Everton caught many people by surprise recently when they snapped up their first signing of the summer in the form of talented defender Niels Nkounkou.
The left-back arrived from Marseille after his contract at the club expired and will immediately go into David Unsworth’s under-23 side, although is also expected to challenge for the first-team.
It was a deal that seemingly came out of the blue and Everton fans are excited about his potential.
Now, it has been revealed just how much Everton had to pay for the player.
Whilst he was at the end of his contract with Marseille the French talent’s youth means Everton are still required to pay a training fee to the Ligue 1 side. However, unlike domestic transfers of this manner, it is a relatively small sum.
According to La Provence journalist Jeremy Tordiman, Everton have had to pay a fee of just €270,000 (£240k) for the player. Everton will no doubt be hoping that ends up being an absolute bargain.
“I think that Nkounkou is a young talent, a left back with a lot of skills and quality.
“We are sure by signing him that he will be ready for the first team. I don’t know how long it will take because he’s really young.
“We are working on him and I think soon he will be ready for the first team.”
Carlo Ancelotti, speaking to the Liverpool Echo recently, made it clear that he hopes Nkounkou will be ready for the first-team ‘soon’ and with Leighton Baines creeping ever nearer to a Goodison exit, it could be Nkounkou is the perfect replacement back-up for Lucas Digne at left-back.