Rui Patricio and Daniel Podence have already begun the legal proceedings to cancel their employment with the Lisbon club following the astonishing training ground attack in which Sporting players were set upon by supporters.
It looked as though Carvalho, the player most likely to sign for the Blues this summer — Martins has also been linked but appears closer to joining Arsenal based on speculation — was going to remain contracted to Sporting rather than go the route of terminating but that is no longer the case.
If Carvalho is successful, he would be free to negotiate terms with another club and move as a free agent.
Amid allegations that the attack on the players was instigated by club president Bruno de Carvalho, in his letter to Sporting, Patricio cited the club's failure to protect player safety and that he now feared for his life as just cause for him terminating his contract.
A Bola are reporting that all three players will reverse their decision if De Carvalho resigns in the next seven days.
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1 Posted 11/06/2018 at 18:26:54
I know nothing of Martins but I have heard of him (at least).
2 Posted 11/06/2018 at 18:32:27
3 Posted 11/06/2018 at 18:45:50
Caravalho is too slow for me personally. Think we need a bit more urgency.
I don't see us getting Martins... but I'd like to think so.
4 Posted 11/06/2018 at 18:54:35
5 Posted 11/06/2018 at 19:27:00
However, he would be an exciting player to watch. He is lightning. He plays mainly on the right of a front three, so Walcott's position. He can play left but he is one footed. He'd murder Walcott for speed, yes he is that fast. If you watch his YouTube you'll see skills, flicks and tricks aplenty. He's got a long highlight reel.
The reality is most of them come against lesser players, and he does struggle to replicate against the best, consistently. His passing is poor. He's extremely selfish and it seems like he's playing form himself. He'll fly down the right beating players for fun, but not actually go anywhere. Sometimes he looks all flash, no substance. He struggles at times for Portugal. However, he's only young and maybe that consistency will come. Maybe he needs to play at a higher level.
I've seen Lozano far less, but bearing in mind Lozano can play on the left of a front three, I'd take him. Gelson Martins for free would be a steal though.
The reality is though that Arsenal and Liverpool are ahead of us in the queue.
6 Posted 11/06/2018 at 19:43:25
From your description, he sounds very much like that player Middlesborough have – I think his name is Traore; lightening fast but often in danger of running so fast off the pitch he has to pay to get back in.
As far as Cavalho is concerned, if we get him for free, then he will be a bargain. If we have to pay £35M, I think I might want to take another look at Schneiderlin!!
7 Posted 11/06/2018 at 21:03:16
The fact these players have asked for their contracts to be terminated makes me think us and the Arsenal have prompted their agents, with a view to higher wages and a bigger signing-on fee, if they come as free transfers.
8 Posted 11/06/2018 at 21:11:33
9 Posted 11/06/2018 at 21:30:40
He might be quicker over 10 yards but, over 50 yards, I'd definitely have my money on Walcott.
10 Posted 11/06/2018 at 22:12:24
If Steve Ferns can use Family Guy comparisons as you have, I feel I might be able to actually feel like I know what the hell is going on!
Would love to know who Quagmire is? All the love but can't finish?
11 Posted 11/06/2018 at 22:21:04
12 Posted 11/06/2018 at 22:46:55
13 Posted 11/06/2018 at 23:17:03
14 Posted 11/06/2018 at 23:44:35
Spot on mate. I think Martins may have a bit of pace and a few tricks but may struggle in the Premier League.
15 Posted 11/06/2018 at 23:44:59
I would also go for Rui Patricio. If his Wolves deal falls through, I think he'd make a great backup for Pickford, and on a free he'd be an ideal addition. Mature veteran, and I just can't blame him for the howler at Maritimo with what was going on in the club at the time.
But I still wouldn't go for Bas Dost.
16 Posted 12/06/2018 at 00:23:03
Ian, it's Sporting. The team I follow more closely than any other in Portugal, in the league I follow more closely than any outside of England.
With Silva, Carvalho and Gelson Martins – it's just planets aligning for me. If this was PSV, ie Lozano and Brands, you've as much of a clue as me.
17 Posted 12/06/2018 at 01:29:17
The clapping and the whooping about players who would not make a blind bit of difference to us has started early this year.
Carvalho looks like Ya Ya (in his current state) pulling a cannon and would not cope with the pace of the Premier League. As for Martins being able to "pick a pass" – how does anybody know? the fucker plays in blinkers – can't pass/won't pass.
I did laugh at the suggestion that Martins would murder Walcott for speed. Was an official stopwatch used to come to that conclusion?
We need skill, athleticism, aggression and intelligence to take us forward and make us more pleasing to watch, yet here we are getting all Man Utd over a guy who spends his time running down blind alleys and another who spends his time "getting there" about 20 minutes late.
We badly need a quality centre-half. We badly need a left-back. We badly need more skill and guile behind the forwards and we need better forwards than Niasse and the Turkish Andy Johnson.
Brands has already told us we need to shed a few before we can bring better quality in; I sincerely hope he has already noted we are all stocked up with unproductive fast wingers and painfully slow midfield men... We don't need any more!
18 Posted 12/06/2018 at 03:05:02
19 Posted 12/06/2018 at 03:44:36
Mawson I understand... but Mangala??
20 Posted 12/06/2018 at 05:08:40
"Its groundhog day."
In so many ways!
But agree pace is vital it we will continue to pick out a pass sideways.
21 Posted 12/06/2018 at 05:58:45
Mawson has identical attributes although he is not as experienced.
I think the defence is our biggest problem and during my musings about Everton I called to mind the time when Moyes introduced Joleon Lescott who had all of the same attributes as these two, to the team. He played him at left back.
Both Mangala and Mawson can play at left back so its 4 for the price of 2 for me.
If Marco Silva is as good a coach as he is purported to be or hoped for he should be able to sort the midfield out with the players he has available.
That would leave him another striker to find although I have high hopes of Tosun if Lookman and Walcott are played with him.
22 Posted 12/06/2018 at 06:35:10
23 Posted 12/06/2018 at 06:52:39
So, whilst we are in that position, you've only got a couple of decades of mediocre Blues teams to base your outrageous pessimism on!
24 Posted 12/06/2018 at 06:53:37
Can you give us any names of who you would be looking to sign? It's all very well naming the positions we need to fill, anyone who watches us can see them, but a few suggestions would be handy.
25 Posted 12/06/2018 at 07:11:39
Lukaku was a decent goalscorer but was hardly an exciting footballer to watch. If you're getting waves of optimism about the present set up, I'd like to know why?
26 Posted 12/06/2018 at 07:24:17
If they are crap and it is all the same, a few saying "told ya so" on TW is just a mild irritation compared to even a few weeks of optimism. If I became so ground down that I just expected nothing, then I would pack it all in.
So basically, based on nothing really... but hey, what's to lose – apart from my dignity and mental health!
27 Posted 12/06/2018 at 07:29:57
28 Posted 12/06/2018 at 11:21:02
29 Posted 12/06/2018 at 12:23:19
30 Posted 12/06/2018 at 16:36:06
Would Carvalhos actions single him out as a potential troublemaker? Disruptive influence? Or is this just a justified, one-time thing?
31 Posted 12/06/2018 at 17:17:25
I reckon you could copy and paste those comments back a decade or so and be talking about one: Christiano Ronaldo.
I'm not saying this guy is in his league; but Ronaldo was an infuriating player when he first appeared for Man Utd.
32 Posted 12/06/2018 at 18:04:43
"Lukaku was a decent goalscorer but was hardly an exciting footballer to watch."
You telling me you didn't stand up when he got the ball in space running at a defender?
The goal against Chelsea was one of the greatest individual efforts in Everton history. Ask what's left of Cahill whether Rom was an "exciting footballer." Or ask Keane after that F-18 turn last year. Or the whole Bournemouth defense after the give-and-go with Seamus. Or Clichy.
That "decent goalscorer" was the most exciting player we've had since Rooney left.
33 Posted 12/06/2018 at 18:10:40
34 Posted 12/06/2018 at 18:14:33
35 Posted 12/06/2018 at 18:18:40
36 Posted 12/06/2018 at 18:31:26
37 Posted 15/06/2018 at 21:13:19
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