Given Everton’s substantial activity in the transfer market during the summer, it can be understood why one might assume they have been splashing the cash. A known £93.6 million has been spent on three of their five recruits so far this transfer window, including substantial fees for Ajax’s Davy Klaasen (£23.6 million), Sunderland’s Jordan Pickford (£30 million), and Burnley’s Michael Keane (£30 million).
That does not even take into account the undisclosed fees which brought forward Sandro Ramirez to the club from Málaga, and sealed former talisman Wayne Rooney’s return to Merseyside from Old Trafford, 13 years after heading the opposite way.
However, Everton boss Ronald Koeman has done much to balance the books.
Gerard Deulofeu is one to have sealed a switch away from Goodison Park, returning to his native Barcelona, whilst Aiden McGeady and, more notably, leading scorer Romelu Lukaku have both moved to pastures new for undisclosed fees, the latter believed to be in the region of £95 million, including add ons, according to the Liverpool Echo, following an initial £75 million fee, as reported by BBC Sport.
With this of course calling net spend into question, Koeman himself has lashed out at perceptions in the media that Everton have splashed the cash this summer, as well as hinting that his summer shopping may yet be incomplete.
With European football once again back on the blue half of Liverpool, expectations are rising once again and Koeman has emphasised just how important it is that he fill out the positions where reinforcements are required so that his side are in the best possible shape ahead of the new season.
A centre-back and left-sided defender are still thought to be on his wish-list, and not to be forgotten is that this comes amidst the ongoing transfer saga surrounding the club’s £50 million bid for Swansea City star Gylfi Sigurdsson.
“Both positions (midfielder and striker) we need and also the left centre back and full back cover”, Koeman told the Liverpool Echo.
“That’s three positions we’re looking for and one is not more important than the other to give some fuel for all these high expectations. I heard every time that ‘Everton is spending £100 million, £100 million, £100 million’ but I saw the list and I think we’re 16th in the League for spending and we got £95 million for Lukaku. We’ve only spent £7 million. It’s a different picture than the media is talking.”
When quizzed on Sigurdsson, Koeman claimed that a deal is close to being completed but is yet to be finalised.
“It is close but we have to wait. I haven’t had any call yet. That means that nothing is done.”
Meanwhile, the Toffees are set to miss out on Borussia Dortmund’s Danish-born Turkey international Emre Mor, with reports from Italian outlet Gazzetta Dello Sport claiming that Inter Milan have pipped both Everton and Liverpool to his signature.
The 20-year-old is highly thought of at Signal Iduna Park, despite having a modest 12 appearances and one goal to his name, but it seems that the Bundesliga giants are prepared to allow the youngster to move on, with the report claiming that he is expected at the San Siro to put pen to paper within the next 48 hours.