With Nuno Espírito Santo the presumptive new Everton manager, the Blues have emerged as the leading suitor for Sporting's Matheus Nunes.
The 22-year-old Brazilian has been a target for Newcastle since the January transfer window when they reportedly failed with a bid to sign him and recent reports have suggested that the Magpies will need to double their offer to secure him.
According to Record in Portugal, Espírito Santo's arrival at Goodison Park could be decisive in Everton winning any race to sign Nunes who is valued at between €15M and €20M.
While not a client of Jorge Mendes, the super-agent is said by Sport Witness to have a good relationship with Nunes's representatives.
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1 Posted 13/06/2021 at 17:00:50
2 Posted 13/06/2021 at 17:18:49
Transfermarkt says 3 goals, 3 assists in 39 appearances last season... mostly as a sub, not a starter.
Somebody tell me why I should be excited about this guy.
3 Posted 13/06/2021 at 17:26:03
Seriously its a long time since weve had creativity, or a player that can beat a man for fun, running forward, and putting teams on the back foot coming from our midfield, so although I know absolutely nothing about him, I already like this kids style!
4 Posted 13/06/2021 at 17:29:58
5 Posted 13/06/2021 at 17:33:15
6 Posted 13/06/2021 at 17:35:52
You are getting me all excited by the possibility of us signing a ball carrying midfielder. Next thing you'll be telling me he can go past people and pass a ball.
Wheres Steve Ferns ? This is right up his rua
7 Posted 13/06/2021 at 17:40:57
Fernsie would know, Sporting is his club, but he resigned from the world this week when Nuno emerged as our likely manager.
8 Posted 13/06/2021 at 17:43:26
9 Posted 13/06/2021 at 18:16:18
Theres a few young central midfielders around Id say who are a bit more established and would cost a similar price (€15-20m) but if Brands (and Nuno?) like him then fair enough. In terms of buying players in their early 20s with the ability to improve a lot I approve; after that it just becomes about the quality of scouting and judgement (which has been fairly hit and miss over last 5 years).
10 Posted 13/06/2021 at 18:21:03
11 Posted 13/06/2021 at 19:17:46
12 Posted 13/06/2021 at 19:18:39
Aye, aye, mate ' Keep it Clean ' there may be kids reading these posts! :-)
Sam @ 9, I'm a bit surprised too mate, it was YOU who mentioned him on the other thread, and I had hitherto not heard of him, but he does sound a decent prospect. I also read that Transfermarkt had him rated at £4.5M. Maybe, Nuno has covertly met Brands already and shared plans/prospects and he will be announced officially as Manager/Coach tomorrow.
According to the Media Circus, Denzell Dumfries is almost a done deal too, but as always until he is standing for the picture shoot with the shirt at Finch Farm (or seen in a chippie nearby) I am Victor Meldrew!
13 Posted 13/06/2021 at 19:30:58
Some of our lot, can't even run without a ball.
Goodison News reports that :
Jorge Mendes has held a meeting at a hotel in Milan over the future of Everton-linked striker Rafael Leao, according to CalcioMercato. The Italian news outlet reports that Everton and Wolves are interested in signing the 22-year-old, while Ligue 1 side Marseille are described as a team to keep an eye on. It is understood that Leao “could unexpectedly change his [club] in the next few days” with his agent Mendes warning AC Milan technical director Paolo Malindi offers are set to be made for him.
The Italian news outlet reports that Everton and Wolves are interested in signing the 22-year-old, while Ligue 1 side Marseille are described as a team to keep an eye on.
It is understood that Leao “could unexpectedly change his [club] in the next few days” with his agent Mendes warning AC Milan technical director Paolo Malindi offers are set to be made for him.
If True would this mean we will lose Richarlison or DCL before the start of next season, or would this lad be an addition to those two? Does anybody know anything about this player?
14 Posted 13/06/2021 at 20:15:50
Some question marks over the work ethic and attitude of Leao whereas Moise was lauded for his off the ball work by many PSG fans.
Any semi decent Portuguese player is likely to be linked with us now. Theres quite a few handy ones out there. Id love Neto, excellent player. Also wondered whether we could offer Bernardo Silva some playing time if he wanted to stay in the North West?! Huge long shot of course.
15 Posted 13/06/2021 at 20:59:04
Tall, fast, ball-handling mid-fielder whose video shows him dancing or fighting thru defenders while maintaining control of the ball. If only. Turned 22 a couple of days ago.
Would love us to sign this type player. Unless they're seriously cash-strapped, though, don't know why AC Milan would want to sell him.
Not sure why you connect him arriving with DCL or Richi leaving.
Anyway, here's a clip: Link
16 Posted 13/06/2021 at 21:44:25
17 Posted 13/06/2021 at 21:47:32
Quick feet, forward thinking attacking midfielder. Someone who also likes to drift wide and come in from the flanks.
Young as well.
18 Posted 13/06/2021 at 22:41:52
19 Posted 13/06/2021 at 23:34:43
Beyond pace, I didn't see anything in common with Richi in that clip.
Anyway, never heard of him until Barry brought him up. If we get him, I'll be happy. We don't, we go for someone else.
20 Posted 13/06/2021 at 23:45:05
If he does come, I hope that's the one pass he refuses to attempt.
As I mentioned above, the media report Barry posted reads REAL clickbaity to me. Or it's just another one of Mendes' plants.
I'll be surprised if we see this kid posing with Brands holding up the shirt.
21 Posted 14/06/2021 at 01:10:54
22 Posted 14/06/2021 at 07:51:04
I know it's tenuous link silly season but this wouldn't be a bad move.
23 Posted 14/06/2021 at 08:04:50
24 Posted 14/06/2021 at 08:10:05
25 Posted 14/06/2021 at 08:14:03
Total Yawn of speculation again.
Fed up with the Manager merry-go-round and player rumours.
Starting not to care.
26 Posted 14/06/2021 at 11:30:44
27 Posted 14/06/2021 at 11:48:28
Three central defenders is Nunos system.
We will need reinforcements in that department.
28 Posted 14/06/2021 at 12:00:33
Santos is just the latest Johnny cum lately that our bosses have fallen for. Honestly cant see any improvement
29 Posted 14/06/2021 at 12:04:20
30 Posted 14/06/2021 at 12:16:19
Morrissey, Harper, Sheedy, all ex reds who won Championship medals at Everton. Add Ablett,
Beardsley, Hutchinson etc. He wouldnt be the first.,
31 Posted 14/06/2021 at 12:30:11
32 Posted 14/06/2021 at 13:31:16
Maybe the lure of a return to Real Madrid was probably too great for Carlo to resist though, but he could have been leaving the team in a far healthier position for the new manager, if the present squad had pulled their tripe out a bit. They will be getting replaced because they deserve to be replaced.
33 Posted 14/06/2021 at 13:44:23
Season ticket holder.
I asked him to compare him to Jota, was he as good a player as Jota.
"he is better. Thats why they kept him and let Jota go"
34 Posted 14/06/2021 at 13:53:55
With new gaffer at the helm we all expect movement in the transfer market but in our case much may depend on who they can get rid of.
If Santo is in then perhaps he will have some pull on players from the Portuguese ranks.
Another class striker along with a strong, purposeful midfielder has to be the priority.
The dross we have seen in the midfield area over the last two years has been weak to say the least and a major contribution to many poor performances.
Let's get it on Santo !
35 Posted 14/06/2021 at 15:40:19
36 Posted 14/06/2021 at 15:47:52
What was the name of the lad who tried to kick Pele out of the game at Goodison?
A duuurty little bastard.
37 Posted 14/06/2021 at 16:06:35
We were not doing so well at the time and this rumor may well have kept him in the job 🙏
Does anybody else remember this ?
38 Posted 14/06/2021 at 16:26:47
If this Neto, is as good as Jota, he will already be one of the best players in the league imo, and if we can take a moaning scouse centre back, who never shuts up, and play him alongside Godfrey and Another, things will already be looking up for me!
39 Posted 14/06/2021 at 16:34:56
I thought my mate was telling me what I wanted to hear to be honest so pushed him.
He was insistent on how he rated Neto compared to Jota.
He loved Nuno as well, swore by him. Said him and his mates were gutted he left.
He said the board moved the goalposts on him, promised him one thing and offered him another thing.
That was him stuck. Stay on and keep the wages or walk.
To be admired that he showed his principles.
40 Posted 14/06/2021 at 16:51:54
41 Posted 14/06/2021 at 17:02:05
That was him Bill.
I recall he caught Pele with a terrible tackle, Pele who was stong and could mix it, went down but bounced up and retained possession. Only for Morais to hit him with a worse tackle than the first one.
Not even booked if memory serves
42 Posted 14/06/2021 at 17:17:06
As well as this £15m for Coady.
Feels like assumptions guess work.
43 Posted 14/06/2021 at 17:49:08
44 Posted 14/06/2021 at 18:19:56
Urgency was sadly lacking in previous windows and the inevitable "same old, same old" devoured manager after manager as the slack jawed blockheads waltzed about oblivious to what was ACTUALLY needed
Terrific beginning if Nuno is indeed orchestrating things
45 Posted 14/06/2021 at 18:26:51
I'd be surprised if we don't sign at least one of Guedes and Rafael Leao too, for that reason.
As for Coady, he's become a very good player at Wolves. That is partly his determination, partly Santo's coaching and switching him to RCB in a three man central defence instead of DCM.
I think Holgate is at least as good a player and potentially much better. I know he looked shocking at times this season but he was arguably our best player the previous season.
So my guess is the Coady rumours are off the mark and our modest kitty will be spent elsewhere.
46 Posted 14/06/2021 at 18:35:40
47 Posted 14/06/2021 at 18:39:42
48 Posted 14/06/2021 at 18:43:14
49 Posted 14/06/2021 at 18:57:56
in a couple of months so can longer be regarded as potential.
He's gone backwards but maybe X,Y, or Z manager who comes can turn him around.
50 Posted 14/06/2021 at 19:32:36
As Robert says; itll be interesting to see how he fits into a Nuno system, and whos place hes likely to take in it. Perhaps Brands is thinking Allans no longer going to be the shoo-in he was under Don eyebrows?
Personally Id have liked to see us sign a true destroyer in the middle. The next Kante or Gana…..but if Nunes is a player who can offer a pass to the defenders and move it forwards, then Ill settle for that.
Just need to sort RWB, Left footed CB, and some genuine competition for Richie and James in those inside forward / winger positions……..then move on Delph, Bernard. Iwobi, Siggy (perhaps after swansong year), etc. Plenty of work to do Mr Brands.
51 Posted 14/06/2021 at 21:11:37
We not only need the players to arrive at Everton - but to stay fit when they get here, since on past performance we seem to have an inordinate number of injuries to new recruits.
I dare say someone will be able to trot out some stats that will make that statement sound ridiculous - but, its just my perception of things.
52 Posted 14/06/2021 at 22:05:11
I know nothing of the player. But the profile is a step in the right direction - 15 million, 22, pace and attacking minded.
Hopefully a sign of things to come.
53 Posted 14/06/2021 at 22:33:04
This kid looks like he has potential so worth a punt even if a season too early. Better now then him going to Barca in 12 months.
54 Posted 15/06/2021 at 05:23:10
55 Posted 15/06/2021 at 07:07:31
56 Posted 15/06/2021 at 09:39:31
57 Posted 15/06/2021 at 09:45:48
58 Posted 15/06/2021 at 09:56:15
Prices should be lower this summer (especially from French clubs) so I hope a relatively untested player like this would be more like £10-15m.
Brands did a decent job of not overpaying last summer, hope he can do the same again as we have a few positions to fill and possibly not a huge kitty.
59 Posted 15/06/2021 at 09:57:21
60 Posted 15/06/2021 at 10:03:25
Lookman, Vlasic, Kean..
A pattern or just unlucky that they didn't fit in with managers preference or tactics?
Nuno, Nunes, nanu, its all a bit Mork & Mindy.
61 Posted 17/06/2021 at 09:31:55
62 Posted 21/06/2021 at 05:51:49
63 Posted 21/06/2021 at 08:16:22
64 Posted 21/06/2021 at 15:39:30
65 Posted 28/06/2021 at 10:33:48
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