A report in the Spanish language version of OneFootball on Monday said that the Blues are thinking of launching a bid to activate the 20-year-old's €15m release clause, a claim that was backed up by Sebastián Srur of Argentine outlet Radio Continental who tweeted that there could soon be news along these lines.
That was followed by further reporting by Srur on Friday (17 March) that Sosa's agent will fly to England within the next week to conclude the £13.5m move which would see the midfielder follow Ramiro Funes Mori from River Plate to Goodison Park.
Sosa, who signed his first contract with the Buenos Aires club last year, will be a member of the Argentina team that will feature in the U20 World Cup that kicks off in Poland in 10 days' time and his move to Merseyside will be announced after the tournament.
The player, who would struggle to get a work permit to play in England straight away, was asked about the speculation and while he admitted that he was flattered to be coveted by a club like Everton, for now his focus is on the U20 World Cup.
Marcel Brands is said to have travelled to Chile to scout at the South American U20 Championships in January and February. Argentina finished as runners-up and Sosa was named in the team of the tournament.
Update On 23 May, the Liverpool Echo reported that while Everton have been keeping tabs on Sosa, they don't have any imminent plans to sign him and would likely revisit their interest in January.
Original Source: OneFootball
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1 Posted 13/05/2019 at 22:42:02
Get the south Americans on the go.
2 Posted 13/05/2019 at 22:53:23
3 Posted 14/05/2019 at 01:05:42
A hard working Centre Midfielder with an eye for goal, but never having heard of this lad I will endeavour to find out more about him. I like the idea we are being linked, whether true or not, with players from South America.
4 Posted 14/05/2019 at 01:10:33
5 Posted 14/05/2019 at 01:48:33
6 Posted 14/05/2019 at 02:08:35
7 Posted 14/05/2019 at 02:28:55
8 Posted 14/05/2019 at 04:34:57
9 Posted 14/05/2019 at 07:38:43
Since then weve had Funes Mori, Jo, Stracqualursi, hardly the most talented footballers on the continent.
There are some real diamonds of technically gifted footballers over there though, I watched a YouTube video documentary on the players training methods at clubs like Tigre, Boca Juniors to name a few and they train lads to be really technically sound (we have seen for example with Bernard)
10 Posted 14/05/2019 at 07:48:37
Its definitely in the coaching, and Im sure he spent time at the famous “AJAX ACADEMY” were footballers are taught to enjoy the football.
11 Posted 14/05/2019 at 09:52:38
Surely we could loan him in and see how he goes, similar to what West Ham did with Lanzini who was equally as unknown.
12 Posted 14/05/2019 at 11:23:06
Never heard of this lad, Sosa, never seen him, but there's a world of difference from Lanzini.
Edit: perhaps I should add that the reason for watching this game on YouTube was due to the battle of the number 10s. Riquelmhe was back in Argentina and he lined up for Boca. Whilst Lanzini was playing for the newly promoted River and was being talked up as the heir apparent to the aging (and past it) Riquelmhe.
13 Posted 14/05/2019 at 13:01:42
14 Posted 14/05/2019 at 13:05:33
15 Posted 14/05/2019 at 14:02:16
Thank you for the comment - I had no idea! I thought Lanzini came in on loan from Saudi or Abu Dhabi initially?
16 Posted 18/05/2019 at 08:08:39
It used to be the case that many Argentine players would qualify for a Spanish or Italian passport through ancestry, and thus circumvent the need for a work permit through having EU national status. We dont know what the rules are going to be on this moving forward and personally Id prefer much stricter rules so that more English players were playing in the Premier League. This may not happen, and work permits may become easier to get for lads like this in which case fine, but its a bit of a gamble. Id rather become the club young English players want to come to because they know theres more chance of game time.
Ultimately, I want any player who is going to make Everton better, but Im actually a bit worried about what appears to be our transfer strategy moving forwards. There seem to be a number of potential issues, and signing youngsters from overseas could be problematic for a variety of reasons.
17 Posted 18/05/2019 at 08:42:05
I think Marcel Brands is going to be the best signing Everton have made in a long time.
18 Posted 18/05/2019 at 09:38:10
In recent years weve concentrated on buying “PL experienced” players, some of whom came from relegated teams. Another option was the championship some work (Cahill), most dont (Beckford), hoping to find the next raw diamond.
With Brands we finally have the possibility of really scouring the leagues which produce the most technically gifted youngsters I.e. Argentina, Brazil, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Portugal etc Its far easier to get these lads adapted to the physicality of the Prem than it is to teach a 20 year old championship player the basic skills needed to play at the highest level.
Im not discounting young English players in the lower leagues (some of the talent in the Leeds-Derby playoff was extraordinary) but the price tags are exorbitant in many cases.
So, rather than waiting for the usual suspects (Spain, Portugal) to find these nuggets on the cheap and sell them for a pirates ransom let us get them at the source!
If only we could do work permits and visas.
19 Posted 18/05/2019 at 10:18:17
In the meantime we've thrown good money at Tosun, Klaasen, Vlasic and Ramirez with little return.
Players like Jags, Baines, Pickford, Keane, Gana, T.Cahill, Coleman, DCL, Stones, Lescott etc. etc. have all been decent investments.
All that said, the wider the scouting network, the better.
Remember when all our players seemed to come from Scotland ?
20 Posted 18/05/2019 at 10:35:29
21 Posted 18/05/2019 at 11:02:53
But who we may get will be interesting as we are linked with so many players, journo - media circus in over drive.
MB said hed be doing business early in the window, let show see what happens.
22 Posted 18/05/2019 at 19:41:15
23 Posted 19/05/2019 at 13:48:32
There has been such a diversity of opinion on TW already, on who we should or shouldn't sign, or we could have signed last year for half the asking price, or we would have been better avoiding this numpty we have on a 'lottery for life' wages and a long contract.
Personally I love it as it keeps the site going, when there are no matches involving Everton, as the diversity of opinions are interesting with many good points and arguments put forward, and of course the occasional drivel thrown in for good measure.
No-one has crossed the threshold of Finch Farm in either direction yet, and some have already manned the battle stations, in offence or defence of what we should be doing, or who we should be signing.
At the end of the day, they are all rumours or hypotheses, until we see, WHOEVER, signing in, and wearing the shirt with his new squad number on it.
24 Posted 20/05/2019 at 16:05:33
Come on, let's work with something tangible. I don't want another Onyekuru because as we all know, the less we see of him, the better he will be.
Is this Sosa really that good to have to go down this route again?
25 Posted 21/05/2019 at 13:45:59
Always a risk with players this age but this is what the best scouts do, getting it right more than their rivals. I think already alot more is expected of this player than someone like the Uruguayan kid Leandro.
I'm pretty sure he won't be able to make an impact in the PL right away but if he reaches his potential then we would have a very good player on our hands. The top clubs invest heavily in youth and then either sell them (often at profit) on or unearth a gem who can make it in their first team.
26 Posted 21/05/2019 at 20:31:44
We're too much of a soft touch, more interested in players wellbeing than putting the club first and it shows continually. We're too sentimental with past-it players and too patient with those who are never going to be good enough.
It all adds up to us being exactly what we are at present, a club going through the motions and making up the numbers, taking it up the backside constantly and getting sand kicked in our faces.
Back to basics-method of playing, players to fit method, stand up for our selves and take no shit off anyone.
We're miles off it now, the club don't even seem to understand what the problems are, never mind the solutions.
27 Posted 21/05/2019 at 20:46:53
28 Posted 21/05/2019 at 21:07:02
I hope that unlike Koeman he can build on this. For me, Koeman went wrong by trying to change too much in his second season. I hope Silva tries to maintain what he had at the end of the season and then build upon it slowly and improve it.
29 Posted 21/05/2019 at 22:43:24
Clearly a deep-lying midfielder/distributor in the Gomes mold. Knows what he's doing on the ball (check out the slick dribble at :52) and can put in a tackle (1:20, 1:30, 1:50, 2:10).
30 Posted 24/05/2019 at 14:03:54
I suspect the £13M is agent and media hype, but nothing wrong with investing in an up-and-coming talent who is earning positive reviews; even if a work permit is a problem for now.
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