The highly-rated fullback has been a stand-out performer for the Bundesliga club this season and would be a terrific signing but the Blues face fierce competition for the 23-year-old from the Gunners, Manchester City and AC Milan.
There were suggestions last Thursday that Kolasinic had already signed for an "unnamed Premier League club" and reports claim that it's Arsenal who have landed him after offering him a bumper contract. 19/4/17 Update It appears, however, that Kolasinac is still weighing up his options and is considering offers from all four the clubs named above.
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1 Posted 13/04/2017 at 18:53:40
2 Posted 13/04/2017 at 19:42:50
3 Posted 13/04/2017 at 21:40:11
4 Posted 14/04/2017 at 01:10:45
5 Posted 14/04/2017 at 06:52:14
Joseph I've seen a few games of his as well and he would make a hell of a replacement for Baines on the left, but he would command the starting position, so where does Baines go for the next few years? With a back 3 and 2 wing backs it could work:
Coleman, Holgate, Jagielka / Funes Mori, Kolasinac, Baines
6 Posted 14/04/2017 at 07:27:30
This is what happens to a club in 7th place trying to get Champions League quality players.
I am sure we can bring in one or two Gueye-style gems in quickly but the bigger fish are harder to land
7 Posted 14/04/2017 at 11:13:36
8 Posted 14/04/2017 at 13:10:16
I'd say early business for defenders. We need two or three, including a right back now that Coleman is out for a long long time. Attacking players, and maybe even a goalie will have to wait till August, but not sell either Lukaku or Barkley till then either. I'm also hoping that Koeman will refuse to sell both this summer. If Barkley goes, Lukaku stays.
9 Posted 14/04/2017 at 13:40:56
Kone going, deals done for Gibson, McGeady, Oviedo, and you'd expect Deulofeu. Further outs with Lukaku, McCarthy, Lennon, Funes Mori, and possibly Robles.
Big wages and decent fees coming in, this is really going to set down a marker of what Koeman, Moshiri and Walsh are about. Here's hoping to a massive rebuilding job on a scale never seen before potentially history defining of getting back up to the top table.
10 Posted 14/04/2017 at 13:57:28
11 Posted 14/04/2017 at 14:02:30
12 Posted 14/04/2017 at 14:27:50
13 Posted 14/04/2017 at 14:32:08
14 Posted 14/04/2017 at 15:40:46
For me we definitely need another left-back, but have also been very impressed with Robinson for the U23s.
If we can't get this guy in then Shaw or Blind would be a perfect option for us.
15 Posted 14/04/2017 at 18:43:13
16 Posted 14/04/2017 at 20:03:12
17 Posted 14/04/2017 at 21:20:51
Talking of Arsenal, I wouldn't mind Kieran Gibbs as a left-back option. Always thought he looked good and might be a cheaper option than Ryan Bertrand.
18 Posted 14/04/2017 at 22:23:56
19 Posted 15/04/2017 at 03:36:30
20 Posted 15/04/2017 at 03:36:37
21 Posted 15/04/2017 at 04:40:52
22 Posted 15/04/2017 at 06:47:46
23 Posted 15/04/2017 at 07:08:38
Notice recently that we're now not being mentioned in talks of Van Dijk's future, despite our interest being clearly stated months ago. Big Six first and foremost.
24 Posted 15/04/2017 at 08:04:23
Ricardo Rodriguez, Charlie Taylor or Ben Chilwell.
25 Posted 15/04/2017 at 08:12:32
Well that analogy fits us in the transfer market. We'd be as well asking the Sky Six who they will be buying and then seeking out the next crop available.
For example, the BBC says Klopp is intent on buying Van Dijk. I'm really sorry to say this but he ain't going to swerve huge wages and Champions League (probably) to move to Goodison.
26 Posted 15/04/2017 at 08:50:06
27 Posted 15/04/2017 at 09:07:53
28 Posted 15/04/2017 at 09:15:46
I do not accept your view that, if the Gunners lose a few top names, they will drop out of contention for honours.
Spread over the years they have replaced entire squads of international players yet they still retained top four positions. I could say the same for Man Utd and Chelsea.
This year the RS seem likely to break into that elite group of clubs and even their most ardent supporters would say their squad is at the same level as their earlier teams.
One thing those clubs have had are managers rated as best of the best. Koeman has not convinced me that he is of the same calibre. I sincerely hope to be proved wrong.
29 Posted 15/04/2017 at 09:22:55
30 Posted 15/04/2017 at 09:27:14
31 Posted 15/04/2017 at 09:59:19
However, when you consider that Man Utd spent £157 million in the summer and Man City spent £168 million, then you have to wonder how a team bridges the gap, regardless of their manager.
Leicester caught everyone napping, but you can only achieve such a feat once. To have sustained success, you need to have real quality throughout the squad and that takes a few seasons of spending a lot of money.
Man City spent £152 million the summer before and in the last 3 seasons have never looked capable of winning the title. They have Champions League status and a net spend of £238 million over two summers. They also have a manager who is supposed to be top 3 in the world.
Our net spend since the premier league began in 1992 is £113 million. We need to have realistic targets and patience.
32 Posted 15/04/2017 at 10:12:44
Remember last season and the story that we would have to sell Stones to buy players or fall foul of FFP?
Has anything changed since then?
33 Posted 15/04/2017 at 10:28:29
Which teams will we suddenly outspend? Certainly none of the top 6.
We need to have realistic targets and ambition. We are where Spurs were several seasons ago.
34 Posted 15/04/2017 at 10:39:49
We either cut our cloth to suit, or sell big to buy big... IF we can attract the big players with only the Europa League on offer?
35 Posted 15/04/2017 at 10:51:59
I would also point out that Arsenal are a London club so can also point to the lifestyle he can have in a capital city which always gives the big London clubs an advantage over provincial city clubs.
There are always other fish in the footy sea. If we couldn't get this fish, let's bait our hook and try again and try not to get too obsessed about the one that may or may not have got away.
36 Posted 15/04/2017 at 11:15:24
37 Posted 15/04/2017 at 11:19:19
Our way forward HAS to be the development of our own players supplemented by good buys, eg, Schneiderlin and unearthing a gem or two. We are on the way with the youngsters and the profit we will make on Lukaku added to what we made on Stones will help.
The new stadium is crucial but this is all medium term stuff- we all hope it will be overnight but most likely it will be the "project" which Ronald keeps mentioning and at the moment the foundations are there and we have to build from there.
We all know what we need next- two rock solid and much younger centre-backs and a reliable a. We can score goals but can be shaky at the back and whilst we have youngsters coming through at full back and midfield we don't appear to have the solution (yet) at centre-back.
This Bosnian would have been ideal but it is difficult to compete with the prospect of living in London where the foreign players are concerned. If I was offered a job in either Paris or Bordeaux it would be no contest and we can't do a lot about that.
38 Posted 15/04/2017 at 12:16:04
Talk to any RedShite and they'll say, if they're honest ,we have more money to spend.
39 Posted 15/04/2017 at 12:46:13
40 Posted 16/04/2017 at 11:35:53
I disagree with Dave Williams @ 37 - Holgate & Galloway will be centre-backs though it's a shame they are not 3/4 years apart; can't see us starting with them both in the 2017/18 season.
A centre-back pairing of Holgate & Williams to start next season would be great, would leave experience on the bench in Jagielka & Funes Mori with further youth behind them in Galloway & Pennington. Ideally we'd move on one of the experienced three and bring in Keane who IMO would be a certain starter but would be moving on in a couple of years (Man Utd boy at heart) leaving Galloway, Pennington or Holgate to be the choice for us.
41 Posted 16/04/2017 at 15:11:47
42 Posted 16/04/2017 at 20:15:11
43 Posted 17/04/2017 at 07:36:15
44 Posted 17/04/2017 at 12:14:36
Our last trophy was won before some of the players we're linked with were born. They're not interested in history they're interested in the now. They'll also take some convincing of the brightness of our future, again they want the now!
In addition, foreign players are naturally going to be drawn to the bright lights of London so, despite the fact that we have new money, we're still fighting an uphill battle against five or six other teams on either the trophy and success front, or the geographical location front, or both.
45 Posted 17/04/2017 at 12:25:44
Having money is one thing, getting players here is another. It'll be an interesting summer.
46 Posted 17/04/2017 at 12:47:44
47 Posted 17/04/2017 at 13:01:33
All the names we're linked with: Van Dijk, Keane, Maguire, are right-footed. I'd prefer to have the balance. I actually think Koeman rates Funes Mori (though he's obviously had a messy year) so perhaps that'll do for him next season?
48 Posted 17/04/2017 at 15:34:27
Agree with you about the balance, especially if we occasionally play 3 at the back.
I actually like Funes Mori, and feel he would get more slack if he was English (makes less mistakes than Stones and is fearless).
Also with the high pressing they must have pace, which Galloway has in abundance. We'll still be a launchpad club for a few, but ideally like Atletico Madrid in terms of winning some stuff on the way.
49 Posted 17/04/2017 at 20:06:50
50 Posted 17/04/2017 at 20:19:24
51 Posted 18/04/2017 at 03:26:09
One on the leveling factors is that you can only have 11 players on the pitch at anyone time (12 if you count the referee for the Sky darlings). It's why the bigger clubs lobbied for more and more subs. It also allows the coach to earn their crust by rejigging the team mid-match if things are going wrong.
I propose a return to one sub and only then if a player is injured.
Also a return to balls with laces and round toecaps. That was real footie.
Oh and someone was talking about great managers. Klopp, can motivate a team in a derby but not in bread and butter games. Don't sound too great to me,
52 Posted 19/04/2017 at 16:18:30
53 Posted 19/04/2017 at 16:52:19
I'm sorry to say so but we'd better get used to hearing / reading that word with regards to our transfer business during the traditional summer of frustration.
Whilst Elstone and Kenwright still have their incompetent sticky mitts in our transfer business, our attempts to bring in top, new talent will be compromised by their amateur bungling or we'll pay way over the market rate.
Besides, we have left back covered with Galloway coming back and Antonee Robinson.
54 Posted 20/04/2017 at 08:27:48
With due respect to those Clubs mentioned, I'd like to think we have more standing and prestige. Any mooted transfer deals in the past would be dead in the water, against the so-called big clubs.
Apart from the inflated wages, I fail to understand why Chelsea, Man Utd, and Arsenal often are described as the ideal choice for a player.
My reasoning is this, how many times have players gone to these Clubs, especially the first two, fallen out of favour, and not even got a bench slot for weeks on end?
Next thing, they are bleating for regular football; surely, they are astute enough, or apparently not, to realise this.
55 Posted 20/04/2017 at 15:15:10
I am curious what you think of the Meyer kid in midfield as well as Uchida. I had high hopes for the young keeper, Timon(?), who went to Mallorca last year, but it doesn't appear he has a future with Schalke as I think they buried him somewhere in the lower leagues. Wonder what your thoughts are on him?
56 Posted 21/04/2017 at 03:27:06
We've been used to it since the 1980s. Other clubs took advantage of our scouting work for decades. It's gotten worse now that we have Walsh.
57 Posted 21/04/2017 at 03:28:38
Timon Wellenreuther? Timo Horn? Both German goalkeepers.
58 Posted 21/04/2017 at 05:18:05
As for Wellenreuther, I can't say very much. I recall he did well against Madrid in the champions league a few years back, but he seems to have gone out of favor. He is not even the Number 2 keeper as they have a 20-year-old who is on the bench every game. Ralf Fahrman, their #1, is an excellent keeper and type of signing I would like Everton to make, although as he just signed a new deal it won't happen.
Their midfielder Leon Goretzka is top class, and he will go on to win many caps for the German national team. I'd be over the moon if we were able to sign him although I really cannot see it happening.
59 Posted 21/04/2017 at 23:16:02
See #58 above. I didn't mean Timo Horn since I was aware that he did not play for Schalke. I wouldn't say no to him in goal for Everton though.
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