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Kolasinac mulling offers from four clubs

| Thursday, 13 April 2017  60 Comments  [Jump to last]
Updated Everton reportedly offered a contract to Sead Kolasinac whose contract at Schalke expires this summer but looked to have lost out on him to Arsenal.

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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Colin Glassar
1 Posted 13/04/2017 at 18:53:40
Hopefully, we get our business done early for once and don't wait until late into the window.
Joseph Terrence
2 Posted 13/04/2017 at 19:42:50
As someone who follows Schalke closely all I can say is that Kolasinac is the real deal. Pace and power in particular stick out but he can just play. He's got a bit of the Bosnian aggression in him as well. Let's hope besic can convince him to come because this is a top class left back.
Martin Reppion
3 Posted 13/04/2017 at 21:40:11
Totally agree Colin. We need to get the bulk of the business signed and sealed. Goalkeeper, Centre back, Striker. Any others the boss fancies and then Rooney as the icing. If we do that early we can persuade Lukaku we mean business. If we wait, we pay top dollar for mediocre performers and good players will jump ship.
Bob Hannigan
4 Posted 14/04/2017 at 01:10:45
I fully agree, Colin, let's get it done very early and very comprehensively. Fill in all the necessary positions.
Alexander Lee
5 Posted 14/04/2017 at 06:52:14
Agreed, Colin, let's get the starting squad assembled prior to Round One for once.

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

Sam Hoare
6 Posted 14/04/2017 at 07:27:30
I don't think it will be easy to get transfers done early. We will hopefully be chasing top quality players and the better players are likely to string us along a bit to see what other offers might come along. The Witsel effect.

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

Rob Halligan
7 Posted 14/04/2017 at 11:13:36
I didn't watch Schalke last night, as I had the Man Utd game on. Anyone who did watch Schalke, how did this lad play?
Roberto Birquet
8 Posted 14/04/2017 at 13:10:16
Business early means lowering your sights. The best players will not sign until they know that Chelsea, Man City etal will not buy them.

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.

Ian Bennett
9 Posted 14/04/2017 at 13:40:56
McGeady looks to be heading to Preston for £2.5m. Good for him and good business for us to shift his wages, and realise a very decent fee.

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.

Shane Corcoran
10 Posted 14/04/2017 at 13:57:28
Ian, where did you see that? Good move all round if true.
Ian McDowell
11 Posted 14/04/2017 at 14:02:30
This would be a good signing. He's very aggressive and quick too. Also at 6 foot he would bring some more height to our back line.
Stephen Karnes
12 Posted 14/04/2017 at 14:27:50
A lot of big clubs sniffing around him. Doubt he'd come here over United, et al.
Robert Elliott
13 Posted 14/04/2017 at 14:32:08
Apparently he's signed for Arsenal.
Gareth Clark
14 Posted 14/04/2017 at 15:40:46
Yes Please!

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.

Steve Carse
15 Posted 14/04/2017 at 18:43:13
Shaw or Blind – no thanks. I prefer the Leicester lad, Chilwell. Shaw never looks fit and Blind is a non-specialist.
Joe Foster
16 Posted 14/04/2017 at 20:03:12
Nope. Gone to Arsenal.
Sam Hoare
17 Posted 14/04/2017 at 21:20:51
Signing for Arsenal. We still have a way to go before we can really compete for the top level players.

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.

Gordon Crawford
18 Posted 14/04/2017 at 22:23:56
Rumour is he is signing for Arsenal. They have offered big wages. If that's true then it's going to a be a long summer transfer window. The reality is we can't compete with these clubs.
James Stewart
19 Posted 15/04/2017 at 03:36:30
We should not be getting gazumped by Arsenal, a club in utter turmoil.
Phil Malone Jnr
20 Posted 15/04/2017 at 03:36:37
Should have been sorted out in January.
Denver Daniels
21 Posted 15/04/2017 at 04:40:52
What about Ricardo Rodriguez of Wolfsburg instead as this guy seems to be going to Arsenal? Still only 24 but won't be cheap. Good replacement for Bainsey though.
Bob Parrington
22 Posted 15/04/2017 at 06:47:46
Steve #15. Couldn't agree more. Chilwell really looks like a young Leyton Baines to me. Same style, mannerisms, running etc. Incredibly similar. Would be a great addition IMO.
Will Mabon
23 Posted 15/04/2017 at 07:08:38
No slight on Chilwell's potential but the reality is, for the next few years he is more of the pool from which we're likely to recruit.

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.

Paul Ellam
24 Posted 15/04/2017 at 08:04:23
I would be happy for us to get one of the following left backs -
Ricardo Rodriguez, Charlie Taylor or Ben Chilwell.
Alan McGuffog
25 Posted 15/04/2017 at 08:12:32
You ever see these wildlife programmes? Lion takes down antelope. Eats his fill. Hyenas waiting in line. Then the buzzards and vultures get what's left?

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.

Mike Berry
26 Posted 15/04/2017 at 08:50:06
This is not sour grapes but Arsenal are a mess, and when Ozil and Sanchez leave – and they will despite Wenger's optimism – there will be a fall and we will take their place in the top 6.
Alan McGuffog
27 Posted 15/04/2017 at 09:07:53
Maybe, Mike... but only if Usmanov moves his wedge to L4. Until then, Arsenal will still offer better wages and London living. Sadly.
Dick Fearon
28 Posted 15/04/2017 at 09:15:46
Mike @26,

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.

Dick Fearon
29 Posted 15/04/2017 at 09:22:55
My above comment should have read, that RS fans would NOT say their teams are as good as their earlier ones.
Rob Halligan
30 Posted 15/04/2017 at 09:27:14
The last player to gazump Everton for Arsenal didn't exactly tear up trees, did he?
Chris Gould
31 Posted 15/04/2017 at 09:59:19
Dick, one other thing that those clubs have had is cash. It's shown season after season that the clubs that spend the most and have the highest wages compete for the top 4. If Koeman is given a similar amount then I have no doubt that he can take us into the top 4.

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.

Eric Myles
32 Posted 15/04/2017 at 10:12:44
Chris (#30), but what those big spending teams also have is a much bigger income than us so they can spend more and still comply with FFP.

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?

Chris Gould
33 Posted 15/04/2017 at 10:28:29
Yes, Eric, that's the point I was making. We do not have the spending power of the clubs above us. We can't offer Champions League to any potential targets, yet many expect us to break into the top 4 next season. Why?

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.

Eric Myles
34 Posted 15/04/2017 at 10:39:49
Yes Chris, realise that, just reinforcing your point with what I think is another important point.

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?

Frank Crewe
35 Posted 15/04/2017 at 10:51:59
First of all, we don't know for sure that we were after him at all. If we were and he didn't sign because Arsenal offered bigger wages then he didn't really want to come here anyway. He just wanted bigger wages and Everton have to consider their wage structure. Unless the player is absolutely fantastic we shouldn't break it.

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.

Brian Williams
36 Posted 15/04/2017 at 11:15:24
Yeh, I agree with Frank, let's not carp on about it for Cod's sake.
Dave Williams
37 Posted 15/04/2017 at 11:19:19
We cannot compete for the top tier players without Champions League football or a bottomless pit of cash.

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.

Dan Egerton
38 Posted 15/04/2017 at 12:16:04
"Which teams will we suddenly outspend? Certainly none of the top 6."

Talk to any RedShite and they'll say, if they're honest ,we have more money to spend.

Dan Egerton
39 Posted 15/04/2017 at 12:46:13
Daily Mail – "Arsenal agree deal for Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer with the Schalke defender set to join the club in July."

Robert Leigh
40 Posted 16/04/2017 at 11:35:53
I'm not fussed about losing out here – I don't think we need a new LB on big wages. As mentioned above, would prefer Ben Chilwell as he will get plenty of minutes next season either in the Cups or Europa and wouldn't be a lot in terms of wages (guessing).

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.

Ian Riley
41 Posted 16/04/2017 at 15:11:47
The London factor more than anything else.
Ian Riley
42 Posted 16/04/2017 at 20:15:11
On a lighter note. Mr Wenger must be staying if players are being brought in.
Colin Glassar
43 Posted 17/04/2017 at 07:36:15
His dad (yes, another dad) says he hasn't signed for anyone yet.
Brian Williams
44 Posted 17/04/2017 at 12:14:36
We have to accept that we're gonna lose out to the likes of Arsenal and at least 5 other teams at times.

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.

Paul Tran
45 Posted 17/04/2017 at 12:25:44
We are currently vulnerable to teams in London and the Champions League gazumping us. That's the reality of where we are right now. We'll need to pay over the odds and/or find the players who buy into the project.

Having money is one thing, getting players here is another. It'll be an interesting summer.

Paul Smith
46 Posted 17/04/2017 at 12:47:44
Different position but hopefully he'll turn out to be as bad as Granit Xhaka. Liability for Arsenal that boy.
Tony Hill
47 Posted 17/04/2017 at 13:01:33
Robert (#40), it will be interesting to see if Koeman wants a new naturally left-footed centre-half. We have two in Funes Mori and Galloway (Foulds would make three).

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?

Robert Leigh
48 Posted 17/04/2017 at 15:34:27
Tony (#47),

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.

Terence Tyler
49 Posted 17/04/2017 at 20:06:50
Looks like we will have lots of money to spend if Rom goes. Echo exclusive saying Everton want £100 mill for Lukaku. Stand by for a new thread.
Paul Lye
50 Posted 17/04/2017 at 20:19:24
I'm guessing the price tag is to put off prospective buyers Terence, I'm not sure many clubs would part with £100m for Rom, but I may be wrong (Pogba – £86m??).
George Stuart
51 Posted 18/04/2017 at 03:26:09
The kid might see two clubs alike in every aspect of the table except the Arsenal defence has shipped three more goals than us (Okay, they have two games on us).

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,

Terence Tyler
52 Posted 19/04/2017 at 16:18:30
City are now reported to of offered him a contract.
Gary Edwards
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.

Derek Knox
54 Posted 20/04/2017 at 08:27:48
If, and it's a big 'if', we do manage to sign him, it would really prove that we are a Club of standing again, as in the past, unless we were competing with the likes of Stoke, Hull, West Bromwich etc. to sign a player we would be in with a shout.

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.

Jim Hardin
55 Posted 20/04/2017 at 15:15:10
Joseph #2,

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?

Dan Egerton
56 Posted 21/04/2017 at 03:27:06
"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."

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.

Dan Egerton
57 Posted 21/04/2017 at 03:28:38
Jim (#55),

Timon Wellenreuther? Timo Horn? Both German goalkeepers.

Joseph Terrence
58 Posted 21/04/2017 at 05:18:05
Jim, Meyer can hold up a ball and dribble well, but he has no end product. Though I wouldn't quite write him off yet as he is still relatively young, I don't believe he would improve this Everton team. Uchida will run for days and is a solid defender. He would certainly be useful as cover for Seamus, but the issue with Uchida is that he can't seem to stay fit anymore.

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.

Jim Hardin
59 Posted 21/04/2017 at 23:16:02
Thank you Joe. I appreciate the feedback and will watch Goretzka more closely.


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.

Matthew Williams
60 Posted 02/05/2017 at 10:31:38
We could sign the finest 11 players on earth and we'd still play boring, slow, soul-destroying footy under Koeman.

Big names won't come to L4 – no Champions League, we don't pay big wages, and we're not in London.

Work with what we have already, make them perform better, add a couple more that already have Premier League experience. We have to be braver away from home too!

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