Everton are under new guidance in the form of Marco Silva and their new boss has not been afraid to splash the cash in the market.
The Toffees have secured the services of Richarlison from Watford and Lucas Digne from Barcelona, with further arrivals on the cards in the final few days of the transfer window at Goodison Park.
Silva seems determined to bolster his defensive options before they kick-off the new Premier League campaign against newly-promoted Wolves on Saturday and there could also be some departures from the club’s attacking ranks.
Here, we have identified five deals that could be completed this week.
Yerry Mina: Barcelona
Not content with only landing Digne from the clutches of the LaLiga champions, Everton are also widely reported to be closing in on a deal to sign Colombia international Yerry Mina from Ernesto Valverde’s European giants.
Spanish outlet Sport states Mina has agreed a five-year contract with the Toffees and will cost £28.5m, just months after arriving in European football from South American side Palmeiras and enduring a tough time in Spain.
Mina caught the eye for his nation at the World Cup but featured just six times for Barcelona in the second half of last season.
Yannick Bolasie to leave
It is not clear entirely where Yannick Bolasie will be playing his football in 2018-19 but Everton are keen to ensure it is not at Goodison Park, with The Guardian stating they have informed the winger he is surplus to requirements.
The DR Congo international failed to redeem himself on Merseyside last season and has now fallen further down the pecking order following the capture of Richarlison from Watford, which leaves Bolasie way out of the first-team picture.
Turkish outlet Fanatik stated last month a deal taking the 29-year-old to Fenerbache but reports have since cooled.
Marcos Rojo: Manchester United
Another central defensive target for Marco Silva in the final days of the transfer window, Everton look set to continue their trend of capturing players who have struggled at the bigger Premier League sides by moving for Marcos Rojo.
The Telegraph stated Everton’s interest last week, although admitted the wage demands of the Argentina international could be a problem, but Manchester United’s continued pursuit of Leicester‘s Harry Maguire could get the ball moving in negotiations.
Capped 59 times by Argentina, the 28-year-old could end up forging a stellar partnership alongside Yerry Mina.
Ademola Lookman: RB Leipzig
Despite Everton’s firm stance that a deal taking Ademola Lookman away from Goodison Park this season will not happen, Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig continue to eye the player who impressed on loan in the Bundesliga last term.
The BBC quoted Leipzig as confirming their interest in a permanent deal for the 20-year-old last month, although Marco Silva made it clear to The Guardian in recent days that the club will not consider a sale. Still, with the Bundesliga window remaining open until the end of August, don’t expect this to be the last you hear on the matter.
“He is our player and he stays.”
Reece Oxford: West Ham
A different sort of defensive target for Everton, the Toffees are said to be eyeing a move for West Ham’s versatile youngster Reece Oxford following the 19-year-old’s frustrating few years with the Hammers, with a permanent exit now looming.
Sky Sports’ live blog (3/08, 12:36) states Everton are considering a late swoop for the 19-year-old worth around £3m in order to save him from his struggles at the London Stadium, although that valuation is unlikely to be accepted by the Hammers.
Since starring on his Premier League debut at the age of 16, Oxford has found first-team opportunities limited, spending time on loan with Reading and Borussia Monchengladbach.