Category: La Liga

Opinion: Everton may have to break the bank to land Silva's key man

Everton manager Marco Silva has admitted that he is keen to make Andre Gomes’s loan from Barcelona permanent at the end of the season, reports the Daily Mail.

What’s the word?

The Portugal international was one of a handful of new players who moved to Goodison Park in the summer.

However, he had to wait for his chance to shine due to injury, but now that he is fit and raring to go, the midfielder has become a fan favourite.

In total, the 25-year-old has made five Premier League appearances and at the weekend he played an instrumental role in the Toffees’ 1-0 win over Cardiff City.

As reported by the Daily Mail, Silva admitted to reporters that he wants to sign Gomes permanently and hopes that Barcelona ‘forget’ about him.

Is a deal feasible?

If Gomes finishes the season as a regular in the first team and is injury-free, then it would be no surprise if he was open to moving to Goodison full time.

It is unlikely that the midfielder will break into Barca’s squad, but if he continues to impress at Everton, the Catalan giants may take a second look.

If the club opt to sell, then the Toffees will have to stump up a wad of cash given that Barcelona bought him from Valencia for £29m plus add-ons two years ago.

Majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has pumped millions into the Merseyside outfit and has the money to play around with, but depending on the asking price, signing Gomes permanently could affect the rest of the club’s transfer spending.

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'Textbook from Ashley', 'Be serious' – Lots of Newcastle fans doubt deal for 6ft 1in ace

According to Cadena Ser, Newcastle United are interested in signing Real Sociedad defender Diego Llorente, although Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are also reportedly admirers of the Spaniard.

Llorente came through the youth system at Real Madrid, but only made three first-team appearances for the European champions before leaving for Sociedad in 2017.

The 25-year-old has scored seven times in 39 appearances for Sociedad, and has recently returned to the fold for the Basque club following a spell out of action with an ankle problem.

Llorente, who is also a two-time senior international with Spain, is attracting interest from Newcastle, Liverpool and Tottenham, according to Cadena Ser.

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The Newcastle fans have been on social media discussing the transfer report, and it would be fair to say that the majority do not fancy their club’s chances of pulling off a deal for the 6ft 1in ace.

A selection of the Twitter reaction from the Newcastle supporters can be seen below:

Opinion: Everton should move for Richarlison's international teammate in January

Barcelona midfielder Rafinha is once again being linked with a move away from Camp Nou, and Everton should make a January move for the Brazilian.

What’s the story?

Rafinha has been with Barcelona since 2006, and after progressing through the youth system, has gone on to make 86 appearances for the Spanish giants in all competitions.

A long-term knee injury saw Rafinha miss the first half of last season, but he returned to action in January, and moved on loan to Inter Milan for the rest of the campaign.

Inter turned down the chance to sign the South American on a permanent deal during the summer, and Rafinha has made seven appearances for Barcelona this term.

The 25-year-old continues to be linked with a move away from Camp Nou though, and it is thought that a January exit could take place.

Roma are the latest team to be linked with Rafinha, but Everton should be in the race to sign the versatile midfielder at the start of 2019.

Why should Everton move for Rafinha?

Rafinha might be surplus to requirements at Barcelona, but this is a player who has scored 12 times in 86 appearances for one of the best club teams in world football.

Rafinha will not turn 26 until next February, meanwhile, and there is absolutely no question that he has the qualities to be a success in the Premier League.

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The 5ft 8in ace is capable of playing in a number of different positions in the final third of the field, and Richarlison would certainly welcome his arrival at Goodison Park.

Indeed, the pair recently spent the international break together, and Richarlison would only improve alongside players of Rafinha’s ilk and indeed experience.

There will be a number of clubs closely monitoring developments, but Everton really should be in the mix for the talented playmaker.

'Utter genius,' 'Unreal' … These Liverpool fans stunned by transfer business

Usually, the men behind the scenes at football clubs come under intense scrutiny, and some have a difficult relationship with the fans.

At Liverpool, though, there is one man who is adored by the Merseyside outfit’s following, and that is sporting director Michael Edwards.

He took the role in 2016 and has since played a huge role in bringing top players to Anfield, including Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and goalkeeper Alisson.

Now, it has been reported by The Times journalist Paul Joyce that Edwards struck an agreement with Barcelona during the sale of Philippe Coutinho.

It is believed that if the Catalan giants want to sign another Liverpool before 2020, they will have to pay a premium of €100m on top of a fee.

Barcelona have poached a few of the Reds’ key players, and the likes of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Salah are regularly linked with moves to Spain.

Unsurprisingly, plenty of Liverpool fans are delighted with this reported clause.

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Opinion: West Ham should sell Arnautovic in January and replace him with 24-goal forward

West Ham United should sell Marko Arnautovic in January and replace him with Celta Vigo’s excellent centre-forward Maxi Gomez.

What’s the word, then?

Arnautovic has been in fine form for West Ham this season, scoring five times in 10 Premier League appearances for the Hammers.

The attacker is believed to be unhappy at the London Stadium, however, and his refusal to commit himself to the Hammers during the recent international break will be a concern to the supporters.

There would certainly be life after Arnautovic if he moved on, however, and the London club should look to sell if they can recoup the £20m that they paid for him.

Arnautovic will be 30 next year, and the capital outfit should be looking for a striker who could lead their line for the next three or four years.

Gomez has been in wonderful form since arriving at Celta, and it would be some coup if Manuel Pellegrini’s side managed to secure his signature.

Just how good can Gomez become?

Very good, potentially excellent. The 22-year-old arrived at Celta from Uruguayan outfit Defensor Sporting in the summer of 2017, and the centre-forward has proved to be a fine addition for the La Liga club.

Indeed, Gomez has managed 24 goals and nine assists in 49 appearances for Celta, including six goals in 10 La Liga appearances this term.

Tottenham Hotspur have recently been credited with an interest, and West Ham would certainly not get a free run at the South American.

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Celta are believed to have paid just £3.5m for Gomez in May 2017, which is some deal. That price will have obviously increased, but the Hammers showed in the summer that they are prepared to spend to reach their goals.

Losing Arnautovic would be a blow at the mid-point of the season, but replacing the Austrian with one of the most exciting young forwards in European football would be excellent business.