Another week dominated by the John Stones saga, thankfully it looks like this one is going to play out in Everton’s favour.
MONDAY 24th August 2015
The u21s were back in action this time away at Leicester City. Everton looked to on the way to a much needed victory after Conor Grant scored a fabulous goal to put Everton in front but the Foxes hit back with a late equaliser to deny David Unsworth’s team all three points.
TUESDAY 25th August 2015
The big news is that John Stones has reportedly handed in a transfer request as he pushes for a move to Chelsea. Up until now Everton have remained steadfast in their determination to keep hold of Stones and it will be interesting to see if the Blues remain strong in the knowledge that the former Barnsley man still has four years to run on his existing agreement.
Earlier in the day Roberto Martinez spoke to the press on the eve of the Capital One cup tie but had very little to add on Everton’s transfer plans. Funes Mori remains close but Everton need to secure a work permit before the Argentinian can join. Uruguayan striker Leandro Rodriguez is another which appears close to completion, a deal which is less complicated due to his dual Italian nationality. Rodriguez is likely to spend the next few months with the u21 squad and may not be one of the three signings Martinez hopes to complete before the window closes.
WEDNESDAY 26th August 2015
Another day dominated by the John Stones saga. Before we get on to that again, Everton were in action today winning 5-3 after extra time to defeat a spirited Barnsley team in the second round of the Capital One Cup. After falling 2-0 and 3-2 behind, the Blues eventually emerged 5-3 winners with an own goal added to by Lukaku (2), Mirallas and Naismith.
After the match Roberto Martinez spoke to confirm that John Stones will remain an Everton player despite persistent interest from Chelsea and the player himself submitting a transfer request.
“John is a massive part of that (Everton becoming better) and we’ve got a clear idea that in life and in football money can sometimes not buy everything. This is about values and John is a vital part of our future.”
When asked if Stones is for sale, Martinez said “Not at all.”
THURSDAY 27th August 2015
With just 5 days left before the transfer window shuts Everton remain in-active. I am sure the club are working frantically behind the scenes but time is ticking if the Blues are to strengthen the squad with the three quality players we badly need.
The media are loving the John Stones saga but Everton chairman Bill Kenwright has today issued a statement confirming that the club have rejected the transfer request from Stones and have no intention of selling one of the clubs prized assets. The statement breaks at the same time as rumours of a further bid from Chelsea, this time a British record for a defender £37m, is rejected by the Blues.
FRIDAY 28th August 2015
Deal complete, Leandro Rodriguez is an Everton player. The 22 year old has completed a £500,000 move from River Plate Montevideo and will provide cover for Romelu Lukaku and Arouna Kone as he tries to prove himself in the Premier League. The Uruguayan certainly has an eye for goal and Martinez is very positive about his new recruit.
“Leandro Rodriguez is a young striker with a real knack of scoring goals.
“But he’s much more than that, too. His contribution is a lot more than that and hopefully we can provide a path where he can develop and enjoy his football. If he can do that, clearly that’s going to bring goals to the first team.”
Everton still hope to complete the signing of defender Funes Mori, with just international clearance holding up the deal and Martinez remains on the hunt for a creative player to make a real difference in the forward positions, however with the deadline closing on Tuesday the Blues are quickly running out of time to complete a deal.
SATURDAY 29th August 2015
Match day and focus returns to the pitch as Everton travel to take on Spurs. In truth it is a game low on quality with Everton still recovering from the 120 minutes played in midweek and Spurs a little low on confidence. Almost inevitably the match finishes 0-0 although Everton have Tim Howard to thank as the American makes several saves to keep the Blues in the match.
On the transfer front focus shifts from John Stones to Seamus Coleman with PSG and Bayern Munich rumoured to be interested in signing the former Sligo Rovers full back. A couple of media outlets have gone as far as suggesting Everton have turned down a £20m bid from PSG for the player. The press really won’t leave us alone will they!!!
SUNDAY 30th August 2015
A surprisingly quiet day, especially considering we are under 48 hours before the transfer window closes. Still no word official word on Funes Mori…he has signed hasn’t he???