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Everton 'want Perisic'

Ivan Perisic of Bayern Munich (Image: Diangana)

Everton and Leicester City are interested in signing Ivan Perisic from Internazionale, according to a report.

Sports Lens cites Fussball Transfers as claiming that the Blues and their Premier League rivals "have made contact regarding signing the 31-year-old winger, who spent the 2019-20 campaign on loan at Bayern Munich ."

Liverpool-bound Jota 'loved to watch Everton play'

Diogo Jota of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Premier League match against Everton (Image: Sam Bagnall - AMA/Getty Images)

At £45million, Diogo Jota is poised to become the fourth most-expensive player in Liverpool history but it turns out that the Wolves winger was once a great admirer of Everton.

HITC have cited an interview from the Guardian in April this year in which the Portuguese player lifts the lid on his affection for the Blues growing up.

Jota declared:

“I loved to watch Everton play, especially when they were playing at home.

“It was not a club that fought for the title but that always made life very complicated for the big teams. And I loved that drive and competitiveness. They were relentless.”

DCL determined to answer Ancelotti's call to be more clinical

Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the winner against Tottenham

Having already headed in his first goal of the season at Tottenham to provide Everton with their first away win over 'big six' opposition since the 1-0 victory over David Moyes' Manchester United in December 2013, Dominic Calvert-Lewin says he is determined to answer Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti's call for him to be more clinical.

He told the club's website:

“It was a perfect start for the team and for me personally and it is something I want to build momentum from.

“I want to be more clinical in the box and score from every chance I have.

“It doesn’t always happen that way but it is important I continue to demand high standards from myself every day.

“I have the gaffer to ensure I do that and it will help me on the pitch.

“[The way to become more clinical is] every day, no matter where the chance is, or what you are doing in training, if you have an opportunity to hit the back of the net, hit the back of the net.

“And concentrate.

“Don’t ever lower your standards.

“Always keep your standards high and never get sick of hitting the back of the net – that has been the biggest thing for me.”

Richarlison on James understanding

The Everton team celebrate their goal against Tottenham (Image: Getty Images)

Richarlison has spoken about the on-the-field understanding he already feels with Everton new boy James Rodriguez.

Sport Witness cite the Brazilian as telling Gol Caracol:

“The arrival of James was very important. When I found out he was coming I was very happy because the team needed a player with James’ qualities, that’s always good and I think he will help us a lot this season.

“In the first game, he showed all the quality of the player that he is, as well as the other signings, so he has everything to make a very good season and help us a lot.

“We already see the qualities of him. We try to talk a lot on the pitch, he and I already understand each other very well I already know where he’s going to send the pass, where I have to go.

“I think the team is a team and we all try to help each other. But I think the last pass should be from James because he’s a player who has a very good pass and vision of the game.

"So I think that the team also has to play for him, because he’s the player who goes forward and places the players in scoring opportunities.

"The midfielders have to give the ball to James because he has a very good last pass and of course he’ll know what to do with the ball at his feet.”

Ancelotti jokes Liverpool signing Thiago 'breaks my heart'

Carlo Ancelotti and Thiago Alcantara together at Bayern Munich (Image: CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP via Getty Images)

On what was a hectic day of transfer activity at Anfield, even Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti across Stanley Park had something to say on the matter.

The Blues boss joked that seeing his former Bayern Munich player join the Reds "breaks my heart" and told the midfielder he has chosen the wrong team on Merseyside!

Asked about the transfer, the Italian said:

"Breaks my heart, breaks my heart.

"Thiago is a friend. He is a fantastic player, a fantastic midfielder. I had the luck in my career to train top, top players and Thiago is one of them.

"The only good thing about this signing is that he is a neighbour and that’s it. I think he chose the wrong team.

"He could choose the blue team, not the red team. I am joking. He is a fantastic player and my friend, Jurgen, will be happy. "

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