What The Papers Say – 23 February

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Tuesday’s Daily Star features an article suggesting Carlo Ancelotti “will be significantly backed financially” in the summer transfer window.

It is said Farhad Moshiri is “apparently planning a huge spending spree”, with the Club’s majority shareholder reportedly ready “to oversee a £100m squad overhaul”.

The paper indicates, however, that Everton’s first move will be for Lucas Vazquez, the 29-year-old Spain international winger who will be a free agent when his Real Madrid contract expires at the end of 2020/21.

The Daily Express is among a number of publications picking up on Rio Ferdinand’s revelation that he advised former club Manchester United to move for Ben Godfrey before the defender switched to Everton.

Godfrey joined from Norwich City back in October and has been outstanding in various positions for Ancelotti’s team.

Former England centre-back Ferdinand, who won six Premier League titles and one Champions League in 12 years at Old Trafford, said: “Anyone had a chance to sign him because Norwich were going to let him go.

"Listen, I told you before I'd spoken to various people at different clubs, United being one of them as well.

"They could've had Ben when he was about 12 or 15 mil, when he just went to Norwich. He’d been there about half a season or a season.

"But listen, there’s so many players we could look at and say, they were missed at that point and they had to pay more.”

Michael Ball notes Duncan Ferguson's enduring influence on Everton in Tuesday’s Liverpool Echo.

“Duncan makes Everton tick,” writes former Everton full-back Ball in his column for the paper.

“He proved that when he stepped up and become caretaker manager last season. He gave us the belief and passion we want. He brought it back.”

Ball adds his thoughts on Tom Davies, observing the midfielder “has been exceptional over the past few weeks” and claiming Davies’ pass to Richarlison in the lead up to Everton’s second Merseyside derby goal on Saturday “needs to be spoken about more… it was so underrated”.

ABC Sevilla in Spain reckons goalkeeper Rui Silva, who had been linked with a transfer to Everton when the Portuguese’s contract with Granada finishes at the end of this season, will agree terms with La Liga rivals Real Betis.

The Daily Mail features quotes from Jamie Carragher, who praised manager Ancelotti’s skilful handing of Everton’s visit to Anfield at the weekend.

Carragher, the former Liverpool defender, claims Ancelotti didn’t allow emotion to cloud his thinking over derby selection after the Italian left fit-again duo Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Allan on the bench.

“What we see is Ancelotti is a manager who likes to play from the back, but tactically against Liverpool don't do it,” continued Carragher.

“You're going to cause yourself a problem. That for me, is a great manager. Spot on, don't play into opposition’s strength.

“Then you go to Calvert-Lewin [a second-half substitute]. I thought he only comes on if Everton are losing but he brings him on at 1-0 and that won them the game, keeping two attacking players on the pitch. Richarlison and him. “

Returning to the Echo, there is news on Everton’s proposed new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock.

The paper confirms Everton’s planning application will be considered at a meeting of Liverpool City Council on Tuesday.

Should the local authority give the project the green light, it will be passed to Government for final approval.