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Costa rejected huge €75m Everton bid

| Sunday, 24 September 2017  50 Comments  [Jump to last]

Everton supposedly offered a massive €75m for Diego Costa, but were snubbed by the striker in favour of Atletico Madrid.

According to Marca, the Toffees had prepared the massive bid for the Chelsea forward but he had his heart set on returning to his former club.

Costa is also believed to have turned down the chance of joining Everton on loan even though he will have to wait until January to play for Atletico because of their transfer ban.

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Michael Kenrick
1 Posted 24/09/2017 at 17:43:31
Another Steve Walsh 'discovery'!

Suggests the Club were indeed trying everything to get in a striker for Honest Ron, tho...

Chris Williams
2 Posted 24/09/2017 at 17:48:41
And if true, prepared to splash the cash.
Brent Stephens
3 Posted 24/09/2017 at 17:53:40
If true, shows that throwing the cash around doesn't necessarily get people on your wish list. We can tell them to sign this or that guy but at the moment we're not that attractive to the better players.
Peter Larkin
4 Posted 24/09/2017 at 17:56:45
Haaaaaaa bollox... Do they really think we will fall for that AGAIN! everyone and their dog knew the Costa situation so why wait until the last minute? As well as that, everyone knew he would only play for Atletico Madrid again – he said so himself. More smoke and mirrors.
David Barks
5 Posted 24/09/2017 at 18:16:06
Not buying this as an "authentic" attempt to buy the player at all. As mentioned, it was very well known he was only going to Atletico.
James Stewart
6 Posted 24/09/2017 at 18:22:16
The phantom bid – written and directed by Billy bullshit. The long awaited sequel to the bids for Alan Smith and Michael Owen after they had already agreed moves elsewhere.
Andrew Laird
7 Posted 24/09/2017 at 18:45:26
But we only had €4 million to loan Raul Jimenez when we knew we had no other options? Absolute nonsense.
Steve Ferns
8 Posted 24/09/2017 at 19:01:25
Come on guys, be cynical by all means, but this isn't some old tosh from the Echo, this is from Marca, a sports paper serving Madrid. So, this looks a genuine bid on our part. But clearly he was never going to come here. If we were doing a Shearer style bid, just to appease fans, then why is it not the Echo leaking it?
Martin Mason
9 Posted 24/09/2017 at 19:16:09
Definitely a nail in the coffin of the concept that we didn't try to buy or were reluctant to spend big.
Brian Hennessy
10 Posted 24/09/2017 at 19:16:21
Tomorrow morning's story will be that we offered £200 million for Neymar but he was put off by the Merseyside weather.
Lenny Kingman
11 Posted 24/09/2017 at 21:09:47

There's a certain amount of truth in what you say. I would go further and say that plenty of potential big signings have been put off by locating to Merseyside, full stop.

George Cumiskey
12 Posted 24/09/2017 at 21:28:15
Surely anyone of sound mind will give this bullshit statement the contempt it thoroughly deserves.
Steve Ferns
13 Posted 24/09/2017 at 21:29:43
They all live in Cheshire though, all the big names from the northwest all live within a few miles of each other, so Everton, Liverpool, Man Utd or Man City, the location doesn't matter. We just lose the pull of London.
Colin Glassar
14 Posted 24/09/2017 at 21:44:38
If you believe this you then you probably still believe in Father Christmas and Old Nick.
Chris Williams
15 Posted 24/09/2017 at 21:48:59
The original story came from a decent source, a couple of days ago, which is a bit less unreliable than many. Not saying a lot I guess, but It could have an element of truth. Costa at some stage was rumoured to be off to China, so it wasn't done and dusted he was off to Madrid.

But I suspect not some sort of Kenwright plot to blow smoke up our collective holes. The same source is currently saying we are entering talks for Cavani.

Let life unfold...

James Marshall
16 Posted 24/09/2017 at 21:53:07
Why do we assume this is bollocks? Given that it's from a Spanish news outlet, not a British one.
Jay Woods
17 Posted 24/09/2017 at 21:53:40
I believe in Old Nick but not Santa Claus. And I believe this story is grounded somewhat in reality, if perhaps embellished by Marca.
Bob Parrington
18 Posted 24/09/2017 at 21:56:39
Costa would never have fit in at Goodison! Glad he rejected if story is true but doubt its foundations.
Tony Hill
19 Posted 24/09/2017 at 22:00:03
We had a similar story last year about a £60m bid for Koulibaly. We did make a bid but knew, or should have done, that it was hopeless.
Kunal Desai
20 Posted 24/09/2017 at 22:02:03
Blue Bill trying to make a move from theatre to comedy – he should know by now that his attempt at comedy has been an epic failure over the years.
Si Cooper
21 Posted 24/09/2017 at 23:50:07
Why are some people so persistent in wanting to give the top men at EFC an easy ride?

IMO it doesn't matter if we did make the bid because it was bound to fail. If it was just about money he would be off to China and he wasn't going to risk injury by giving his all for us for a few months.

If people at the club genuinely thought differently then they are in cloud-cuckoo land, and if they knew it was futile then this is just more smoke and mirrors to hide their inability to identify and persuade the currently Tier B forwards who just may blossom in the Premier League.

Alan J Thompson
22 Posted 25/09/2017 at 06:25:37
It would appear that not only splashing the cash but having a famous name manager doesn't seem an advantage either.

Isn't the truth that he is set on Madrid.

Liam Reilly
23 Posted 25/09/2017 at 07:00:42
Didn't Moshiri say to Jim White that something big was going to play out at Everton just after 8 on TDD?

It's possible this was the fuel for that.

Colin Glassar
24 Posted 25/09/2017 at 07:28:24
"Watch this space", "8pm TDD earth shattering announcement", "Riquelme set to sign" etc Surely we are immune to this BS by now?
James McPherson
25 Posted 25/09/2017 at 07:59:15
Fake news. No small coincidence that this story surfaces as the heat intensifies around our patchy start.

Many believe that to be solely Koeman's fault. However, many others have expressed the board's incompetence at not securing a forward as a significant contributory factor too.

No surprise that we now have this story emerging. The club has serial form in this regard. Let's not even go there with regard to Kenwright and truth.

Simon Jones
26 Posted 25/09/2017 at 10:28:14
Instead of all the cynicism, why not take the story at face value? Let's suppose that Costa wouldn't come on loan in the Premier League as he didn't want to get injured and scupper a big money move to the club he wants to play for and wouldn't want to play against Chelsea either.
Simon Jones
27 Posted 25/09/2017 at 10:31:15
Just because a player definitely won't sign for us, doesn't mean the club shouldn't make an offer. You never know what might happen down the road and there may well be tactical reasons for making these bids. Transfers seem to be a murky world these days.
Chris Williams
28 Posted 25/09/2017 at 11:59:57
Guillem Balague on Sky has just said that this story originated with Costa's entourage, so likely true. He also added that Costa only had eyes for Atletico in any case.

But that doesn't mean it didn't happen.

Paul A Smith
29 Posted 25/09/2017 at 12:50:20
Comical this. All those Santa Claus fans are going to spout this nonsense at work or in the pub... hope your blitzed when you do.

We bid £75 million for a player who was available all summer but somehow ended up with nothing. 😂

This story should be in a joke book.

Bob Parrington
30 Posted 25/09/2017 at 14:01:54
Just like Bill, trying to work with "has beens"!? :)
David Foster
31 Posted 25/09/2017 at 17:21:09
Simon Jones – unfortunately this is Everton Football Club, and we've heard these kind of bullshit stories for the last 15 years, so it kind of goes with the territory of supporting Bill Kenwright's Everton.
Andrew Laird
32 Posted 25/09/2017 at 19:14:08
When will Goodison Park fail it's safety certificate? It must be soon because old Billy Boy went on TV and stated it when Moyes was in charge.
Martin Mason
33 Posted 25/09/2017 at 19:17:31
The crime wasn't that they didn't source a striker of the required quality. That they tried very hard is beyond doubt.

That we tried to buy this ape man shows the depths we were prepared to go to.

Dermot Byrne
34 Posted 25/09/2017 at 19:33:47
Martin... love that phrase "they didn't source a striker". I have a slight obsession with language as it changes. Interviewed for a new young member of staff today. Great young candidates but the common thing was every answer began, "So..."

Listen to media interviews. Happens all the time now and drives me insane.

Off on complete tangent I know and suspect it maybe the first month of senility. (Sorry, dementia)!

Martin Mason
35 Posted 25/09/2017 at 19:43:24
Join the club, Dermot.
Rob Halligan
36 Posted 26/09/2017 at 09:03:34
So if everyone thinks trying to sign Costa was a pie-in-the-sky deal, what about the rumours of signing Edinson Cavani from PSG?

This is according to the BBC rumours page anyway:

Everton will hold a meeting to discuss signing Paris St-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, 30. (TuttoMercatoWeb - in Italian)

Colin Glassar
37 Posted 26/09/2017 at 09:19:29
Rob, who are we going to hold a meeting with exactly? With PSG? With the player's agent? With the player himself?

The article isn't very clear so I can only guess that Moshiri, Boys Pen Bill, Woods, Elstone, Walsh and Koeman will sit down and agree to have another meeting.

Rob Halligan
38 Posted 26/09/2017 at 09:23:21
I think between themselves, Colin. Tea, coffee and custard creams included.
James McPherson
39 Posted 26/09/2017 at 09:23:37
Rob, as the lens zooms in on the board's incompetency to sign a forward, I would expect more spin to emerge. Remember, we have a chairman whose modus operandi has always focused on the saying and not the doing.

Ask yourself, given the line of sight we had around needing a replacement for Lukaku, why are we still talking about rumours?

James Marshall
40 Posted 26/09/2017 at 09:27:50
Why are we all still talking about rumours? Because the world has gone information mad, and everyone demands to know everything about everything, yesterday!

How dare the club not tell us every minute detail of their business and football dealings!!

James McPherson
41 Posted 26/09/2017 at 09:28:22
Colin (#37) – the rumour is always nicely opaque. Detail equates to subsequent accountability over the lack of any positive outcome. Last thing our chairman and CEO wants is a forensic assessment of their capability.
Colin Glassar
42 Posted 26/09/2017 at 09:32:09
Agreed James Marshall, this is one of the poorest rumours engineered by Kenwright and Co. in a long time. Who next, Ronaldo or Bale?
James McPherson
43 Posted 26/09/2017 at 09:34:57
James 40 – what we the fans wanted is the club, in the significant time it had, to have bought a recognised capable centre-forward. The fact that they did not, and more, have deflected any responsibility for this incompetence is a further example of why change is required from the top down.

With Kenwright and Elstone around, this club will be forever mired in mediocrity. Cheaper that way.

James Marshall
44 Posted 26/09/2017 at 09:52:26
James @43

I know mate, I just think we spend far too long going over and over the same things on here these days. Not just you (or me), but all of us squabbling and speculating round & round in circles. None of us really know the truth about any of this stuff and never will.

It's just a perception we all have, nothing more.

George Cumiskey
45 Posted 26/09/2017 at 12:56:33
Colin @37 They are having a meeting because they know Cavani wants to join us. They just can't decide whether we need him.
Phil Bellis
46 Posted 26/09/2017 at 13:29:53
So, Dermot; basically, going forward, the issue is literally...
Tony J Williams
47 Posted 26/09/2017 at 13:34:51
Bullshit, pure and unadulterated bullshit.

It's amazing that these offers always come out after the window has closed, why not come out at the very time of the offer?

If it was offered days before the end of transfer day, announce it. Everton FC have confirmed that a bid has been made for Diego Costa, the amount is undisclosed but they hope to get their man etc etc?

instead of the, "Oh fuck me! we tried lads but, you know, shit happens" ad infinitum shite we always get.

Where's the Arteta money, Bill? :-)

Colin Glassar
48 Posted 26/09/2017 at 19:06:23
George, I think the meeting is to decide whether to have a future meeting about this meeting.

Absolutely spot on, Tony. Surely no one believes the codswallop that comes out of the club after every transfer window?

Martin Mason
49 Posted 26/09/2017 at 19:12:11
Colin, it could also be that what is stated after the window closes is the truth and information that could not be stated during the window because of business confidentiality? I have a feeling that this could be the most likely reality.

I tend to believe it because it's normally backed up by other sources as this story is.

George Cumiskey
50 Posted 26/09/2017 at 19:31:02
Martin, what other sources have backed this story up?

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