Martinez continues Wigan reunion at Everton

The Wigan reunion continues at Goodison park as new manager Roberto Matinez has confirmed the signings of Antolin Alcaraz and Joel Robles.  Alcaraz links up with his former boss on a free transfer while goalkeeper Robles has signed for an undisclosed fee.

Alcaraz is able to sign for nothing due to his contract having run out at Wigan and he has agreed a two year deal with Everton.  Robles spent last season on loan at the DW Stadium but essentially signs from Atletico Madrid; on a five year contract.

The pair join Arouna Kone on Merseyside, but the triumvirate might not be the end of the Wigan related signings with Republic of Ireland international James McCarthy also linked with a move to Everton, along with other top flight clubs.

Robles move was confirmed on Atletico’s official website, stating:  “Atletico Madrid and Everton have reached an agreement for the transfer of Joel Robles to the English club.  The goalkeeper, who ended last season playing on loan at Wigan, will compete in the Premier League following the agreement reached between the three parties. In our club we wish him luck in this new stage of his career.”

A statement was also released on Everton’s website which read: “Everton have completed the signing of talented goalkeeper Joel Robles.  The 23-year-old glovesman arrives at Goodison Park from Atletico Madrid on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee.”

Everton’s website also confirmed the signing of 30 year old Paruagayan international Alcaraz, announcing his arrival on a two year contract.

Alcaraz made his name during a successful spell at Portuguese side Biera-Mar between 2003 and 2007.  The ball playing centre back caught the eye of Belgian side Club Brugge, officially signing in July 2007.  He went on to make 68 appearances for the side, scoring on 5 occasions.

He then signed for Wigan in 2010 for an undisclosed fee, helping the side to consolidate their top flight status until this season when the club were relegated only days after a dramatic FA cup final win against Manchester City.

Robles spent the majority of his Youth career aswell as his formative professional years with Atletico Madrid.  His appearances for La Liga side were limited however and he went on loan to Rayo Vallecano in 2012 before his loan move to Wigan Athletic.  He will serve as understudy to Everton first choice keeper Tim Howard; but is seen by many as a long term replacement for the American international.


Brian is a sports journalist with over 5 years experience of writing on all things soccer. Resides in Dublin, Ireland.