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Transfer rumor roundup: Everton, Man Utd handed Van de Beek hope

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Everton and Manchester United are mentioned as destinations for a pair of possible Premier League debutants, while the pair are also going head-to-head for an Ajax star.

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It’s been in fashion to link Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton revolution with players from his home country.

The latest is Torino’s Daniele Baselli, who is also wanted by Napoli and Lazio according to Sportslens.

The 28-year-old center midfielder is averaging 2.7 tackles, 1.6 interceptions, and 1.5 clearances per Serie A match this season.

That’s not to say he doesn’t have attacking acumen, pitching in an average of five goals per season since moving to Turin from Atalanta in 2015.

Baselli has been capped once by Italy.


Diminutive Venezuelan winger Yeferson Soteldo is holding out hope for a move to Manchester United.

The 5-foot-3 international with 17 caps and a goal and turns 23 this summer. He’s scored 10 times with seven assists in his short time with Santos after arriving from Chilean club Universidad.

He said he’d chose United even if Real Madrid or Barcelona came calling. From The Manchester Evening News:

“I always dreamed of playing for Manchester United, the dream remains intact. There are many steps to get there, but I feel I can. I want to go to Europe, but not to go and come back.”

Soteldo has become a mainstay for Venezuela, and posted a goal and an assist against Japan in November.


Both Everton and Man Utd are being linked with a player whose fate seemed sealed just weeks ago.

Ajax star Donny van de Beek has been strongly connected to a wink-wink transfer to Real Madrid this summer, as La Liga’s giants couldn’t risk Financial Fair Play woes by adding him to their 2019 summer haul.

Shoot quotes a Spanish report that the Toffees and Red Devils believe they can land the midfielder.

Van de Beek just turned 23, and has 10 goals and 11 assists in 37 matches this season after registering 17 and 13 in 57 appearances in 2018/19.

Santos president José Carlos Peres: Everton ‘want’ Yeferson Soteldo

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Wherever Carlo Ancelotti goes, big transfers follow.

With that in consideration, it becomes apparent that Everton will spend big over the summer on various, frail positions, as they try to keep up with the league’s powerhouses, turning the topic of conversation from “will they spend” to “who will they spend it on”.

Speaking to Calciomercato, Santos president José Carlos Peres revealed one of the Premier League sides’ cards, claiming that Everton “want” the services of their 22-year-old left winger, Yeferson Soteldo.

“All the big teams in Brazil have asked me [for him], Premier [League] teams like Everton want him, and we have many requests from Spain,” Carlos Peres said when asked about the interest for Soteldo.

Carlos Peres added that Soteldo, who joined Santos in January 2019 for a reported $3 million from Universidad de Chile, was recently offered to Inter Milan for $37 million. Inter’s sporting director, Piero Ausilio, however, turned down the offer.

“They asked me [for Soteldo], Ausilio himself, but it stopped in front of my request for 35 million (euros),” he added.

Despite never playing in Europe, Soteldo, surely, would bring with him high levels of dynamism to Goodison Park, if he were to leave Brazil over the summer. The winger has 17 caps for the Venezuelan national team, which he has also captained.

Since his arrival, Ancelotti has demonstrated that he has yet to secure an undisputed starter at left wing, dropping Bernard for Gylfi Sigurdsson a couple of matches into his tenure. Sigurdsson, who has been mostly an impact player in Everton blue, has a mere goal and two assists to his name in 26 league appearances this season.

From a distance, the left wing poses itself as a frail position, and no one currently at Everton has managed to call it their own.

The Italian manager has some gaps to fill this summer, and it sounds like Soteldo is the early frontrunner to do just that.