Gylfi Sigurdsson has completed his £45 million move from Swansea to Everton – a deal that adds to what has been a very busy summer for the Toffees in terms of recruitment.
Here’s a look at the significant signings manager Ronald Koeman has already brought in to reshape his squad since the end of last season.
Pickford joined from Sunderland in June for for an initial £25 million which could rise to £30 million with add-ons, a record fee for a British goalkeeper.
Koeman will hope the 23-year-old solves the problem of inconsistent goalkeeping which dogged the Toffees last term.
Koeman needed to freshen up an ageing defence and 24-year-old England centre-back Keane, signed from Burnley for a fee which could also rise to £30 million, was identified as the long-term leader at the back, with Ashley Williams and club captain Phil Jagielka turning 33 and 35 respectively in August.
Another boost for Everton in terms of defensive options. Martina had been signed by Koeman for Southampton in 2015 and the Curacao right-back reunited with his old boss this summer following the expiry of his contract with the Saints.
The Holland midfielder, previously Ajax captain, was brought in for £23.5million to provide more creativity and goals from midfield, being touted as a replacement for Ross Barkley, whose future at Everton remains in doubt.
The former Barcelona striker was signed from Malaga after Everton triggered his release clause in July.
Fourteen goals in LaLiga last season indicates he should add more firepower to a side who were heavily reliant on the now-departed Romelu Lukaku.
Rooney made an emotional return to his boyhood club in July, rejoining from Manchester United for an undisclosed fee 13 years after going the other way.
There will be great interest in how the 31-year-old, United and England’s record goalscorer, fares back at his old side – and scoring the winner on Saturday in his first Premier League match since the move certainly made for a good start.
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The Liverpool midfielder is ready to go on strike to force through a move to Barcelona, according to Mundo Deportivo. Coutinho has not featured in either of Liverpool’s opening two games of the season, and handed in a transfer request last week.
Liverpool rejected that transfer request and continue to insist that the Brazilian is not for sale, but Coutinho seems determined to make this transfer happen.
SPORT360 VERDICT: Club and player seem to be engaged in a game of cat-and-mouse at the moment, but Liverpool have the upper hand. Coutinho signed a contract extension earlier this season so the club are under no pressure to sell.
Although the report suggests that the Brazilian is willing to put his national team spot in jeopardy by going on strike, given that this is a World Cup year, that’s not likely. Ultimately, if Coutinho does in fact go on strike, Liverpool can simply hold out until the transfer window ends and then bring the player back into the fold.
The Arsenal defender is wanted by Marseille, L’Equipe claims. Debuchy has not been in Arsene Wenger’s first-team plans for quite a while but has failed to secure a move away since a short loan spell to Bordeaux at the end of the 2015-16 season, largely due to his wage demands.
However, Marseille are looking for reinforcements at right-back and could turn to the Frenchman.
SPORT360 VERDICT: Sometimes it’s almost easy to forget that Debuchy is still an Arsenal player, so long has it been since he’s been among the club’s regulars. Permanent transfers away from the club have fallen through, but Marseille should have the cash to present an acceptable contract offer to the Frenchman.
And Wenger will likely be more than happy to finally offload a player who, while largely being a model professional despite not getting playing time, has been unwanted at Arsenal for a long time.
Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk won’t be allowed to leave St Mary’s in the current transfer window, the Premier League club’s chairman Ralph Krueger said on Wednesday.
Van Dijk is a target for Chelsea and Liverpool and the Dutch centre-back handed in a transfer request last week in a bid to engineer a move before the window shuts at the end of August.
Southampton had already asked the Premier League to investigate an alleged illegal approach from Liverpool in June, leading the Reds to publicly drop their interest in the 26-year-old.
But the Holland international remains keen to leave and has been training away from the rest of the Southampton first team squad as he tries to force through a transfer.
Krueger is determined to ensure Southampton aren’t damaged by the saga and made it clear Van Dijk would not be allowed to dictate his future to the club.
“Virgil is not for sale in this window and it’s not personal,” Krueger said. “It’s not about him, it’s about an overall much bigger picture, a change of course for Southampton.
“The first summer I was here five players went out and six went in, not counting academy. “Second summer three went out, seven came in, and third summer five went out, five came in.
“Now it is one out and two in, and this is who we want to become.
“We want to mature, we want to be a team that can profit from synergies that create a much more attractive football and a better product for the fans, and gives us a chance to get back into Europe.
“That’s one player in this whole equation of 25 and it is the visible one, but for us it’s the principle and it’s the path and it’s the statement we need to make to get to a new space as a club.”