Everton have been the most active of all the clubs in the Premier League in the transfer window heading into the start of the 2017/18 campaign, as they have already spent a reported £90 million on the signings of Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen, Henry Onyekuru and Jordan Pickford, while Sandro Ramirez and Wayne Rooney have also joined the club on undisclosed fees.
Despite making numerous additions to their squad over the last few weeks, the club’s activity this summer may not be over just yet as they have also been linked with Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson and Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud.
Given their signings, Everton have been trimmed into 89/1 in the online football betting on Premier League the best market in the World. Although they have six clubs ahead of them in the outright market for the title next season, Leicester proved anything is possible in the 2015/16 campaign as they were as big as 5000/1 to win the title before they pulled off one of the biggest surprises in the history of top-flight football anywhere in the world.
In order to ensure the club does not break any Financial Fair Play Rulings, the Toffees are set to cash in on one of their star assets, Romelu Lukaku, who is expected to complete a £100 million move to Manchester United at some point over the next couple of weeks. If the deal goes through, the Merseyside club will be safely inside their cap as the FFP states that a club can only spend £3.9 million more than their income for the financial year.
Manchester City have fallen victim of the Financial Fair Play ruling before so Everton will be keen to complete the sale of Lukaku; otherwise, sanctions could be applied in the future. City were fined £49 million and could only name a 21-man squad in the Champions League for the 2014-15 campaign. Clubs who break the rule could also face a transfer embargo; therefore, it has to be taken seriously or else it could affect the future of the football club.
Everton fans will be hoping the money spent this summer will help the club at least close the gap on the top six clubs in England. The signing of Jordan Pickford was their first big move as they completed the transfer of the Sunderland ‘keeper before he travelled with the England under-21s for the European Championships during the summer. A number of Premier League clubs, including Newcastle and Tottenham, were thought to be interested in the English shot-stopper, who has been tipped to be an England number one in the near future; therefore, it was a real coup for Toffees boss Ronald Koeman.
New signee and former Burnley defender Michael Keane is another young English player who had been linked with all the top clubs in England before signing for Everton. Keane has recently broken into the England squad and has a wealth of experience in the Premier League under his belt already.
Arguably the signing which will please Everton fans the most, though, is the return of Wayne Rooney to the club. The childhood blue left Goodison Park in 2004 and spent 13 years with Manchester United, where he won a number of the biggest trophies in club football. Rooney is at the back end of his career now but Everton fans will be hoping he can still produce some of his best football.
Everton begin their 2017/18 Premier League campaign against Stoke on August 12 at Goodison Park. They then travel to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City before a trip to Stamford Bridge to meet defending champions Chelsea in what is a tough start to their season.