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Everton eye Klaassen and Romagnoli

| Monday, 08 May 2017  48 Comments  [Jump to last]
The Blues management and recruitment team of Ronald Koeman and Steve Walsh have apparently identified Davy Klaassen of Ajax and Alessio Romagnoli of AC Milan as top targets for the summer.

That's the contention of The Mirror who claim that Koeman made a "secret" scouting trip to watch Klaassen in Ajax's impressive Europa League first-leg win over Lyon and wants to install the 24-year-old in a No.10 role at Goodison Park.

The report suggests that in addition to a £10m swoop for Klaassen, Everton are also weighing up a £25m bid for central defender Romagnoli who is still only 22 but has now been capped five times by Italy.

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Sam Hoare
1 Posted 08/05/2017 at 07:24:25
Klassen looks like he brings goals from midfield, something we could well use. From what I've seen of Romagnoli (which is not much) he looks like the next in a long line of classy Italian defenders. Though interesting that not many have prospered in the Premier League...

Imagine we will be linked with over 100 players this summer and end up bringing in 4-7? More perhaps if Barkley and/or Lukaku leave.

Pictures of Koeman at Malaga vs Celta last night with suggestions he was watching Malaga striker Sandro who's bagged a few goals this season and has a cheapish release clause.

Andrew Ellams
2 Posted 08/05/2017 at 08:32:59
Different media source, different top targets. What happened to Keane and Sigurdsson?
Martin Reppion
3 Posted 08/05/2017 at 09:04:34
Is it just me getting frustrated with all the speculation? Every day is like being shown the menus from Marco Pierre White and Michel Roux when we all suspect we'll be eating at Nandos.

It's good to have a wish list and I hope the board can prove me wrong. But I fear that a lot of the speculation is created by players' agents to let the big spenders know that their man is looking around.

Being old-fashioned, I'd like to get back to the old days when your club announced a press conference and there was the new signing. Sometimes a big name you'd get excited about, other times Jim Pearson. Either way, it was less frustrating than the 24/7 rumour mill.

Mike Allen
4 Posted 08/05/2017 at 09:08:26
After all the hype, nothing suggests to me that we can expect that exciting times are ahead. What's been addressed from the Martinez days?

Players in... okay, but the same errors: 'keepers and centre-backs can't deal with crosses; full-backs can't prevent crosses; midfield can't see a pass or make a telling pass; sideways, triangular, backwards lazy passing; strikers always on their heels not alive to situations, don't attack the ball when crosses come in.

Watching the highlights of the games last night of the so-called top teams it's all the same.

Martin Nicholls
5 Posted 08/05/2017 at 09:39:02
Not even sure it's a different media source, Andrew!
Eivind Nyhus
6 Posted 08/05/2017 at 10:09:02
Yes please, I like the looks of both these guys.
Clive Rogers
7 Posted 08/05/2017 at 10:30:22
Andrew, I would think those two are still on radar, but they may not sign or go elsewhere, so other options are needed. Plan B.
Gavin Johnson
8 Posted 08/05/2017 at 11:52:06
I like the look of the Italian centre-back but why would Milan sell him when they've just had a big takeover? They paid €25M for the lad and he's rated very highly.
James Morgan
9 Posted 08/05/2017 at 12:22:48
Not seen anything of these so I'll have to trust Ron and Steve.

I see they've both been spotted watching Sandro of Malaga and chatting with his agent. A nice potential early deal, very unlike Everton!

Scott Hall
10 Posted 08/05/2017 at 12:36:40
It's in The Mirror so... basically it's made-up bollocks to fill space.

If it's not in The Times, The Guardian, or The Telegraph then don't give it the time of day gents. The red tops literally just make it up.

Brian Furey
11 Posted 08/05/2017 at 13:01:30
Romagnoli looks top notch and it sounds like Chelsea tried hard to get him last summer but had no joy. I wonder would including Deulofeu in the deal have any leverage?

I would imagine the young lad himself would prefer to stay in Italy and fight for his international place there. Though it looks like Milan won't be in Europe next season as they lost again at home to Roma 1-4 and are 6 points behind Atlanta with 3 games left.

I think we as fans need to realise that we will have to expect to pay huge fees for any decent players we bring in and not be having the attitude "Oh he was not worth that much". At least we're in Europe (or so far the qualifiers) which will be one attractive thing for potential signings.

Andrew Ellams
12 Posted 08/05/2017 at 14:16:40
Clive, I get the idea of Plan B but they can't all be Koeman's top target.
Clive Rogers
13 Posted 08/05/2017 at 14:23:42
Andrew, I think the two Premier League players are still the top targets.

Actually, the way Williams has played this season, we need two centre-backs and, if Barkley goes, probably two attacking midfielders also. I would like to see all four of those with us.

Andrew Ellams
14 Posted 08/05/2017 at 15:12:46
Clive, we need a whole back 4. not necessarily as a complete starting line-up but definitely to include some backup too.

I'd like to see Keane and Gibson come into the centre but only because I think we'll get out-muscled on Koulibaly and Van Dijk.

Jay Harris
15 Posted 08/05/2017 at 15:20:35
I think the only one you can put some money at at this stage is Sandro as pictures have emerged with Koeman talking to his agent and Koeman and Walsh watching him play.
Dave Abrahams
16 Posted 08/05/2017 at 15:27:28
James (#9) – what position is Sandro?
Jim Harrison
17 Posted 08/05/2017 at 15:37:47
Sandro looks very good. The Echo has his best bits for Malaga this season. Scored 14 goals, beats players for fun, looks to have a bit of bulk about him too.
Andrew Ellams
18 Posted 08/05/2017 at 15:42:04
Dave, he's a striker. Only 21 I believe with bags of potential.
James Morgan
19 Posted 08/05/2017 at 15:42:06
Striker, Dave.
Phil Malone Jnr
20 Posted 08/05/2017 at 15:57:12
Didn't Chelsea get a $50m bid turned down for Romagnoli last summer??

Either that lad has had one of the worst seasons of his young career or this is a load of tosh.

Erik Dols
21 Posted 08/05/2017 at 15:57:35
I've seen plenty of Davy Klaassen. When he first arose at Ajax, he was compared to a young Dennis Bergkamp, which is laughable as they are incomparable in style. Klaassen is an attacking midfielder, but not the creative type, more a box to box midfielder in the Wijnaldum-mould. He scores for fun in the Dutch competition, but anyone playing in his position would, Ajax play a game where the central midfielder always gets loads of chances. He's also the penalty kick taker for them. So do not stare blind to his details.

Having said that, he would be a decent addition and fits the type of game Koeman likes to play. He is very professional, no Andy Alehouse or Royston Rumhole here. He is captain of Ajax who do not really need the money, I can't imagine he will go for only £10m, £25m at least I reckon.

David Milner
22 Posted 08/05/2017 at 16:34:34
Dave@16, Jim @17, Andrew @18 & James @ 19.

Living here in Spain, I see a lot of Sandro on the tele and have seen him live at Granada last month.

Sandro is a product of the famed Barcelona 'La Masia' academy & having been a squad member decided not to renew his contract and go to Malaga on a free.

He accepted that when Barcelona signed Luis Suarez, to play alongside Neymar and Messi he was unlikely to get much game time.

He scored 2 cracking goals for Malaga at Granada to give them the win. He is good with both feet, can play on each wing, as a lone striker or as a Number 10.

Well worth a punt at only €6 million buy out clause.

Sam Hoare
23 Posted 08/05/2017 at 17:03:55
Just to complicate things I believe that Sandro's agent also represent Romagnoli. So who knows which client they were talking about?

Probably Sandro given they were at a Malaga match who would be a very Walsh-esque signing at a paltry €6m. (I figure transfer prices have almost doubled in the last 2-3 years for Premier League clubs so €6m is like the old €3m!)

Soren Moyer
24 Posted 08/05/2017 at 17:38:47
Not signing Sandro would be a sin!!
Denis Richardson
25 Posted 08/05/2017 at 18:42:29
'He is good with both feet, can play on each wing, as a lone striker or as a number 10.'...Erm think he'll fit right in then!

Buy out clause of only €6m?? We paid almost triple that for Niasse ffs!! If that's true, we should be getting this lad signed up regardless of what happens to Lukaku or Barkley.

David Israel
26 Posted 09/05/2017 at 00:36:15
'He is good with both feet, can play on each wing, as a lone striker or as a number 10.' Looks like we've finally landed Roy of the Rovers, then!

I've seen him on tv a couple of times and I was impressed on both occasions. If the fee is that low, we should go for him. If he happens not to fit in, we can always loan him out to Hull, or even Preston.

Steve Bingham
27 Posted 09/05/2017 at 02:54:06
I'm relieved that we have managed to earmark a suitable replacement for Kone then!
James Watts
28 Posted 09/05/2017 at 05:03:35
We are more likely to get a glass of Davey ale and a tin of ravioli. Bill telling Ron on transfer deadline day "Sorry, lads, misheard but got both for a fiver *thumbs up*."
David Ellis
29 Posted 09/05/2017 at 05:11:54
Denis (#25) – just because Sandro has a buy-out clause at €6m doesn't mean we'll get him for that price. If others are interested, the price will be higher as it will be a competitive bidding situation.
Terence Tyler
30 Posted 09/05/2017 at 07:57:08
According to the Independent, Tottenham are now in for Sandro Ramirez.
Terry Underwood
31 Posted 09/05/2017 at 08:36:53
Fuck me, is there anybody Everton aren't eying? Seriously, I've heard ducks fart before!
Sam Hoare
32 Posted 09/05/2017 at 08:56:49
David @29 – are you sure about that? Thought that the buy-out clause meant that the owning club were obligated to accept bids at that offer irrespective of other bids.
Terence Tyler
33 Posted 09/05/2017 at 09:12:46
Buy out fee will not change. It will become a bidding war on the player's salary and signing-on fee.
Colin Glassar
34 Posted 09/05/2017 at 11:04:49
Part of the media game, Terence: name a random player then link him straightaway to about five clubs. Sooner or later they will get one right.

A very telling comment from Matt Law (Sunday Supplement), "I haven't been told this by any club officials but I have a feeling." So, in other words, he's guessing!!

Alan McGuffog
35 Posted 09/05/2017 at 12:00:40
Dean Windass still available?
Gordon Crawford
36 Posted 09/05/2017 at 12:19:32
I heard the RedShite are after Van Dijk and Keane as their centre pairing and Pickford as their backup. We will be fortunate to get anyone we wanted.
Kristian Boyce
37 Posted 09/05/2017 at 12:34:46
I just saw a picture of Sandro, that kid must of had a tough paper round. He looks more like he's 41 than 21.
Dan Egerton
38 Posted 09/05/2017 at 12:47:46
Williams isn't as bad as people say. We've improved several spots since he signed, shipped less goals, even with Funes Mori out and Jagielka invariably out or out of form, Williams has had to play alongside youngsters with no history of playing alongside each other and while that was happening, we were on an unbeaten run.

He's done well considering how hard that is at this level. I'm a fan of effectiveness not prettiness; I don't care how it looks.

Dan Egerton
39 Posted 09/05/2017 at 12:48:33
Re: Keane, Koeman is after two CBs. Or he is after just one and is keeping Keane's price down. Makes sense.
Tom Bowers
40 Posted 09/05/2017 at 13:03:49
Sometimes where there is smoke there is fire, so let's hope if this is a fire they are worthwhile acquisitions.

Let's face it though, most clubs with some money to spend will be linked to anyone and everyone over the next few months and a lot of it will just be media guessing.

Gary Edwards
41 Posted 10/05/2017 at 17:04:43
Good on you, Alan McGuff, good to see a bit of humour on this thread (and in your case, other threads too), it will be sorely needed during the next 4 months.

It would be interesting to see if a totally fabricated, transfer related 'story' raised on TW makes it to the mainstream media, that could be fun – a progression of the Riquelme story.

Gareth Clark
42 Posted 11/05/2017 at 20:36:10
Sign up Klassens & while we are at Ajax, get Dolberg.

Just saw the cheeky chip shot finish in the Europa League semi-final. Absolute fantastic finish. Get him in!

Gareth Clark
43 Posted 11/05/2017 at 21:54:52
While on the subject of Ajax...

Get Davison Sanchez... Absolute beast of a CB! I'd take so many players from that team!

Colin Glassar
44 Posted 11/05/2017 at 21:57:59
Very impressed with Klaassen and co tonight.
Alasdair Mackay
45 Posted 12/05/2017 at 10:41:52
I agree with Gareth Clark (#42) about Sanchez. Klassen looked amazing, too.

Not convinced about Dolberg's work-rate, though.

Denver Daniels
46 Posted 12/05/2017 at 23:16:13
I'd rather have Ziyech than Klaasen. Also Bas Dost from Sporting Lisbon as a Rom replacement or backup.

And how about Ianis Hagi as a "development project". If he turns out half as good as his old man then he'll be something special. Currently at Fiorentina and only 18, so a work in progress.

Colin Glassar
47 Posted 12/05/2017 at 23:20:44
We could buy half the Ajax team if we sell Rom.
Alan McGuffog
48 Posted 15/05/2017 at 17:26:50
Gary, thank you for your kind comments. I have survived watching Everton since 1961 by trying not to take things too seriously. Not always easy Inter in 1963, Old Trafford 1971, Clive twatting Thomas in 1977 the list goes on.

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