Everton transfer news: CSKA Moscow sign Toffees flop Nikola Vlasic on permanent basis after loan spell

19 Jun

CSKA Moscow have signed Nikola Vlasic on a five-year deal from Everton.

The Toffees flop scored eight goals and registered seven assists in a successful loan spell with the Russian giants last season.

Nikola Vlasic has been a hit since moving to Russia last summer
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Vlasic joined Everton for £10million from Croatian club Hajduk Split in 2017, but struggled to hold down a regular first-team place under former Goodison Park bosses Ronald Koeman and Sam Allardyce.

The midfielder managed just seven Premier League starts in 2017/18 before being shipped out on loan by current manager Marco Silva.

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And after rediscovering his form in Russia, which saw him score in a shock 1-0 win over Real Madrid last October, CSKA announced the permanent signing of Vlasic on Wednesday.

The club tweeted: “#CSKA and @Everton have agreed the transfer of Nikola Vlasic! Croatian midfielder has signed 5-year contract with Red-Blues.”

Everton are yet to officially confirm the 21-year-old’s departure.

Vlasic is currently away with Croatia’s Under-21 team at Euro 2019 and scored in their opening group stage defeat by Romania on Tuesday.

Earlier this week, Croatia assistant manager Ivica Olic revealed Vlasic did not want to return to Everton this summer.

He said: “Nikola told me that he wants to stay at CSKA if he has the chance.

“He is very happy how things are going in Russia for him, he loves life there.

“I think he would like to stay in Russia for one or two years.

“His performances in Russia also caught the attention of national team coach Zlatko Dalic and those performances have played a big role for his national team career.”

Ajax 2-3 Tottenham: Lucas Moura joins Cristiano Ronaldo in illustrious group of players to achieve extraordinary Champions League feat, which Lionel Messi hasn’t

9 May

Tottenham Hotspur reached the Champions League final in extraordinary circumstances on Wednesday evening as Lucas Moura netted a last-gasp goal to complete his hat-trick and stun Ajax at the Johan Cruyff Arena.

Spurs seemed dead and buried at half-time as they trailed 2-0 on the night and 3-0 on aggregate after goals from Matthijs De Ligt and Hakim Ziyech.

Tottenham stunned Ajax to reach the Champions League final

Fortunately for the north Londoners, Moura had other ideas and his late goal in the dying embers of the match sealed a historic win for the club, leaving Mauricio Pochettino in floods of tears on the pitch.

The Brazilian was a man possessed and he became just the fifth player to score a hat-trick in a semi-final tie in the competition’s history, with four of them coming in this decade.

But who are the players to have done it? Find out below…


Alessandro Del Piero

The Juventus legend bagged a hat-trick against Monaco in the semi-final in 1998 and remarkably all three goals came from dead-ball situations.

Del Piero netted the first hat-trick scored in a UCL semi-final

He thundered a 25 yard free kick into the net before rifling home two unstoppable penalties to send his side to the final, with Zinedine Zidane adding a fourth to make the return leg a formality.

Ivica Olic

The Croatian netted a stunning hat-trick for Bayern Munich against Lyon in 2010 – a match he has described as the best of his life.

Two superb finishes and a lovely guided header sent Louis van Gaal’s men to the final, where they would eventually be defeated by Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan.

Robert Lewandowski

Liverpool’s 4-0 thrashing of Barcelona in midweek is not the first time a Jurgen Klopp team has dismantled a Spanish giant.

Lewandowski netted four goals against Real Madrid to send Dortmund to the final

Klopp’s Dortmund stunned Real Madrid 4-1 in 2010 thanks to four goals from Robert Lewandowski.

However, Die Borussen would eventually lose to old foes Bayern in the final.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo not only has the most goals in the competition’s history but he also has the joint-most hat-tricks alongside Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo scored a stunning hat-trick against Atletico in 2017

He has haunted Atletico Madrid consistently with his goals in recent years and this was the same for Real Madrid in 2017, where he scored a brilliant hat-trick at the Bernebeu.