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Rafa Benitez ready to ‘Sacrifice’ Everton star player in January – report

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Rafa Benitez considering surprise loan swap deal with Inter

According to The Telegraph, Rafa Benitez is ready to sell Lucas Digne in the January transfer window in order to increase Everton’s recruitment budget.

According to the newspaper, Digne, 28, is getting interests from all around Europe, and while Premier League clubs are also looking for a left-back, only Inter Milan and Napoli have expressed an interest in the France international.

Digne is said to have had a falling out with Rafa Benitez, and due to financial restrictions at Goodison Park, it’s becoming increasingly probable that the Blues manager would “sacrifice” the left-back next month in order to raise finances.

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Digne is said to have had a falling out with Benitez, and due to financial restrictions at Goodison Park, it’s becoming increasingly probable that the Blues manager would “sacrifice” the left-back next month in order to raise finances.

Digne would be one of the players we wouldn’t want to see depart Goodison Park in January if we had to pick just a few.

Rafa Benitez ready to 'Sacrifice' Everton star player in January - report
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Last season, the attack-minded left-back forged up a fantastic partnership with Dominic Calvert-Lewin, but injuries to both players have hampered Everton’s progress in 2021.

Before leaving for Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti oversaw a massive drop in our Premier League standings, whereas Rafa Benitez’s arrival split the fanbase and has since caused widespread outrage due to the team’s poor form under his leadership.

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The Digne issue is yet another blemish on Benitez’s record since he has struggled to win over many supporters and has already lost the backing of the majority of those who were initially supportive of his selection.

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Everton senior board members fume as Farhad Moshiri talks with Vitor Pereira in Monaco

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Everton senior board members fume as Farhad Moshiri talks with Vitor Pereira in Monaco
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According to the Daily Star, senior Everton officials are furious with Farhad Moshiri over his weekend meetings with Vitor Pereira.

Moshiri met with the contender for talks in Monaco, according to the newspaper’s print copy (25/01).

Given how disastrous the move to appoint Rafa Benitez was, board members at Goodison Park are thought to have strong opposition.

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“Board and on the senior executive, especially given the disastrous appointment of Rafa Benitez,” the piece concluded.

Moshiri appeared to be going in headfirst and making the decision without engaging anyone.

This just goes to show that, while he may be a terrific businessman, his football brain is still lagging behind and causing serious problems at Goodison Park.

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The owner is in desperate need of advice because some of his recent actions have been comical.

The fans are grateful to those senior board members who opted to stand up and be counted on this occasion, preventing a catastrophe.

Pereira may have won awards during his career, but he did so in nations like China, Greece, and Portugal, where it is expected.

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Hopefully, Moshiri will listen to his board members more often, and they will assist him in making the best decision possible to move the Toffees ahead rather than backward.

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Ferguson drops Benitez favourite, Gordon starts

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Ferguson drops Benitez favourite, Gordon starts

After the firing of Rafa Benitez last week, Everton are about to enter yet another new chapter.

The Spaniard has left, and Duncan Ferguson, an Everton icon, has taken his position, at least temporarily.

The Scot is back in control of the Toffees as an interim manager, and he’ll be looking for a repeat of his success from last season.

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Ferguson was put in charge on an interim basis when Marco Silva was fired, and it’s fair to say he performed an excellent job, famously defeating Chelsea in a 3-1 victory at Goodison Park.

Ferguson is expected to remain with the 4-4-2 formation, but he may make a few adjustments.

The back four is the same as the one that lost to Norwich. There are some who argue that Seamus Coleman should be replaced given his recent poor performances, but he is the club captain, and Ferguson will almost certainly want him to be his on-field captain.

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The midfield is also unchanged, but don’t be surprised if Andros Townsend is called upon at some time.

After working with Salomon Rondon at both Newcastle and Dalian Yifang, Rafa Benitez was instrumental in getting him to the club, but we expect him to be benched in favor of Richarlison here.

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Everton turn noses up at manager after talks held this week-report

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Everton senior board members fume as Farhad Moshiri talks with Vitor Pereira in Monaco

Even in the muddy waters and urgent need for Rafa Benitez’s replacement, Everton seem keen on certain qualifications and won’t settle for less.

According to The Telegraph, Everton’s final list of three for the new manager included former Juventus centre-back Fabio Cannavaro, but the Liverpool Echo differs, clarifying that the Italian is currently not a prospect.

The report suggests that the 48-year old is “not good enough” to succeed Rafa Benitez, revealing that the Toffees are instead still hanging on to the likes of Rooney and Lampard, among other big names.

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Cannavaro, who coached Guangzhou and other Asian clubs, has no Premier League experience and could have perhaps raised eyebrows if he was chosen over the other names. The current interim manager, Ferguson, reportedly wants a longer contract and could take over as the new boss.

The fact that Fabio was wanted by Poland (though he declined the offer) as their national team coach, speaks volumes about his capability. However, Everton seem convinced that others, especially Rooney, will do a greater job at Goodison Park, as the Toffees have distanced themselves from any more talks with the Italian, according to reports.

The Liverpool-based side is still in talks with various interests, though, and before everything is on paper, anyone with the needed expertise and profile is still very much in the race.

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