rss

Category: Everton

0

Swansea reject second Everton bid worth £45m for Gylfi Sigurdsson

• Swansea stand firm in £50m valuation for Iceland international
• Everton’s initial £40m bid rejected but negotiations remain open

Swansea City remain resolute in their £50m valuation of Gylfi Sigurdsson, having rejected a second bid worth up to £45m from Everton for the Iceland international.

Everton had a £40m offer for the 27-year-old rejected a fortnight ago, when Sigurdsson stunned Swansea officials and team-mates by pulling out of the club’s pre-season tour of the United States, and an improved deal met a similar fate on Monday. That bid is understood to have been £40m plus £5m in add-ons.

Continue reading…

0

Everton suffer double injury blow to Ross Barkley and Ramiro Funes Mori

• Tottenham target Barkley to miss four weeks following groin surgery
• Defender Funes Mori out for ‘six to nine months’ with knee injury

Ross Barkley will miss the start of the season after undergoing surgery on a groin problem that has curtailed his pre-season with Everton. His team-mate Ramiro Funes Mori, meanwhile, could miss the bulk of the new campaign owing to complications in his recovery from a knee operation.

Barkley has missed Everton’s trips to Tanzania and the Netherlands and is expected to be sidelined for four weeks. The midfielder will miss the club’s Europa League third-round qualifier plus the Premier League opener against Stoke City, though whether he would have featured in Ronald Koeman’s plans is doubtful given the stand-off over his new contract.

Continue reading…

0

Everton suffer double injury blow to Ross Barkley and Ramiro Funes Mori

• Tottenham target Barkley to miss four weeks following groin surgery
• Defender Funes Mori out for ‘six to nine months’ with knee injury

Ross Barkley will miss the start of the season after undergoing surgery on a groin problem that has curtailed his pre-season with Everton. His team-mate Ramiro Funes Mori, meanwhile, could miss the bulk of the new campaign owing to complications in his recovery from a knee operation.

Barkley has missed Everton’s trips to Tanzania and the Netherlands and is expected to be sidelined for four weeks. The midfielder will miss the club’s Europa League third-round qualifier plus the Premier League opener against Stoke City, though whether he would have featured in Ronald Koeman’s plans is doubtful given the stand-off over his new contract.

Continue reading…

0

Premier League: 20 players ready to make a breakthrough next season

A club-by-club guide to the rising stars who could make a mark in 2017-18, including Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson and West Brom’s Sam Field

The 17-year-old was trending on Twitter last Thursday morning during his first appearance for Arsène Wenger’s first team – against Sydney FC – and it was because his pace, power and trickery are always going to be popular. The attacking midfielder played in an unfamiliar right wing-back role but there were no nerves, only a determination to show what he could do. Will Wenger give him his professional debut this season? According to the manager, Nelson is “very, very close”. David Hytner

Continue reading…

0

Premier League: 20 players ready to make a breakthrough next season

A club-by-club guide to the rising stars who could make a mark in 2017-18, including Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson and West Brom’s Sam Field

The 17-year-old was trending on Twitter last Thursday morning during his first appearance for Arsène Wenger’s first team – against Sydney FC – and it was because his pace, power and trickery are always going to be popular. The attacking midfielder played in an unfamiliar right wing-back role but there were no nerves, only a determination to show what he could do. Will Wenger give him his professional debut this season? According to the manager, Nelson is “very, very close”. David Hytner

Continue reading…

0

Premier League: 20 players ready to make a breakthrough next season

A club-by-club guide to the rising stars who could make a mark in 2017-18, including Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson and West Brom’s Sam Field

The 17-year-old was trending on Twitter last Thursday morning during his first appearance for Arsène Wenger’s first team – against Sydney FC – and it was because his pace, power and trickery are always going to be popular. The attacking midfielder played in an unfamiliar right wing-back role but there were no nerves, only a determination to show what he could do. Will Wenger give him his professional debut this season? According to the manager, Nelson is “very, very close”. David Hytner

Continue reading…

0

Manchester United ambassadorial role will remain open for Wayne Rooney

• Old Trafford post on offer after retirement despite player joining Everton
• Rooney is club’s record goalscorer and still viewed as an ideal ambassador

Wayne Rooney still has the offer of an ambassadorial role at Manchester United on retirement despite having left the club for Everton.

When signing his last agreement at Old Trafford in February 2014, Rooney expected to finish his playing career at United. The terms also included an ambassadorial position but the contractually binding nature of this ended when the player left for Goodison Park.

Continue reading…

0

Everton head to Netherlands without Ross Barkley for pre-season trip

• Barkley has not recovered from a groin injury
• Everton sign defender Cuco Martina on a free transfer

Ross Barkley will miss Everton’s second overseas trip of pre-season having failed to recover from a groin problem in time for the squad’s departure for the Netherlands.

The Everton midfielder, who could leave Goodison Park after failing to sign a contract extension, was again the notable absentee when Ronald Koeman’s 25-man squad flew to Enschede on Monday. The 23-year-old has been linked with Tottenham Hotspur and several other Premier League clubs having entered the final 12 months of his contract, although Everton insist the player’s absence is because of a groin injury that has required treatment and forced him to miss the visit to Tanzania last week.

Continue reading…

0

Ronald Koeman seeks finishing touch to Everton’s £150m spending spree | Andy Hunter

Even if Everton capture Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea, the big-spending Blues must still land a prolific striker after Romelu Lukaku’s departure

Everton’s spending will break the £150m barrier should they finally meet Swansea’s asking price for Gylfi Sigurdsson but the cost of challenging the Champions League clique is likely to rise higher. Not even the return of Wayne Rooney to Goodison Park, with his throwback goal in Tanzania, deflects from the need to reconstruct Ronald Koeman’s attack following the exit of Romelu Lukaku. The finishing touches of an unprecedented spree could prove the most important.

Related: Swansea warn Everton over Sigurdsson and raise question of tapping up

Continue reading…

0

Swansea warn Everton over Sigurdsson and raise question of tapping up

• Swansea insist they will not be bullied into dropping £50m asking price
• Welsh club say any Everton agreement with player would be illegal

Swansea City have questioned whether Everton have tapped up Gylfi Sigurdsson and warned they will not be bullied into dropping their £50m asking price for the Iceland international.

Sigurdsson stunned Swansea officials and coaching staff on Thursday when he pulled out of the club’s pre-season tour of the United States shortly before the flight to Philadelphia. The 27-year-old was apparently “not in the right frame of mind” amid continued interest from Everton, who want the midfielder as part of their summer spending spree.

Continue reading…

0

Everton set to increase bid and sign Gylfi Sigurdsson after Swansea reject £40m

• Swansea value midfielder at £50m and deal should be struck before next week
• Sigurdsson not travelling with Swansea for their pre-season tour of US

Swansea City have rejected a £40m bid from Everton for Gylfi Sigurdsson. They value the midfielder at £50m and further negotiations are expected that will likely end in the player moving to Goodison Park before next week.

Sigurdsson has not travelled with the Swansea squad for a pre-season tour of the US. The club said on their Twitter feed: “Gylfi did not feel in the right frame of mind to travel due to the current uncertainty over his future”.

Continue reading…

0

Romelu Lukaku: Manchester United’s plan B but a very José Mourinho striker | Jonathan Wilson

Lukaku can fulfil two vital roles in a Mourinho side: holding up the ball and threatening on the counterattack in the manner of Didier Drogba

As a coup de théâtre, Manchester United’s swoop for Romelu Lukaku was rather magnificent. A much-needed striker was acquired, Wayne Rooney was offloaded and José Mourinho’s last two clubs were left looking a little foolish – Chelsea as they failed to land a player who had seemed almost certain to join them since January and Real Madrid as they vainly held out on their valuation of Álvaro Morata. From a football point of view, though, the deal raises as many questions as it answers.

Assuming Morata was plan A for United – and unless United were playing some implausible double game he surely was – it is a significant change of tack to turn to Lukaku. They are very different players and the hop from one to the other reinforces the idea United’s transfer policy is based on buying individuals and then fitting them together rather than setting out with a coherent strategy. Or at least it would if Lukaku were not – whatever tensions may have existed between them in the past – such an obviously Mourinho style of striker.

Continue reading…

0

Everton determined to sign Gylfi Sigurdsson despite Swansea’s £50m price tag

• Ronald Koeman keen to get deal done as soon as possible
• Next 48 hours critical with Swansea due to fly to United States

Everton remain determined to sign Gylfi Sigurdsson and will not be discouraged by Swansea City placing a £50m price tag on the midfielder’s head. Swansea’s valuation exceeds what Everton hope to pay for a player who was directly involved in 22 Premier League goals last season, but there is no let up in their pursuit and also a desire to get a transfer agreed as soon as possible.

Leicester City have also showed interest in signing Sigurdsson this summer and already had an offer rejected by Swansea, although it is understood that there is no prospect of the 27-year-old moving to the King Power Stadium. Everton, in that sense, are the player’s only realistic suitors as Ronald Koeman’s ambitious summer spending continues to gather pace in a bid to secure Champions League qualification next season.

Continue reading…

0

Wayne Rooney rekindles his Everton love affair and wants to play up front

Wayne Rooney revealed he is looking forward to the Merseyside derby more than going back to Old Trafford and also that he wants his England place back

If nothing else, it was a more polished performance than the first time Wayne Rooney staged his own press conference, on a January evening in 2003 and the occasion of his first professional deal for Everton. At 17, Rooney was so unprepared for the barrage of flashing cameras the words stuck in his throat and his audience could hardly hear him speak. David Moyes told him off for chewing gum and there was an awkward moment, after his first uncertain words, when he reached for the bottle of water on his table. Rooney was about to swig straight from it until Moyes intervened. “Pour it in the glass, Wayne,” came the advice.

Related: Wayne Rooney and Everton are well placed for a fruitful and warm reunion | Nick Ames

Continue reading…

0

Aaron Lennon grateful for support after returning to Everton pre-season training

• Thirty-year-old winger was detained under the Mental Health Act in May
• ‘Anyone feeling anything out of the ordinary should seek support’

Everton winger Aaron Lennon is happy to be back in training and has thanked people for their support after he was detained under the Mental Health Act in May.

The 30-year-old has been back in pre-season training with Everton for the past week following his treatment for a stress-related illness after the police detained him at the side of a road in Salford.

Continue reading…

0

José Mourinho backs Romelu Lukaku to succeed at ‘biggest club in the world’

• Manchester United announce signing of Romelu Lukaku on five-year deal
• ‘I cannot wait to run out at Old Trafford in front of 75,000 fans,’ says Belgian

José Mourinho is confident Romelu Lukaku will be a success at Manchester United after the club confirmed the striker’s arrival from Everton. The 24-year-old has signed a five-year deal.

The Portuguese, who managed Lukaku at Chelsea, said: “Romelu is a natural fit for Manchester United. He is a big personality and a big player. It is only natural that he wants to develop his career at the biggest club. He will be a great addition to the group and I know they will make him very welcome. I am really looking forward to working with him again.”

Continue reading…

0

Wayne Rooney: Everton is not a retirement home, I’m here to win

• Rooney desperate to play after losing regular place at Manchester United
• 31-year-old hopes to force way back into the England squad

Wayne Rooney said on Monday he did not view Everton as a “retirement home” but had returned to win trophies and with the ambition of forcing his way back into the England squad.

Rooney rejoined his boyhood club from Manchester United on Sunday and the 31-year-old trained with his new team-mates for the first time on Monday.

Continue reading…

0

Wayne Rooney: Everton is not a retirement home, I’m here to win

• Rooney desperate to play after losing regular place at Manchester United
• 31-year-old hopes to force way back into the England squad

Wayne Rooney said on Monday he did not view Everton as a “retirement home” but had returned to win trophies and with the ambition of forcing his way back into the England squad.

Rooney rejoined his boyhood club from Manchester United on Sunday and the 31-year-old trained with his new team-mates for the first time on Monday.

Continue reading…

0

Swansea slap £50m price tag on playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson

• Everton and Leicester have both been linked with Icelander
• Sigurdsson was Welsh club’s player of the year last season

Swansea have put a £50m price tag on Gylfi Sigurdsson. The move comes as the Icelandic playmaker continues to be heavily linked with Everton and Leicester.

Swansea remain determined to keep hold of Sigurdsson, who was named the club’s player of the year for the second successive campaign last season.

Continue reading…

0

Wayne Rooney: Everton was the only club I wanted to join – video

Wayne Rooney says Everton was the only club he wanted to join following his move from Manchester United to Goodison Park at the weekend. The 31-year-old rejoins his boyhood club 13 years after leaving Merseyside for Manchester. Rooney, who became United’s all-time leading scorer during his time at Old Trafford, also admits he has been sleeping in Everton pyjamas since leaving the club

Continue reading…