a European tour ...... CanÃ‚t wait, me.
29 Posted 19/07/2014 at 00:50:46
30 Posted 19/07/2014 at 00:54:16
Lukaku Signed for Everton on 19/07/14 he was piggy backed into finch farm by Bill Kenwright with a brief case with a label on saying "Arteta Money" Lukaku and Bill went back to BillÃ‚s to watch Friday night smackdown whilst Bill was counting his remaining pennies for the rest of the transfer window.
31 Posted 19/07/2014 at 00:56:27
32 Posted 19/07/2014 at 01:06:24
Besic has been with the team at the hotel for days, and has been training with them.
34 Posted 19/07/2014 at 01:46:48
35 Posted 19/07/2014 at 01:48:59
36 Posted 19/07/2014 at 02:10:36
As for Romelu, please please please let this be true. With the RS losing their main man and Rom becoming ours, plus Ross laughing Man City off, things could be coming together nice.
One slight worry I would have is if we were to get all three attackers mentioned, they all play in the centre-forward position. I feel this would leave us a little lightweight in wide areas. I'd like us to get two out of the three and a pacey wide man with Mirallas style play.
37 Posted 19/07/2014 at 02:22:17
Could someone please explain to me why they're pleased with Hernandez rumours? He seems to be an okay impact sub but looked pretty bad the few times I saw him start for Man Utd.
38 Posted 19/07/2014 at 02:32:26
And imo Paul, Hernandez is a brilliant striker. He is extremely quick and fantastic in the air (a rare mix) and a good finisher. If he wasn't behind the world class RvP and a very effective Rooney, he would have made a big impact in the Premier League.
I don't know where the rumours are about Hernandez, but personally I'd imagine he would come instead of Lukaku, not as well as him, as we favour a one striker system and Hernandez will only move for guaranteed first-team football.
39 Posted 19/07/2014 at 02:24:56
The bookies usually are the first to know if there any truth in rumours, I'm not saying they would shorten our odds if Lukaku alone signed, but they would if we were nailed on to sign Hernandes, Besic and Traore as well.
So I'm not getting overexcited yet!
40 Posted 19/07/2014 at 03:16:35
41 Posted 19/07/2014 at 03:44:20
Everton don't have the money to sign a truly proven striker at this point, so to me, Lukaku is the next best thing.
I have 100% confidence in Roberto's ability to coach him up as well, so to me, this would be worth it, even if we have less than 㾶 million left for the rest of the summer.
42 Posted 19/07/2014 at 04:39:41
Traore has a great "I want to play" attitude and Martinez loves him. So much so that he personally indoctrinated him on all things Everton. He can also hit the ball better than Lukaku and can get on the end of things.
Hernandez I would love but we'll not be signing 3 strikers. A Delboy replacement express train would be useful but, apart from Valencia, I can't think of any. This guy, incidentally, is the fastest player in the Premier League. His recorded mph is higher than Hazard, Sterling and co and it's hard to see him leaving Old Trafford.
A quick wing counter-attack and an early cross won the World Cup. I hope Roberto was watching.
43 Posted 19/07/2014 at 06:00:07
We also need another right back to cover Seamus and a good centre half.. Ron Vlaar?
44 Posted 19/07/2014 at 05:55:11
45 Posted 19/07/2014 at 07:43:35
Again, if it comes off, I would want to see him on a 5-year deal. When you get to the last 2 years of a deal, the club is backed into a corner and if he did the business and kept improving then he will be in demand. Plus he isn't shy about where he feels he should be playing.
I personally feel he isn't quite good enough for the stage where he feels his very special talents deserve regularly showcasing. But he is 20 and on the up. Maybe he can get there with us.
He's a man in a hurry, no doubt. But I reckon we are absolutely ideal for him for a couple of seasons. A progressive manager who knows him and has already improved him, where he would be what he wants to be: the main man playing regular football. Only injuries or attitude can stop this being a very prudent signing.
46 Posted 19/07/2014 at 08:06:48
It’s where he played for us right at the beginning of last season, it’s how Martinez used him at Wigan (Di Santo and Rodallega played down the middle) and it’s how he’s played for Ivory Coast with the likes of Drogba playing the No 9 role.
This could mean Martinez isn’t looking to replace Deulofeu as Kone will be the extra body in those positions.
And yes, I am aware that Kone’s squad number is 9. That doesn’t make him a No 9...
47 Posted 19/07/2014 at 08:19:18
We’ve more chance of signing Thomas Muller.
As I said above, Martinez might just feel he’s got the wide areas covered through Kone, and if he doesn’t I would expect another loan on deadline day, possibly from Barcelona again.
48 Posted 19/07/2014 at 08:26:30
I won't believe it till it's done though. What happened to "Besic signing in the next 48 hours" from last Tuesday?
49 Posted 19/07/2014 at 08:32:04
*If I'm honest, my wife is the boss and the brains of the operation but hey, a fella can still pretend. Anyway, if I do go to the pub more, she will probably be happy to have me out from under her feet for an hour.
On a serious note, I'm with a lot of people on these 'potential' signings. As exciting as they sound, I'll believe them when they happen.
50 Posted 19/07/2014 at 08:23:46
㾾 to 20M would be a brilliant deal, 16 goals last season, not always on the boil and quite a bad injury. He will bring confidence and 20 goals a season. Opposition defences will have something to think about, both in the box and as he cuts in from the right; quick, strong ..... Please let it be true.
51 Posted 19/07/2014 at 08:49:55
52 Posted 19/07/2014 at 08:54:59
53 Posted 19/07/2014 at 09:02:48
I'm so certain we've got him, I staked ٟ on it being true.
At 21 and scoring around 15 goals in each of the last two seasons, he will be a brilliant signing for us.
54 Posted 19/07/2014 at 09:01:24
Barry is already signed up, Besic is the midfielder we want and the attacking targets are Lukaku, Traore & god knows who?
It says he will use the loan market and I wouldn't be surprised if we're waiting till the last minute to see what the situation at BarÃƒÂ§a is with Deulofeu, whether Luis Enrique considers him part of the first team squad or whether he feels Gezza needs to go out and get games?!
If not him, then I can see us trying to sign Adama Traore on loan from BarÃƒÂ§a instead. Martinez, according to Greg O'Keeffe in the Echo, said he wanted two strikers (Rom & Traore), two midfielders (Barry & Besic), a winger & a CB but he must be happy with his options at the back now and knocked that option off the list and his going with five signings and youth.
Got to admit though, I wasn't keen on the idea of having to spend 㿀M+ on Lukaku but if we could get him for 㾾M then we've done really well Ã‚â€“ but I wouldn't believe anything just yet; could be a long way to go on the Lukaku front!
And as for a wing option, I'd of loved for us to of been in for Perisic from Wolfsburg, always thought he was decent but he showed his class this World Cup, he would of added a lot of quality to the squad, but obviously the majority of our funds are tied up in Rom.
55 Posted 19/07/2014 at 09:17:23
You can buy as many strikers as you want but, if there is no-one to supply the ammo, they will struggle to score.
56 Posted 19/07/2014 at 09:28:52
57 Posted 19/07/2014 at 09:45:20
58 Posted 19/07/2014 at 09:58:44
To quote Top Gun "His ego's writing cheques his bod can't cash."
59 Posted 19/07/2014 at 10:01:04
So Naismith to lead the line for the first three games of the season!!! I can't wait...
60 Posted 19/07/2014 at 10:04:18
61 Posted 19/07/2014 at 09:47:00
Many fans are clearly unable to read anything online without foaming at the mouth when it doesn't result in a signed contract within 24 hours. It's a bit idiotic really since the majority of the stories we read are actually bollocks. How many players have we been linked to this summer? We could probably have two new squads with all the ones that we've been told we're after.
I've no idea whether we'll eventually sign Lukaku but, if we end up getting him for 㾾M, that will be an absolute steal and it will further justify the club's patience in waiting for the other bidders to drop out, rather than pay 㾶M extra that we can't afford for absolutely no reason Ã‚â€“ he can't even join pre-season as he's on his post-World Cup hols!
There was a lot of venting about the Ba situation too, Besiktas obviously happy to pay him 㿼k/week and we were not. Seems to me the club is entirely correct to stand its ground rather than overpay average players and break our wage structure.
62 Posted 19/07/2014 at 10:16:12
He has 2 years left on his contract at SB and, apparently, is refusing an extension and to sit on the bench as cover for Costa and Torres. So, Jose can say what he likes but if the player is determined to leave, he will.
63 Posted 19/07/2014 at 10:27:43
64 Posted 19/07/2014 at 10:54:05
There's a temptation to think we need a load of ready made players for our four-trophy challenge but I'd rather see the youth back up a decent squad.
65 Posted 19/07/2014 at 11:12:05
@Chester Barnes: you've set the bar for delusional optimism.
66 Posted 19/07/2014 at 11:22:30
67 Posted 19/07/2014 at 11:27:59
If he [Lukaku] was to return Ã‚â€“ and gut instinct says it would be a difficult one for Everton to pull off at this stage Ã‚â€“ then it would make Martinez's task a whole lot easier.
Everton have made big strides under the Spaniard, but standing still in the Premier League means you are going backwards. The Blues cannot allow that to happen this summer.
It won't be easy Ã‚â€“ the whole footballing world is on the lookout for centre forwards who can make a difference Ã‚â€“ but Everton must get this one right.
Their season could depend on it.
Come in Number Nine, your time is up!
68 Posted 19/07/2014 at 11:28:57
Would they really need 48 hours' notice to be ready for the crowd of people running through the door demanding Lukaku shirts?
69 Posted 19/07/2014 at 11:32:24
70 Posted 19/07/2014 at 11:39:31
Mourinho also saying that business is concluded for them etc.
Hope it does happen, and I would also like us to get Hernandez from Man Utd!
This Besic deal seem to be dragging on a bit too!
71 Posted 19/07/2014 at 11:41:25
He would play every game, have the benefit of Martinez as a manager who will surely improve him as a young player. He will get more media exposure here than sat on his arse on the bench at Chelsea.
If he does sign along with 2 or 3 quality players, we will be knocking on the top 4 door this season as well, he should be able to work that out.
72 Posted 19/07/2014 at 12:02:51
73 Posted 19/07/2014 at 12:06:49
I'd be amazed if Chelsea sell him to any other club. They have lost a couple of strikers and, unless Torres is going to turn himself into the player he once was, I just don't see it.
I just want something to happen soon as we seem to be getting a bit left behind here.
On another point, I don't think they have replaced Stubbs or Irvine and apparently Lescott is already moaning about the lack of transfer activity.
Who would be a football manager?
74 Posted 19/07/2014 at 11:51:33
However, if we buy Rom, renew Traore loan and have bought Barry.... aren't we with the same squad as last season? Minus Del Boy? I thought the idea was to improve each transfer window.
So, I am hoping Rom comes in and SeÃƒÂ±or Martinez brings in a few more names and a couple that can improve the starting 11, not just the squad.
75 Posted 19/07/2014 at 12:17:36
Hernandez not coming!!
Besic just waiting for paperwork to be finalised...
76 Posted 19/07/2014 at 12:14:17
ps: I like Greg O'Keefe but he's not the oracle and, if HE doesn't break the news, he likes to downplay other journos' rumours. All will be clearer come Monday.
77 Posted 19/07/2014 at 12:21:07
78 Posted 19/07/2014 at 12:23:35
79 Posted 19/07/2014 at 12:31:31
80 Posted 19/07/2014 at 12:27:43
To add further weight to this news other sources like makeuparumour.com, gossipRus.co.uk, letstalkbullshit.com and email@example.com. Are all reporting, and spreading, this news.
81 Posted 19/07/2014 at 12:35:55
82 Posted 19/07/2014 at 12:36:42
83 Posted 19/07/2014 at 12:46:29
84 Posted 19/07/2014 at 12:50:40
85 Posted 19/07/2014 at 12:51:31
86 Posted 19/07/2014 at 13:08:05
87 Posted 19/07/2014 at 13:06:33
Although I’m so disappointed with his stalling for time and attitude (whilst hoping for a "BIG" CL club to come and love him).
88 Posted 19/07/2014 at 13:11:40
89 Posted 19/07/2014 at 13:15:51
90 Posted 19/07/2014 at 13:19:55
91 Posted 19/07/2014 at 13:20:41
Let's hope they go on to throw their toys out of the Prem!
92 Posted 19/07/2014 at 12:56:21
So with Costa and Torres as the first two, if they're still thinking like that, Romelu would drop down to number four.
I don't think Bamford got on the pitch while on loan for Derby in the play-off final against QPR, but he's apparently started off in the first team for Chelsea in their first pre-season friendly, and scored. Chelski might still loan Bamford out again, but I think Romelu can see the writing on the wall.
And for Chelsea, getting 㿀-odd million for a striker they're not sure about could be good business.
93 Posted 19/07/2014 at 13:23:29
94 Posted 19/07/2014 at 13:28:30
95 Posted 19/07/2014 at 13:33:46
96 Posted 19/07/2014 at 13:34:08
97 Posted 19/07/2014 at 13:38:00
Dalglish signed Henderson; but you are right Ã‚â€“ Brenda’s have been very poor.
98 Posted 19/07/2014 at 13:39:44
99 Posted 19/07/2014 at 13:14:32
Just shows how signing younger players or under 25/26 years old bears fruit, they generally hold the sell-on value. We even managed to make a profit on Jela!?! Nice business if Remy is coming in for ٦.5M as well.
Just shows how safe a signing Lukaku would be if we can pull it off. From purely a footballing perspective, he’s good... but just isn’t ready for where he wants to be yet. The World Cup showed that and most Evertonians know it. If he started drifting in and out of games and exhibited some of his frankly fucking shoddy back-to-goal play for a regular Champions League outfit, he’d be back to having splinters in his arse.
That’s why there’s possibly no demand from the market he wants. Maybe, we will see. Bit like Fellaini’s clause. There was no demand from the "big" clubs as nobody thought he was worth it. Well, until Moyes and Woodward shat it on deadline day.
I honestly believe Lukaku could do a lot worse than us. Couple of seasons of regular football, hopefully plenty of European thrown in, he would rapidly improve. At the moment he’s raw, got the basics and knocks in 15 league.
Now shut up, check your ego and sign where your wanted.
100 Posted 19/07/2014 at 13:46:28
101 Posted 19/07/2014 at 13:27:18
Prevarication should have been included on the wording of the latest badge Ã‚â€“ dithering was not invented by OFM!
102 Posted 19/07/2014 at 13:43:34
103 Posted 19/07/2014 at 13:48:46
Borini 32 league games 7 goals
Lukaku 31 league games 15 goals.
PLUS 1 goal every 2 games the season before.
104 Posted 19/07/2014 at 13:56:32
Where are these Hernandez rumours from, because I like them! Besic, Rom, Hernandez, a cheeky BarÃƒÂ§a winger and bring a couple of kids up and IÃ‚m a very happy fan.
105 Posted 19/07/2014 at 14:06:31
106 Posted 19/07/2014 at 14:14:30
Hernandez not coming!!
Besic just waiting for paperwork to be finalised...
You heard it here first
107 Posted 19/07/2014 at 14:30:26
Why would Chelski let Lukaku leave on loan when he only has two years left on his contract? Why would Lukaku sign a new contract when Diego Costa is blocking his route into the first team?
108 Posted 19/07/2014 at 14:42:23
Real Madrid C.F.
Real Madrid C. F. have reached an agreement with Juventus FC to sell @AlvaroMorata to the Italian club. #halamadrid http://t.co/Gljud8oYtZ.
Rom not likely to be content with 3rd or 4th choice there.
109 Posted 19/07/2014 at 14:40:09
It’s now on thespursfan website I.e." Lukaku snubs Spurs for Everton"!! So it’s official now. Game over. He’s ours (he says whilst praying very quietly).
110 Posted 19/07/2014 at 14:47:23
111 Posted 19/07/2014 at 15:04:04
A simple OK Eric you where right next week will do.
Lukaku wants a new improved contract at Chelsea and to go back to Everton to further improve his game, and he said only to Everton..
112 Posted 19/07/2014 at 15:11:51
113 Posted 19/07/2014 at 15:20:10
114 Posted 19/07/2014 at 15:02:52
If he signs though, IÃ‚d immediately get the rest of them in a room and very slowly and deliberately say they following..
"Over the next season, if I see one of you...just ONE! (look around, let that sink in) play a ball into this manÃ‚s feet (hold up pic of Rom), when he has his back to goal and a defender practically stuck up his freckle, I will leave it to this man (enter stern looking Duncan holding baseball bat) to Ã‚explainÃ‚ why thatÃ‚s not a good idea. I donÃ‚t care if heÃ‚s screaming for it. Find. Another. Option. ItÃ‚s really very simple gentlemen, if has good balls to run onto, he scores, if he gets balls into his feet, while he has hairy-arse defenders stuck up him, he doesnÃ‚t. Get that into your heads and take it on the park with you"
116 Posted 19/07/2014 at 15:30:57
Encourage Lukaku to run the channels and make good runs into 18 yard box when we are in possesion in the wide areas.
Balls played into his feet are the last option.
117 Posted 19/07/2014 at 15:37:22
118 Posted 19/07/2014 at 15:48:44
Agreed... although Jags seems to me to have difficulty with..um..Ã‚changeÃ‚ and I get the impression he needs things explaining VERY clearly.
119 Posted 19/07/2014 at 15:26:42
I think you once suggested something similar about not giving the ball away
120 Posted 19/07/2014 at 16:35:53
121 Posted 19/07/2014 at 16:44:16
123 Posted 19/07/2014 at 17:19:53
124 Posted 19/07/2014 at 17:38:15
125 Posted 19/07/2014 at 17:54:58
126 Posted 19/07/2014 at 17:52:47
127 Posted 19/07/2014 at 17:58:01
128 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:00:46
129 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:02:53
130 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:09:37
131 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:02:36
It's well documented his desire to play in the CL but, apart from Wolfsburg, no big European team has come in for him. It's obvious he loves playing for Roberto and with the lads so, despite having other choices, I honestly think he will end up where he feels he is loved and appreciated.
132 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:15:31
133 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:17:23
134 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:13:13
136 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:19:27
137 Posted 19/07/2014 at 17:46:22
Now, if folks are thinking of him being the same impact sub for us, and maybe giving us a possible bump in sales down in Mexico, then okay I guess. But I don't see him starting in our 4-2-3-1, unless RM has some tactical changes in mind. Personally, I'd rather go with Naismith who can do a lot of what Hernandez can do and is in better form, then give someone like McAleny a shot.
138 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:15:54
Can we have some thread on a subject that is worth discussing, even what the weather tomorrow is likely to be, or perhaps who is the biggest jerk among the Prem managers for instance.
139 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:18:59
There might be other snags to completing the deal but the lad is German and no one can take that away from him unless he formally renounced his country of birth.
140 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:21:24
I am confident that we will sign some good players but all this stuff at the moment is just rumour after rumour.
141 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:27:47
142 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:29:24
143 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:29:40
144 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:26:40
Rom may well have to return to the bridge on Monday as he's still, technically, a chav player. But it will only be to tell Jose to fuck off and to stuff Drogba where the sun don't shine. In Rom I trust. I hope he's a man of his word.
145 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:23:57
From Soccer Manager.com
Born to Bosnian parents, Besic started his career in Berlin, but not in Hertha Berlin, he started his career in Tennis Borussia Berlin. In 2009 he was snapped up by Hamburg. He was one of the most important players in the A-youth squad and was perhaps the most imprtant player for coach Soner ÃƒÅ“ysal. He was sometimes even used as an offensive midfielder by ÃƒÅ“ysal! This is probably, in my opinion beacuse his vision for the game is perhaps he even as good as playmakers one.
146 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:28:28
147 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:33:52
148 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:34:30
149 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:33:07
As for the McCarthy rumours. Well it's a slow weekend, Cricket, F1, rain, more cricket etc... These journos have to justify their salaries by writing any bs that comes into their heads.
150 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:39:57
151 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:40:45
154 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:53:07
Ignore the Sky-inspired rumours regarding one of their favourite teams. Drogba is back next week and that is the final nail in the Lukaku saga. He might not sign for us but he certainly won't be staying at Chelsea.
155 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:52:49
We have also have got the whole window in which to spend said kitty, rather than the last 24 hours. Martinez is desperate for a proper number 9, and we are all left wondering whether Elstone and the board are up to something, they are fecking useless, or, our targets will not commit to signing.
156 Posted 19/07/2014 at 19:05:02
It's been a very frustrating transfer window so far for Everton fans. Let's hope it gets better soon.
157 Posted 19/07/2014 at 19:03:05
The one thing that David Moyes alluded to when he left Goodison and has troubled me ever since. It was something along the lines of DM knowing how they work at Goodison.
If it comes to pass that we don't spend the necessary funds to help Roberto build a team, then I for one will be asking who exactly is it that pulls the strings at Goodison? I refuse to believe that a dyed-in-the-wool Evertonian would carry out this charade year-in & year-out without a little remorse; however, a money grabbing non-board member would probably be able to sleep easy, safe in the knowledge that he will never come under scrutiny because he isn't tied to the club.
158 Posted 19/07/2014 at 19:05:47
Why donÃ‚t we all just sit back, relax and enjoy the Summer as I am sure, when Ã‚Ã‚real newsÃ‚Ã‚ breaks, it will be bona-fide and not stuff thatÃ‚s going to confuse the hell out of us. Having said all that... did anyone see Messi at Finch Farm on Wednesday?
159 Posted 19/07/2014 at 19:12:32
160 Posted 19/07/2014 at 19:21:13
161 Posted 19/07/2014 at 19:30:06
How do 'we' (you) know that for a fact?
162 Posted 19/07/2014 at 19:33:11
163 Posted 19/07/2014 at 19:37:53
164 Posted 19/07/2014 at 19:40:43
165 Posted 19/07/2014 at 19:47:10
166 Posted 19/07/2014 at 20:07:47
Jackie 264, says that Utd and Spurs are now interested in McCarthy. If this report is indeed true, he wont leave for Spurs, I doubt he would leave us for Utd but I'm less sure about that!
So we've gone from signing 4 quality players to now losing 1 instead!
167 Posted 19/07/2014 at 20:36:36
Who can blame BK for being prudent enough to save that sort of money by completing signings on deadline day?
(Don't all write in at once!)
168 Posted 19/07/2014 at 20:54:00
We also sold Fellaini, Anichebe and Jelavic for a combined total circa. 㿔m. So we have raised our revenues by something approaching 㿲m, after paying Fellaini's old club a sell-on fee. (Rough guesses of course)
Our outlay last season was approx. 㿅m on McCarthy, Kone, Robles and loan fees. We have spent another ٟm landing Gareth Barry.
Clearly, I don't know when this money lands in the bank, or how those outgoings were structured.
If we haven't got at least 㿅m for transfers put aside, I would be amazed.
169 Posted 19/07/2014 at 19:00:32
170 Posted 19/07/2014 at 21:30:56
171 Posted 20/07/2014 at 02:16:48
Hence the saying "Where's the Arteta money Bill?"
172 Posted 20/07/2014 at 13:50:09
173 Posted 21/07/2014 at 11:41:53
An oft muttered phrase by a colleague in my office is "beaten like a red-headed step-child." but I think youÃ‚ve actually gone one better there, Nicholas.
174 Posted 21/07/2014 at 11:55:46
Our income for the following season will also be several million higher because of Europa League earnings. I expect therefore that we've earnt an extra 㿔-50M from TV money and transfer dealings in the past year, and that a transfer spend of around 㿊M (which I expect, and perhaps even higher, depending on the Lukaku situation) is not irreconcilable with the average net spending figures of the last decade.
I think Lukaku is holding up spending at the moment, but Martinez clearly wants to take him on a permanent basis and to do so will take at least 㿀M.
175 Posted 22/07/2014 at 17:04:26
176 Posted 22/07/2014 at 17:12:22
177 Posted 22/07/2014 at 17:11:33
Just seen it on ssn, "the expected arrival of Droghba puts lukaku's future in the further doubt".
178 Posted 24/07/2014 at 10:45:34
179 Posted 24/07/2014 at 11:32:30
Wednesday July 23: RZ Pellets, Klagenfurt Stadium, Austria
Sunday July 27: NK Olimpija Ljubljana, Stozice Stadium, Slovenia
Wednesday July 30: Vitesse Arnhem, Arnhem Stadium, Netherlands
Sunday August 3: Werder Bremen, Wesser Stadium, Germany
Sunday August 10: Ferencvaros, Stadion Albert Florian, Hungary
Tuesday August 12: Real Sociedad, Stamford Bridge
Surely if Lukaku was in Mourinho's plans he would be back with the Chelsea and being re-integrated into their squad. Seems that Colin's comments earlier in the week of Rom not linking up with Chelsea have substance. If we are going to sign Lukaku surely it needs to be concluded in the next week?
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