Everton have signed goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and attacking midfielder Davy Klaassen, but the club hope more top-quality players will follow them to Merseyside in the coming weeks.
Everton are in the midst of a spending spree this summer transfer window and the club have already spent £54 million on new recruits.
Jordan Pickford arrives from Sunderland on a five-year contract, and his deal will cost Everton an initial £25m with a further £5m in add-ons due to the Black Cats. The transfer makes Pickford the most expensive British goalkeeper of all-time. Pickford had a nightmare season with Sunderland despite his excellent individual performances. Sunderland were relegated at the end of the 2016-17 season, and due to relegation, the team have now sold two of their top players in Pickford and Jermain Defoe.
In his first professional season, Pickford record four clean sheets during the season and five wins as Sunderland’s No. 1.
Everton have also signed Ajax captain and attacking midfielder Davy Klaassen after being linked with the young playmaker. The Dutch midfielder arrives on a five-year contract costing the club £23.6m. Klaassen is expected to take the place of midfielder Ross Barkley, who has failed to sign a new contract. Everton have told Barkley he will be sold this summer, if he doesn’t put pen to paper on a new deal.
More on the way
While Everton have already splashed the cash this summer transfer window, the club are expected to make more signings. The Toffees are reportedly speaking with Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson about moving to Merseyside.
The club’s spending won’t end with Sigurdsson, if they can secure his signature, as Everton are also chasing AC Milan forward M’Baye Niang. Frenchman was on loan at Watford in the second half of last season, and scored two goals in 11 matches. Niang is also being tracked by Arsenal, and has been told he has no future back in Italy with Milan.
Everton have been helped by the investment of Farhad Moshiri. The Iranian-born businessman bought just a little less than 50% of the club in 2016. His new investment is expected to help increase the Toffees’ ability to challenge the top four in 2017-18.