Lozano was heavily linked with a move to Goodison Park before the World Cup last year but he ended up staying with PSV Endhoven.
A year older and with another season's experience under his belt in the Eredivisie, the Mexican star is likely to be the subject of plenty more speculation this summer, with Everton an obvious link due to Brands's prior role as sporting director at PSV.
Neres's name, meanwhile, has cropped up in connection with the Toffees as he is talked up in terms of a move from Ajax.
Reports have linked him with a switch to France or Spain but he is said to prefer the Premier League. Brands has denied having made any contact with either Lozano or the Brazilian wide man.
"That always happens during this period," the Dutchman said of the speculation. "Then I read Neres, then I read Lozano, you name it. But we have no contact with these players.
“The fact that you can spend money means that you have to be much more careful.”
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1 Posted 08/05/2019 at 06:26:27
But others will still debate any player linked with us... dismiss Brands and say its just a ploy to get the player for tge right price etc...
Meanwhile the reds are getting all tge plaudits and can do no wrong... depressing...
2 Posted 08/05/2019 at 08:50:37
3 Posted 08/05/2019 at 09:14:14
I think we are all well aware of the large scale reduction of personnel on the books is the first issue to be addressed. If we can keep the two players that we had on loan, Zouma, and possibly Gomes, and keep Gana (doubt he will stay) a striker and maybe a couple more is all we can hope for.
I feel a bit for Marco Silva in some respects that he has inherited a bloated squad, with some on ridiculous contracts (length of time and wages) so his hands have been tied with respect to any potential signings he would like.
I know it's water under the bridge now, but Silva did not exactly shower himself in glory when we went through that turgid mid-season period, where he kept picking and playing the same system which obviously wasn't working.
4 Posted 08/05/2019 at 09:24:35
As somebody else said later on whatever thread I posted on, why would Brands tell a total stranger on a train his transfer plans for the summer, which I fully agree with, but I was only saying what I was told. Too many times in the past the club have let loose their transfer targets, only to be pipped at the post by another club.
Brands was definitely on the train though, as we saw him get off at Runcorn, and the two lads showed us a picture of them with Brands on the train.
5 Posted 08/05/2019 at 09:27:26
I did attack his appointment to the Board on grounds of accountability and the speed of the promotion. But I am now of the opinion that as appointment was the quickest and possibly the only way for Moshiri to get a handle on the Board and changes at Senior Management level.
Still can't fathom the continuing presence and influence of Kenwright & Co. Brands is obviously streets ahead.
6 Posted 08/05/2019 at 09:33:12
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8 Posted 08/05/2019 at 10:03:20
9 Posted 08/05/2019 at 10:23:06
You're right, Alan. I got the impression that Neres was a striker and not a winger, so unless there is going to be a mass clear out of our current wingers, I don't see the point in being interested in another one, unless like you say, he's an improvement on what we've got.
I've not really seen Neres play, other than last week against Spurs (bloody spurs again!), But for me he didn't stand out. Maybe he will put on a good show tonight against you know who.
10 Posted 08/05/2019 at 10:24:17
“Get me Zouma, get me Gomes and please please get me a striker”
Lets see what unfolds over another big summer clearout.
11 Posted 08/05/2019 at 10:31:23
Can a club be accused of tapping up a player whilst he's on loan at said club though? (Only joking!!)
12 Posted 08/05/2019 at 10:42:49
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20 Posted 08/05/2019 at 13:43:49
I expect Brands to be more on the lookout for not yet household names. We aint City,who can simply spend 50million on someone in the blink of an eye. We need to learn to invest wisely.
Neres will be on the radar of all the top clubs across europe. Unfortunately, that is not yet us.
21 Posted 08/05/2019 at 14:12:56
"The fact that you can spend money means that you have to be much more careful. There aren't a lot of other teams with that kind of money to spend. If you make a mistake with an expensive signing you can't get rid of them."
The last sentence there pretty much sums up how I imagine Brands is feeling currently with Bolasie, Sandro, etc. More broadly, it is becoming a problem for a lot of clubs. Look at Barcelona. Spent 142 million on Coutinho so I imagine his wages are substantial. There aren't a lot of clubs who could afford to pay Barcelona 50% of that outlay to sign him, never mind his wages. Ditto Sanchez on 600k a week at United, 80 million pound man Morata at Chelsea. Ideally, you'd see players sating "I love the game so much I will rip up this lucrative contract and go and play at Mechelen for 3,000 a week just to get game time." But with agents involved, even if a player accepts a lower wage on a new contract, the selling club invariably have to subsidize it or give the player a hefty payoff. So long term, a club could really go to the wall if they make a handful of big money flop signings.
22 Posted 08/05/2019 at 14:29:58
I don't want this guy in an Everton shirt.
In Brands I trust.
23 Posted 08/05/2019 at 14:36:52
24 Posted 08/05/2019 at 14:39:38
I drew a different take on Neres last week against Spurs -- I really liked his quickness and confidence on the ball. Loves to take people on. But he definitely seems to be much more a winger than a striker.
Lozano, of course, has been #1 on my wish list since I first saw him pretty much win the CONCACAF CL for Pachuca by himself before he joined PSV. I advocated here that we try to snag him before the World Cup. Now he's the best attacking midfielder in the Eredivisie, but perhaps beyond our reach now with a reported $40 million release clause in his contract. His recent knee injury did not require surgery, so there will probably be a long line of suitors this summer.
Jamie, tell me you're kidding. The guy has 34 in 59 for PSV playing off the wing. Overrated? Inaccurate? Oh, my.
25 Posted 08/05/2019 at 14:59:29
I could see how the train story could be "true." Let's say you've got these excited fans chatting away. One of them puts it to Brands that we should buy Neres, Lozano whoever. Brands thinks to himself "well this is awkward. Next time I should drive. Obviously I can't get into a transfer debate with these guys so I will just kind of raise my eyebrows and smile. That should tell them it's not something I can discuss." Meanwhile the fans see Brands raise his eyebrows and smile and think to themselves "Did you see that smile? That was a knowing look. He obviously can't say 'yes' but that is his way of telling us the rumors are true. Where is Rob Halligan? I am going to tell him but just to make it a better story I'll leave out the smile and say he said 'yes' cause clearly that is what he meant."
26 Posted 08/05/2019 at 15:00:47
Lozano is a curious one, electric at the world cup and been banging them in ever since yet no one has bid for him.
27 Posted 08/05/2019 at 17:25:41
28 Posted 09/05/2019 at 00:52:00
I was at Goodison when the tannoy gave The RS score 1- 9 vs Birmingham. There was a stunned silence as the crowd turned to each other wondering had they heard right. The announcer slowly repeated, "Birmingham N I N E, Liverpool ONE!"
That was one of the few happy memories concerning that lot.
29 Posted 09/05/2019 at 10:10:12
30 Posted 09/05/2019 at 10:23:44
I'm not kidding. I'm basing my opinion off what I saw in the World Cup. Lozano was entirely unimpressive to my eyes, and completely overrated. He seriously couldn't put a shot on target if his life depended on it.
Now I had zero idea that he had such a good goal per game average at PSV. I don't follow the other leagues at all really. So based on your recommendation (which does carry weight with me) I'll reconsider.
As I said, in Brands I Trust. But again, it's a leap of faith for me with Lozano, based upon what my own eyes saw this last summer watching the World Cup. I couldn't, for the life of me, understand what all the "Lozano hype" was all about.
31 Posted 09/05/2019 at 11:01:33
32 Posted 09/05/2019 at 20:54:01
Being realistic getting back to back preseason, successful windows is difficult, but Ive every belief MB, will do the business for us.
33 Posted 09/05/2019 at 21:01:24
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35 Posted 09/05/2019 at 21:45:57
I will say though, the Dutch league is a total minefield, so hit and miss when it comes to players adapting to our league.
36 Posted 09/05/2019 at 21:59:38
37 Posted 09/05/2019 at 22:06:59
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