Ronald Koeman was not a happy man after his Everton side threw away a 1-0 lead to lose their 3rd round FA Cup tie with Leicester – and now he has made clear he wants new signings.
Koeman noted that teenage midfielder Tom Davies was one of Everton’s best players, which said enough about his squad.
He continued that signings were needed and wants major improvements to his squad this month. “I have that in mind and the board knows because we speak together about what we and the team needs and that is the job of Steve Walsh [Everton’s director of football].”
Everton have already bagged Charlton’s highly-rated teenage striker Ademola Lookman for £11 million in this window, but he is regarded as one for the future.
Koeman is also looking for established stars who can make an instant impact. The Toffees have already bid for Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin and are interested in his team-mate Memphis Depay. But it seems Koeman will also be in for other targets before the window shuts at the end of the month.
The ambitions of Chinese clubs seemingly know no limits now, with rumours coming out of Shanghai SIPG offering Borussia Dortmund an eye-popping €150 million for their star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Not only are they said to be offering Dortmund piles of cash – Aubameyang himself could be set to earn €788,000 per WEEK.
Blimey. Let that one sink in. Even Cristiano Ronaldo only earns about £350k per week. When you say ‘only £350k’ you know the football world is losing its grip on reality.
This rumour has come from Italian football journalist Tancredi Palmeri, who tweeted earlier: “BOOM! AUBAMEYANG HAS RECEIVED AN OFFER OF 41m€ PER YEAR FROM SHANGHAI, AND 150m€ FOR BORUSSIA DORTMUND, BOTH WOULD BEAT WORLD RECORDS!”
As Palmeri said, this bid – if true – equates to about £127 million, which would smash the current world record £89 million Manchester United paid Juventus for Paul Pogba back in summer 2016.
Nothing has come out to corroborate this story – yet – but given the recent £60 million transfer of Oscar and £40 million for Carlos Tevez, anything is possible. Watch this space.