I started writing out a big post about why everything points to RB not signing for us and, by extension, chelski instead. But then i realised their manager is big Sam! Since he’s no stranger to the brown paper envelope, we should pay him to convince RB that he will play him regardless of what the Everton board think. I mean, would Everton really be petty enough that that they would sack another manager in the same season for giving game time to a player who mugged them off? Original post (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Original post (open) Original post (close) The World Cup year has ruined everything, can’t really blame him for wanting to showcase himself in whatever gametime he can get so he’s on the plane. Every footballing kid has dreamt of going to it, and even more so when it only comes around every 4 years. Everton top level management have been spiteful so far (which they are entitled to do, we’d do the same) and they have no incentive to let him play out his final 6 months with guaranteed game time. It’s uncertain whether him playing after such a long lay-off could affect their chances of climbing up the table to rake in more money. On the contrary, if he is played; him being off the pace or to eager to impress could cost them points. It’s clear that he won’t be staying beyond his contract. It really doesn’t make sense for them to play him. A reasonable person would dispose of their ‘onerous lease’ asap, but football is not reasonable. The cost of keeping him and his wages on the books for 6 more months is a small price to pay for Everton to show their players and other clubs that they will not be be held to ransom. Only an offer too good to refuse is worth conceding the matter of principle outlined above. We aren’t going to make that offer. DL, as a businessman, would be stupid to make an offer of £20m for what he can get ‘free’ in a few months time. The only thing that could convince him is it’s impact on his relationship with Poch. From our itk insight of DL, he has history for messing his managers about... Chelski have the money and motivation to screw us over (fuck them), let alone the fact that they would still be an attractive option for RB and seemingly do genuinely want him. If it comes to a bidding contest where we offer £5m and chelski offer £10m but RB refuses to sign for them, Everton are definitely spiteful enough to hang on until the last day of the window for us to make the same bid. If we don’t, RB either loses major footing in negotiating his Chelski contract or stays to rot for 6 months and doesn’t go to Russia. It will all be in vain for him anyways, because England won’t be winning major trophies under Southgate anytime soon, let along the forthcoming World Cup. He may come good under the system at Conte’s chelski, but that’s provided they don’t take another ride on the manage merry go round.