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Mark Frere
1 Posted 08/07/2017 at 16:01:30
An offer of £15 - 20 million, we should accept. Funes Mori isn't a bad player but he's pretty average IMO.
Charlie Lloyd
2 Posted 08/07/2017 at 16:10:55
Mark @ 1

I agree. If the price is right and we have a decent replacement lined up, it would be good business.

Never really settled on him which is strange as, being an almost nailed on starter for Argentina, you'd expect him to be the first defenders name on the teamsheet, but he just hasn't been that solid.

David Gallant
3 Posted 08/07/2017 at 16:17:16
I like Funes Mori but I'm not sure if he's made for the Premier League. I'm not sure if Koeman trusts him either.

Perfect scenario for us could see him going to Inter for around £20m and us hijacking the Van Dijk deal. Left-footed center backs are not exactly dime a dozen but imagine Van Dijk and Keane as our centre-back pairing!!

Make a £60m bid for Van Dijk, and effectively pick him up for £40m if Funes Mori goes. But sadly I don't think we could convince Van Dijk of our ambition. Yet.

Anthony Dwyer
4 Posted 08/07/2017 at 16:24:58
Funes Mori should be kept and played week-in & week-out with Keane.

One full season and he will be valued at £30m+.

Colin Glassar
5 Posted 08/07/2017 at 16:27:11
You are forgetting the Koeman – Van Dijk friendship, David.
Charlie Lloyd
6 Posted 08/07/2017 at 16:33:11
Anthony @ 4

I know you really like Funes Mori. Not for me personally but we are entitled to our opinions.

I'd prefer someone to come in and really challenge Williams & Jagielka to partner Keane.

Not saying it should be Ben Mee from Burnley but I watched enough of him last season to notice he was solid. I never truly thought Funes Mori was solid.

Let's get a decent partner for Keane with a style that complements well.

David Gallant
7 Posted 08/07/2017 at 16:42:22
Even accounting for that 'friendship', Colin – it would still be a massive ask to expect us to sign VVD ahead of other clubs who can offer Champions League, etc.

I'm hopeful, of course – but can't see it to be honest. Then again, stranger things have happened (Rooney) haha.

Paul Holmes
8 Posted 08/07/2017 at 16:46:49
I still think Ashley Williams will be a better partner for young Keane; Jags was too similar to Williams so they both looked slow.

When Williams played for Swansea he kept our £75 million Lukaku quiet every time we played them, so I'm hoping to see the real Ashley Williams this season, especially when Lukaku plays against him for Man Utd.
Drew Shortis
9 Posted 08/07/2017 at 16:56:23
I could see the Van Dijk - Koeman partnership getting back together. Would be an awesome partnership with Keane. I like Mori but, as others have said, I don't think he's 100% suited to the Premier League. I can see him thriving in Italy or Spain though.

That said, I would only sell him if the Van Dijk (or perhaps Koulibaly – another leftie) deal looks incredibly likely, otherwise I would prefer to stick with what we know for now.

Ian Bennett
10 Posted 08/07/2017 at 17:04:59
Another one that needs to go. An absolute liability, if we can find an Italian or Spanish club that will give us £20-30m, shift him on.
Brian Porter
11 Posted 08/07/2017 at 17:05:14
I'm with Anthony (#4). Just because we have a couple of new signings, it doesn't mean we then go ahead with weakening the strength in depth we are now building up.

Some don't like him, but Argentina see him as a future captain and I believe he needs a protracted run in the first team to allow him to build up a good understanding with Keane. All the best defensive partnerships over the years have taken time to grow and develop in understanding each other.

Any player who is a shoe-in for Argentina has to have something to offer Everton. He could grow into a long term member of the new Everton Koeman is building. Or would his detractors prefer that we keep the aging Williams and Jagielka as squad members?

James Stewart
12 Posted 08/07/2017 at 17:06:07
Sell! Put any money towards Van Dijk.

A back 3 of Van Dijk, Williams & Keane is a perfect blend of experience, pace and power.

James Morgan
13 Posted 08/07/2017 at 17:17:45
I don't mind the lad but if we could get £20m and put that towards a £40m centre half from Italy then do it! I say Italy cause of the age old adage that Italy is full of top defenders. Which it is.
Mark Siddons
14 Posted 08/07/2017 at 17:17:54
Two of Keane, Williams and Holgate as centre-backs. Jags and Funes Mori to move on. Kenny at right-back until Seamus returns. Cash in.
Mike Gaynes
15 Posted 08/07/2017 at 17:25:58
I don't support selling Funes Mori unless we have a replacement lined up. With the Europa League and inevitable injuries we need four centre-backs. The fourth could easily have been Holgate, but unless Kenny steps up and proves himself ready, Holgate will be at right-back until Christmas at least.

Still don't think there's any way that Van Dijk is coming here.

Jeff Armstrong
16 Posted 08/07/2017 at 17:35:22
Kenny should be right back with Holgate starting to get bled in at centre-half.

It's obviously his natural position so he needs to start getting game time and experience there instead of having mares at right back which he did once or twice last term; give him bits and pieces in the Europa and league cups.

Not sure about Van Dijk at that price; from what I saw of him last season, he's nowhere near Keane.

Gavin Johnson
17 Posted 08/07/2017 at 17:51:52
Sell Funes Mori and sign Van Dijk.

At the end of last season, I would have said we had no chance of signing Van Dijk. Now...

I think we've shown potential signings that we're a club going places with the players we've signed. We also have a new city stadium in the offing.

We've pushed the boundaries and there's now 7 big clubs vying for Champions League football. If Koeman wants him, Van Dijk will sign for Everton FC.

Tanvir Akram
18 Posted 08/07/2017 at 18:09:31
He is better suited to the Spanish and Italian leagues. We need a fast big defender to play alongside Keane. Van Dijk is everyone's first choice, but it will be difficult to get him.
Liam Reilly
19 Posted 08/07/2017 at 18:40:07
I like Funes Mori, but not sure his game suits the pace of the Premier League. I reckon he'd thrive on the continent though.

Kieran Kinsella
20 Posted 08/07/2017 at 18:46:26
David, Tanvir & Liam

I agree. I've seen him play a lot of Argentina games and he is terrific. But he's not a good fit for the prem. The pace in terms of decision making is tough for him and he's a bit too emotional. Reminds me of Materazzi. So so for Everton but a legend in Italy.

Kieran Kinsella
21 Posted 08/07/2017 at 18:49:52

I don't see Van Dijk as a £60 million addition for us. That's double what we've ever spent on a striker. I am saying he's over-priced but it would seem an odd move for us to smash the record for a centre-back when we are sniffing around for bargains on strikers based on promise or past glories.

Kieran Kinsella
22 Posted 08/07/2017 at 18:50:39
Not saying he's over-priced, I meant.
John Pierce
23 Posted 08/07/2017 at 18:56:16
Never a fan. Rash, often nasty, unnecessarily so and suspect positioning.

His left foot gave the team balance and the main reason he remained in the side in my opinion.

Often tried to win the ball when it's simply couldn't be won. Exposed in a back 4, better in a back 5.

I would as they say 'drive him to Milan myself'.

His sale will at least pave the way for a better replacement. Young and marketable, he should yield a decent fee.

Bigger fish to fry Everton, go get a full-on boss centre-back.

Peter Lee
24 Posted 08/07/2017 at 19:05:02
We need two things at the back, a settled 5 and a left sided centre-back, preferably with pace.

Funes Mori hasn't got the pace, and he has never had the opportunity to play in a settled back five. Forcing Jags to play left while Stones pissed about must have frustrated Funes Mori immensely.

We've put Galloway out on loan so, unless we sign another left-sided centre-back, we'd be daft to let Funes Mori go.

Jason Broome
25 Posted 08/07/2017 at 20:13:08
Koulibaly would cost £50 Million... and he plays down the left. Ahem.
Colin Glassar
26 Posted 08/07/2017 at 20:24:58
I just trust Walsh and Koeman to do their jobs.
Jason Broome
27 Posted 08/07/2017 at 20:43:44
Would have liked us to have gone in for James Rodriguez but he's been offered to Chelsea and Man Utd.

Are there no possible loan-to-buy players out there?

David Currie
28 Posted 08/07/2017 at 22:42:10
I would keep Funes Mori as I think he can get better. I would rather keep him than Williams and Jags. Go for Davinson Sanchez from Ajax.
Mike Gaynes
29 Posted 08/07/2017 at 22:51:31
Sanchez is brilliant but €35M is too much for a young CB.

Palace came in for him at €25 and were slapped back.

Keith Monaghan
30 Posted 08/07/2017 at 23:06:10
Funes Mori should be kept unless we sign someone youngish & clearly better.

Jags & Williams are well aging fast & past their peak – neither now has pace (Williams never did) and are both slow on the turn and liabilities in the air. Williams is leaden-footed and little more than a muscular shirt-tugger -– he was well over-rated when we signed him as a stop-gap replacement for Stones and was frequently badly exposed in the last 10 games of last season.

Funes Mori did well until Roberto started messing him about and is a better prospect for the next 3/4 years – could have leadership potential with the passion he shows.

I'd keep Jags as a squad player and for games against easier opposition.

David Currie
31 Posted 09/07/2017 at 05:03:00
Agree Keith, Williams is total crap and is a liability and not good enough.
Phil Jeffries
32 Posted 09/07/2017 at 05:08:32
McCarthy £25m, Van Dijk £65m, Lukaku £90+m. Whether you like Funes Mori or not, he is owned by a team in the Premier League and is a first 11 starter for one of the best international teams in the world.

I think £30m upwards at least with the market the way it is. Is he worth it? Nope. But he would be brilliant in Spain or Italy.
Laurie Hartley
33 Posted 09/07/2017 at 05:50:00
I would keep Funes Mori – he must have something going for him to be able to keep his place in the Argentinian national team. I also think he will improve.

Interestingly we conceded 20% less goals in Williams first season with us – got to ask the question is this mere coincidence?

Ajay Gopal
34 Posted 09/07/2017 at 07:30:46
It takes about 1-2 seasons for a foreign CB to fully get acclimatised to the Premier League. I believe that Funes Mori, only 26 years old, should be reaching his prime as a centre back.

If given a run of games by Koeman, Keane and Funes Mori could potentially be the core of Everton's defence for the next 5-6 years. Give him 1 more season to establish himself (we always have Williams and Jags and Holgate as back-up), if not sell him next year.

For me, the priority is to find a long term replacement to Baines, who has visibly lost his effectiveness and energy. The modern full-back needs to be powerful, fast and skilful capable of running up and down the flank for 90 minutes – and Baines cannot be that player week-in, week-out anymore.

Sam Hoare
35 Posted 09/07/2017 at 08:00:49
Southampton bought Van Dijk at same time as we bought Funes Mori. And for only a little more money. If only we'd gone the other way!

I quite like Funes Mori and he does score the odd goal but I think there are better out there and i'm not sure as other have said that he is suited to this league. I expect Williams and Keane to start the season for us.

Mark Andersson
36 Posted 09/07/2017 at 08:24:16
Sam, I agree but – if we had bought Van Dijk and not Funes Mori– we would now be selling him to Man Utd...
Jim Potter
37 Posted 09/07/2017 at 08:52:25
Funes Lessi.

Can't time tackles. Can't pass. Players just walk past him (no need to run).

Harsh I know, but pretty true imo.

Sell. Now. Please.

Anthony Flack
38 Posted 09/07/2017 at 10:32:05
My problem is the way he fears receiving the ball, when he has time.

He is better in the tackle and even reasonable with distribution. He certainly has the passion and heart for a scrap.

Difficult one for me, and one I suspect we would end up regretting when he ends up lifting the World Cup with Argentina.

Jon Withey
39 Posted 09/07/2017 at 11:03:07
Would leave us a bit light and I'm not sure we can / should afford Van Dijk.
Gary Leonard
40 Posted 09/07/2017 at 14:09:10
I like Funes Mori, but he makes some awful mistakes.
Ray Jacques
41 Posted 09/07/2017 at 20:01:31
Sakho from the RS?

I think Van Dijk is way too expensive.

Don Alexander
42 Posted 09/07/2017 at 20:30:22
Laurie Hartley (#33), many Ashley Williams detractors on TW seem to overlook that fact, as well as the fact that Swansea's defence drastically deteriorated last season even with the input of the very promising Mawson as Williams's replacement. I don't believe that both facts are coincidence. I believe Williams is a competent and consistent defender.

I hope Funes Mori becomes a more competent and consistent defender with the new signings. It'll help that the ball may just be retained a lot longer in the opposition's half than was ever the case in recent seasons. He has a goal threat too, and that shouldn't be overlooked either. I think Ron probably rates goal-scoring centre-backs!

Laurie Hartley
43 Posted 10/07/2017 at 08:27:12
Don (#43) – I think it would also be fair to say that Williams was the only player in the squad that had the balls to get stuck into our former striker went he went missing in one particular game.

I hope you are right about Funes Mori also – he also seems to have a bit of character.

Barry Sherlock
44 Posted 10/07/2017 at 14:49:35
Funes Mori was apparently nominated for the Ballon d'Or!?!?

He is the future captain of one of the biggest footballing powerhouses of World football I talking about Argentina not Everton!!

He has been prone to mistakes. Koeman definitely lost faith in him. And for that reason I see us cashing in at getting £25 - £30 mil for him. He is very highly rated on the continent. Possibly due to his performances for Argentina?

Van Dijk is still a real possibility. The cash is there and he is exactly what we need to go next to Keane.

It's an exciting time to think about the kind of squad we are putting together. But, I do feel, it will take sometime to gel and get the best out of what we have (or what we're going to sign!).

We are also still missing Coleman & Bolasie. Fans have their own opinions. Mine is; we are better with these two in the squad. Both have pace and both love to get forward and make things happen.

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