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Everton revive interest in Koulibaly

| Thursday, 27 April 2017  51 Comments  [Jump to last]
Undeterred by their apparently failed attempts top land him last summer, reports in Italy claim that Everton have again inquired about the availability of Kalidou Koulibaly.

The Toffees supposedly vied with Chelsea for the big Senegalese defender in the 2016 close close season but Koulibaly ended up staying with Napoli and signed a new contract with the Serie A club last September.

His new terms are said to have included £49m release clause which has been enough to cool the Londoners' interest in him.

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Sam Hoare
1 Posted 27/04/2017 at 06:59:34
Man-mountain who is on his way to becoming one of the best centre backs in the world. Would be a signal of intent but would take up a good chunk of our transfer kitty whilst he may not fancy a move out of the Champions League.
Colin Glassar
2 Posted 27/04/2017 at 07:42:13
Like Sam says, a man mountain. Alongside Tielmans this would create a stir in world football and get everyone talking about us.
Paul Tran
3 Posted 27/04/2017 at 08:23:44
Like Tielemans, this would be a cracking signing. Can we pay them enough to persuade them to join us?
Gareth Clark
4 Posted 27/04/2017 at 10:30:32
I'd prefer Van Dijk, if we are going to make a marquee CB signing.

But don't get me wrong, they are both fantastic & would get people talking.

A couple big signings & Everton will be a very very exciting place for players & it will draw them in!

I think we need 7 or 8 signings to be honest - with a couple outgoings.

GK: Schmeichel / Forster / Heaton

RB: Zabaleta (loan)

2 x CB: Keane / Van Dijk / Koulibaly / Gibson / Maguire / Ake

LB: Chilwell / Bertrand / Shaw

LB: Sessegnon (send back out on loan)

CM: Tielemans

CAM: Sigurdsson / Rooney

ST: Iheanacho / Batshauyi / Perez / Dolberg

If we end with:

Van Dijk

I'd be very happy!

And maybe a couple more, with a few outgoings.

Thomas Surgenor
5 Posted 27/04/2017 at 11:48:44
Admittedly I haven't seen as much of him this season as others on here but is he not a little bit clumsy for the Premier League?
Gavin Johnson
6 Posted 27/04/2017 at 11:51:18
If we sign Koulibaly, Keane or Van Dijk, I'll be very happy. I have a feeling we'll have to settle for the less exciting Harry Maguire though.
Mike Gaynes
7 Posted 27/04/2017 at 11:53:12
Superior to Keane and Maguire IMO. Power and pace.
Jason Broome
8 Posted 27/04/2017 at 12:13:19
Oh let this be true. One of the best defenders in the world. Worth the £49 million and a clear message that Everton are looking to smash the glass ceiling.
Ian Hollingworth
9 Posted 27/04/2017 at 12:18:26
No chance I am afraid, he was Chelski bound last year and that is where he will end up this summer. Champions and Champions League plus more wages will be too much of an attraction for him.
Laurie Hartley
10 Posted 27/04/2017 at 12:32:16
This bloke, a left-footed left winger, a goalkeeper and Aguerro would do me.

Karl Parsons
11 Posted 27/04/2017 at 15:05:56
Wet dream time:

Imagine if we got Koulibaly and Van Dijk???????

It could happen.

Oliver Molloy
12 Posted 27/04/2017 at 15:24:33
It won't happen.
James Stewart
13 Posted 27/04/2017 at 15:36:24
Not for me. He looks decent in a very poor league granted but no way is he a £50m player. A touch of the Boumsong about him... positionally highly suspect at times.
Jay Harris
14 Posted 27/04/2017 at 15:43:51
It will be really difficult to persuade any top player to join a non-Champions League club especially with our recent history.

Our trump card besides money will be the attraction of up and coming youth players and getting players who aren't getting enough game time where they are.

Expect Rooney, Maguire, Joe Hart, Sigurdsson and a right back and if Barkley and Lukaku go a top class midfield player and forward.

James Hughes
15 Posted 27/04/2017 at 16:21:30
Karl, well each to their own, mate.
Mark McParlan
16 Posted 27/04/2017 at 17:23:23
Let's not get worked up over this – signings like this aren't going to happen in our wildest dreams. We don't have the money, players, pulling power, stadium, location, anything.

Harry Maguire would be a realistic CB signing. Perhaps Keane, but only if none of the top 6 go for him. Other reasonable names would be Rooney, Sigurdsson, Chilwell, Joe Hart.

Aidy Dews
17 Posted 27/04/2017 at 17:28:49
Would be awesome if we could get either this fella or Van Dijk! It's no secret that we bid for Koulibaly last summer, along with Chelsea, but Napoli wouldn't sell cos they couldn't get in a replacement.

By all accounts Chelsea have gone cold on him and are perusing other target so depending on who is interested, Champions League clubs etc, we may have a chance of signing him, or Van Dijk for that matter?!

Brian Williams
18 Posted 27/04/2017 at 17:46:47
I know it's been said before but we've got more chance of signing Dick van Dyke than Virgil van Dijk, and he's never worth the £50m being bandied about... Virgil that is, not Dick.
Mike Gaynes
19 Posted 27/04/2017 at 18:30:21
Spot on, Brian.
Colin Glassar
20 Posted 27/04/2017 at 18:46:40
I love all these, "he looks good in a poor league". So wtf did the likes of Ronaldo, Henry, Zola, Arteta, Lukaku, Hazzard etc come from? Mars?

And these, supposedly, shit leagues seem to do better in European cup competitions than so-called English teams do.

Danny Broderick
21 Posted 27/04/2017 at 18:51:45
I can't see it, and to be honest, I thought the reason we got Steve Walsh in was to unearth these gems before they become household names!

Let's face it, most of us could be football managers if we were given a budget that allowed for £50 million to be spent on a centre-half.

I am hoping we will spend maybe £100 million this summer, so I don't want half of it blown on a centre-half!

Andrew Clare
22 Posted 27/04/2017 at 19:12:40
If we are going to challenge, then we need players like Koulibaly. Four or five of the same standard in the summer should be signed.
Mark Morrissey
23 Posted 27/04/2017 at 21:39:52
Going to Chelsea, we need to stop talking up transfers that are simply never going to happen.

Please let's not have a repeat of all of last summers bollox. There is more chance of Michael Jackson playing in defence for us than Koulibaly.

Neil Wood
24 Posted 27/04/2017 at 22:19:21
I tend to agree Mark @ 23. But sometimes surprises do happen and if you strike at the right time.

But realistically we need to be looking at players who aren't getting game time etc but would strengthen us Players like Nolito... Rooney.

Bring these in along with a few hidden gems that hopefully Walsh can conjure up.

In addition, we have 4 games remaining and even if West Brom were to win the game in hand that would still leave us 11 points clear of them. As such we are pretty much nailed on for 7th position.

We should take this opportunity to play the likes of Walsh, Sambou Kenny and Dowell in the remaining competitive games. It's all well and good playing in pre season but it's not a patch on the reality of the premier league. Give them the chance to shine but without the pressure of "must-win" games.

They would all gain experience against the likes of Chelsea, Swansea, Watford and Arsenal and would give Koeman a really good indication of how ready they are.

Sometimes players of this age will surprise you and actually play better than they do in the U23s as the occasion boosts them.

Rob Dolby
25 Posted 27/04/2017 at 23:17:10
Zabaleta is about 2 years out of date, why not go the whole hog and bring Gary Stevens back?

We need players who can change and win games, the rest should come from the U23s. Kenny and Holgate are good enough to stand in for Seamus.

We have to use or buy the hungry up-and-coming players – not journeymen mercenaries.

Gordon Crawford
26 Posted 28/04/2017 at 01:27:36
I wouldn't pay this money or anywhere near it for this guy. Very good player no doubt, but not £60m.
Steve Ferns
27 Posted 28/04/2017 at 03:41:54
We've no chance on this guy, or any of the others you're all dreaming of. Realistic targets are Maguire, Sigurdsson and Bhraimi.

If, as is very likely, Lukaku goes then I hope we'd pick up Dolberg, but he's too hot for us.

If by some stroke of luck we really are in for one of these guys and are prepared to pay over the odds to land them ahead of the big guys, then I'm afraid it'll go down to the last second of the transfer deadline day.

What you guys need to realise is these guys do NOT want to join us. Be real, they will know nothing about us. Even Koeman said how little he knew of our history. Martinez as well. They see us as a small old club. If we're really in for this guy, and we get an offer accepted then he'll get his agent to get Chelsea to match it. And then they'll play chicken with Napoli and it'll be a last minute deal. Exactly like Sissoko did last summer.

This is the reality guys. No early deals will be done for top players. Best we can do is find up and coming players and players like Schneiderlin who are not considered good enough for the very best. And be real, ask yourself, would Schneiderlin get in Chelsea's side, their best XI?

Steve Walsh is in place not to identify the best players, any one can do that. He's in place to identify the next Kante, the next Mahrez, etc. Tielemens and Mbappe are what we need, but we're too late for these guys, their reputation is soaring, above what we can attract. So we need to find players like these but without the soaring reputation. I hope Walsh is up to the task.

Please be patient guys. It's not what we want to hear, but we can't go out and compete with the best, we can't match their wages, prestige, competitions, and like the rest of the north west, its harder to get these guys to look past London.

We've got a cracking youth side and set up. Let's hope we can bring a few more through who explode like Davies did and if not, get Walsh to work his magic. And meantime bring the below world class players in like Brahimi.

Dan Egerton
28 Posted 28/04/2017 at 06:39:19
"But is he not a little bit clumsy for the Premier League?"

He used to be. His current coach is working wonders with him. He's looks sharp now.

Dan Egerton
29 Posted 28/04/2017 at 06:41:56
The clowns at already referring to him as an "Everton Signing". Idiots.

Dan Egerton
30 Posted 28/04/2017 at 06:56:04
My Steve Walsh-Esque pick for centre-back is 21-year-old Rob Holding. Arsenal employee but playing on loan to Middlesborough – one of the reasons they've not been scored against much.
Dan Egerton
31 Posted 28/04/2017 at 06:57:01
He can play across the back, making up for a lack of proper cover at fullback. Maybe another season-long loan with a view to sign for next season.
Jay Woods
32 Posted 28/04/2017 at 07:38:35
Dan, that website is using the word "signing" as a verb, not as a noun, meaning that "If Everton were to sign", not that he is an "Everton signing".
Chris James
33 Posted 28/04/2017 at 07:45:31
I'd file this under 'not a chance, move on'.

The reality is that until we hit the Champions League and/or actually win something we've got very little chance of competing against the teams that are in Champions League for their top tier targets. The only slight chance is if we were to pay massively over the odds but even in the unlikely case we could win a financial pissing contest with Chelsea, Man Utd or Man City, I'd say it would be insane to spend this sort of money on a defender.

Where I think we can zip in is with younger talented players from smaller clubs/leagues that may be want but who aren't the Champions League teams' top targets and/or aren't realistically going to be offered regular first team football immediately. The likes of Tielemens and Keane feel more realistic in this respect.

James Watts
34 Posted 28/04/2017 at 07:56:15
I think this along with the Belgium kid we've been linked with are pipe dreams at the moment.

We can't do what Chelsea and City have done previously in spending that much in fee and wages on a player. Even with Mosh we don't have that kind of money.

I think we will add some quality signings but they will be more unknowns – Walsh-type signings. That's what he was brought in for, after all.

Bob Parrington
35 Posted 28/04/2017 at 08:30:28
Danny (#21) "Let's face it, most of us could be football managers if we were given a budget that allowed for £50 million to be spent on a centre-half".

Not so sure about this, mate! Some maybe??? Many TWers seem to know a lot about football from a player or ex-player perspective but, IMO, management of player egos at Premier League and equivalent levels must take a lot skill, much of which cannot be taught.

Sam Hoare
36 Posted 28/04/2017 at 09:25:01
Dan @30, do you mean Calum Chambers? Holding is still at Arsenal.

My tip for a Walsh-esque centre-bacwould be Kara Mbodji. A big lad at 6ft-4in who has done well at Anderlecht this season especially in the Europa league. He wins a lot of headers as you can imagine and is decent enough on the ball.

He's 27 now so coming into his peak years and is very keen to move clubs. Would probably set us back around £7-10m. Funnily enough, Leicester have been sniffing around him.

Gordon Crawford
37 Posted 28/04/2017 at 10:11:02
I agree Steve Ferns, I have said the same. These players are all pipe dreams. Though it's good to dream. :)
Brian Furey
38 Posted 28/04/2017 at 12:43:20
I too agree with Steve @ 27 as it sums up my thoughts very well.

We hopefully will get to a point where we can sign these big name players but it will take time and a lot of paying over the odds like Man City had to do to become a big club.

Whilst it will be sad to see Lukaku leave us, I think his progression will also help us to get young players like him. A lot of the huge clubs tend to sign these young prospects at 18 and 19 but they then don't trust them to play first team football.

Players like Iheanacho, Batshuayi and many others may want to play for the biggest clubs in champion league but they don't want to be on the bench and so they probably look at what Lukaku did and think, "Wow, I can do the same. Go to a club not in the top 4 and get regularly games, boost my confidence and improve my game for a few years and then be ready for the Champions League."

John Stones probably knew when he signed from Barnsley that he would be moving on to a regular Champions League. club within a few years.

Some fans who think with their passionate heart might say "Fuck them, they gotta love our club and want to play for us or they're not welcome."

We gotta play the market to our advantage and with us getting into Europe (most likely) and with the World Cup next year, I think there could be a good few players who would be happy to sign for a club like us where they know they will get regular football.

Other older players could look at Schneiderlin and think they don't want to be in their mid- to late-20s and be on the bench. They want to be one of the first names on the team sheet and that's why I think players like Keane will chose a club outside the top 4.

Gordon Crawford
39 Posted 28/04/2017 at 12:51:36
Keane will go to Old Trafford – and not the cricket ground. That's my opinion anyway.
Frank Bortoli
40 Posted 28/04/2017 at 13:00:43
I have to totally agree with Steve (#27) – we don't have the pull to lure the really big names in at the moment. Many players from abroad wont be aware of our history or what the club means to many that have played for us.

We are also competing against the lure factor of London until such time as we can command some real kudos. Finishing 7th this season ain't gonna cut the mustard. Fortunately we might land the odd gem of a player if the circumstances are right but I think for now we have to rely on Steve Walsh to do his magic and find some of his gems like Gaye.

If we can start next season snapping at the feet of the top four on a regular basis, that is when we start to get some kudos and make our presence known.

Kieran Kinsella
41 Posted 28/04/2017 at 13:39:47
I'd be surprised to see us spend £50 million on a centre-back when we've yet to spend more than £30 million on an attacker.
Kieran Kinsella
42 Posted 28/04/2017 at 13:44:41
Daily Mirror apparently mooting a swap deal involving Tom Davies, Harry Charsley and Dick Brody/Brady...

Brian Williams
43 Posted 28/04/2017 at 14:12:17
Boom, boom, tshhhhhh!
Ray Robinson
44 Posted 28/04/2017 at 15:12:18
I've always been impressed by Bournemouth's forward, Callum Wilson. Anyone else think he'd be worth a punt?
Jim Hardin
45 Posted 28/04/2017 at 16:21:16

Not sure that Keane (a Shawcross-type player who is excellent on set-pieces at either end but lacks agility and pace in the field) will go to Old Trafford. He didn't do so well there last time around as a young player, and, in fact, failed to impress. He was loaned out and the club sold him to Burnley after a loan spell as he did not fit the bill. Honestly, I am not convinced he is good enough for a top four side,

The rumour was that Jose was targeting Victor Lindelof at Benfica in December and January and it looks like that interest is still there. If Lindelof cannot be acquired then maybe Man Utd. goes after Keane. However, there would be no guarantee for him, if he returned, to play regularly for Jose, who has yet to settle on a center pairing even now.

Bill Gienapp
46 Posted 28/04/2017 at 17:18:17
I'd love to be proven wrong, but, as Steve (27) so adeptly pointed out, chasing big-name stars at this stage feels fruitless.

The more realistic approach is to continue building around proven Premier League talent (i.e. Keane, Sigurdsson), with Walsh hopefully burnishing the squad with a few overlooked gems. Which will hopefully elevate us into the top six, if not the top four, which would THEN put us in a position to go out and sign players like Koulibaly.

Mike Gaynes
47 Posted 29/04/2017 at 00:17:30
Ray (#44), I would pass on Wilson... because he can't pass. Great pace, decent finisher but awful on the ball, creates absolutely nothing for other players. Zero career assists. Also has trouble staying healthy.

Pursuant to this thread, which is about centre-backs, the Bournemouth player I'd like to see us pursue is Steve Cook. Best defender in Europe in the air.

Denis Richardson
48 Posted 29/04/2017 at 14:27:31
Can't see this having a hope in hell's chance of being true. Even IF we were willing to spend £40m+ on a defender (when attack is more of a problem), I can't see the club being able to offer a player £150k+ a week wages. Which is what this guy and his agent will be after.

We may have more money but we're nowhere near the likes of Chelsea, Man City, Man Utd etc with respect to wages.

Also, personally I'd like to see the new money we have go into something more longer lasting – like a new stadium or 3-4 top class youngsters.

Highly doubtful this guy would come to us anyway as a number of Champions League clubs will be in the running.

Phil Jeffries
49 Posted 29/04/2017 at 15:50:51
Haven't seen 1 minute of this guy but after watching 45 minutes of Southampton vs Hull, I like what I see of Maguire.

I look at him on Match of the Day and I'm not sold. But from what I've seen here, he has been MotM so far: good on the ball, brought it out from the back, excellent in the air, a verbal presence and a real Captain.

I know it's only 45 mins, but I can now understand why Koeman is at least looking at him.

Anthony Dwyer
50 Posted 29/04/2017 at 00:05:08
Never ever ever ever ever going to happen !

McGuire looking the part at Hull, looks the real deal although I wasn't entirely sure until late as he looked too big, but on closer inspection he looks a really good solid defender.

Keane is an obvious one also, really looks like a top prospect.

Another name id happily throw out there which may cause a bit of a stir is Sakho. He's massively improved Palace, he's a French international and has pace power and heading ability.

Callum Chambers looks decent too, and if look closely at Utd and see what's happening with Smalling.

Plenty of players out there who could make the grade, all a lot cheaper than Koulibaly and all with Premier League experience.

Mike Berry
51 Posted 01/05/2017 at 16:36:04
Keane and Maguire for the same price as this fellow, and they have Premier League experience; I know how I would spend my money.

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