Wolves, 10-man Everton in electric 2-2

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Richarlison scored two goals for 10-man Everton, but Ruben Neves scored and posted an assist on the equalizer as the Toffees and Wolves drew 2-2 at the Molineux Stadium on Saturday.

Mexican international Raul Jimenez scored said equalizer, which came against an Everton side which played down a man for 50 minutes following a controversial red card to Phil Jagielka.

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A boisterous Molineux settled into watching Everton having the better of early play, and Seamus Coleman forced an early save out of Rui Patricio.

Richarlison opened his account just a few minutes after collecting a yellow card. The Brazilian found Michael Keane‘s knockdown of a Leighton Baines free kick to make it 1-0 to the Toffees.

The Brazilian then led a 2v1 break, but opted for the outside of his right foot instead of the left for a cross, flubbing the chance to find Theo Walcott. Wolves broke right back, with Jordan Pickford saving a Helder Costa attempt.

The game changed wildly when Jagielka’s lunging recovery attempt of a casual touch clattered into the ankle of Diego Jota.

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And Neves curled the ensuing free kick upper 90 in sensational fashion, sending the clubs to the locker rooms level at one.

The game remained even, the pouring rain certainly depriving the match of a certain amount of flow.

Two saves marked the second half as it reached the 60th minute, with Cenk Tosun denied by Patricio and Wolves’ Jimenez blocked by Pickford.

Richarlison nearly had an assist when he knocked down a cross into the path of Walcott, but the ex-Arsenal man couldn’t get purchase on his shot.

And then he put the Toffees ahead, rewarding his manager for both buying him and leaving him in the game on yellow. It was a cute curling effort inside the far post and beyond the reach of a diving Patricio.

But hold on! Neves sent a beautiful cross over the head of a leaping Keane, and Jimenez buried his header to make it 2-2 with 10 minutes to play.

VIDEO: Ruben Neves with a fabulous free kick goal

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Big money signing Richarlison opened his account for Everton in Saturday’s Premier League match at the Molineux, but the highlight of the half belongs to newly-promoted Wolves and their midfield maestro Ruben Neves.

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The Toffees led 1-0, but the game changed wildly when Jagielka’s lunging recovery attempt of a casual touch clattered into the ankle of Diego Jota.

And Neves curled the ensuing free kick upper 90 in sensational fashion. Jordan Pickford could only flail at the effort.

Top Five transfer moves that did not materialize

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Many players ticketed for new locales stayed put past Thursday’s Premier League summer transfer deadline.

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While Eden Hazard staying at Chelsea is no doubt huge, it only affected one Premier League club. Here are five moves which could’ve swung momentum for two clubs in England.

5. Jordan Pickford stays put at Everton — The English backstop saved the Toffees’ proverbial bacon on many occasions last season, and was a massive part of England’s World Cup run. The only question is how he fares when not under siege for the first time in four years.

4. Willian doesn’t get Mourinho reunion, stays at Chelsea — There’s a chance that Maurizio Sarri won’t be able to keep the Brazilian happy at Stamford Bridge, but that’s difficult to believe given his history of exciting play at Napoli.

3. Man Utd fails to land Harry Maguire, who stays with Leicester City — Rumors of a world record move to Manchester United did not materialize for the defender, which doesn’t shore up the Red Devils’ back line and keeps Leicester steady in a window which already saw Riyad Mahrez skip town.

2. Ruben Loftus-Cheek not leaving Chelsea on loan — Let’s hope Sarri has plans for the young Englishman, who was rock solid when healthy for Palace last season.

  1. Wilfried Zaha staying at Crystal Palace — This was huge, even looking beyond Crystal Palace’s 0-9 record when the Ivorian winger doesn’t suit up for the Eagles. He’s a game-changing forward, and would’ve potentially been the biggest attack to swap homes this summer.

Chelsea struggling to find Courtois replacement with Madrid move on hold

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Chelsea will not sell Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid without securing a replacement, and have thus halted all discussions, according to a Sky Sports report on Monday afternoon.

Following his Golden Glove performance at the 2018 World Cup, Madrid has been heavily linked with Courtois as an upgrade from Costa Rican international Keylor Navas who has served as the starting goalkeeper for each of the last three years at the Bernabeu. Los Blancos have won the Champions League each of those three seasons.

However, according to the Sky Sports report, negotiations have been broken off by Chelsea with the Blues requiring a replacement to be secured before they can continue. With the Premier League season just 11 days off, the options are dwindling.

Leicester City manager Claude Puel has stated publicly that with the season so close, he believes Kasper Schmeichel will stay at King Power Stadium. The Danish international, who also excelled this summer in Russia, has been mentioned as one of the top choices to replace Courtois should he leave, but that option may be off the table. In addition, Jordan Pickford is reportedly set to engage in negotiations for a contract extension at Everton when he returns from his extended post-World Cup rest.

The Sky Sports report puts the latest Courtois valuation by Madrid at $42 million, significantly lower than the $87.7 transfer fee Liverpool paid for Alisson this summer, a record for a goalkeeper. That is because Courtois is in the final year of his contract at Chelsea, and the pressure is on the Blues to sell him now or lose him for nothing, destroying the club’s negotiating leverage.

Still, reports suggest Courtois has not ruled out signing a new contract at Stamford Bridge, which would obviously be the ideal scenario for the Blues. With that still in flux, there is no telling who will be the starting Chelsea goalkeeper when they open the season Saturday, August 11 against Huddersfield Town.

Transfer Rumor Roundup: Pickford to Chelsea? PL teams on alert for Mina, and more

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With Thibaut Courtois reportedly on his way out of Chelsea, the Blues are now turning their sights to England’s No. 1.

Per Sky Sports News, Chelsea is interested in signing Everton shotstopper Jordan Pickford, and has made him the club’s top target to replace Courtois. Coming off a strong World Cup campaign in Russia, Pickford would not only provide a steady pair of hands (and feet) for new manager Maurizio Sarri but also would qualify as one of Chelsea’s homegrown players in the 25-man first-team squad.

On the other side of the coin, Everton has a big decision to make. Should the Toffees sell Pickford, it would help recoup some of the nearly $52.5 million transfer fee Everton spent on Richarlison, if not cover it in full. In addition, with a new manager in Marco Silva, he may have other goalkeepers he’d rather have in net. But at the same time, it would be a huge blow to Everton’s supporters to see a World Cup hero shipped out ahead of what could be a breakthrough campaign.

Stay tuned for more in the coming days as we inch closer to the August 9 transfer deadline in the Premier League.

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