Everton are going all out to show they mean business this summer.
Just hours after completing a club-record £30m deal to sign Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, the Toffees are set to bolster their attacking options in the coming days.
Multiple sources have claimed that both Davy Klaassen and M’Baye Niang were at Finch Farm on Thursday undergoing medicals ahead of transfers totalling £42m to be completed this weekend.
Reports all week have suggested that Ronald Koeman’s side were in talks with Ajax to sign Klaassen, with a fee of £26m mooted between the two clubs. Late on Thursday night, the club confirmed that they have indeed made their second signing in 24 hours, with the fee confirmed at around £24m.
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With a deal for the 24-year-old now completed, speculation surrounding the future of Ross Barkley will only intensify – particularly while the the contract offer presented to him remains unsigned.
Niang, meanwhile, is set to move to Everton after rejecting a move to Watford. The former French under-21 international scored twice in eleven loan appearances at Vicarage Road and while the Hornets were eager to sign Niang permanently, the AC Milan forward rejected the move.
Pending a successful medical, he will complete a £16m move to Goodison Park.
While Everton’s sudden increase in spending is no doubt partly down to the increase in television revenue allowing Premier League clubs to spend more on players, a more cynical assessment of the situation would be that Koeman and the Everton board are spending money they expect to get back from the likely sale of Romelu Lukaku back to Chelsea.
In any event, the summer spending is unlikely to stop this weekend. A £5m deal for Malaga striker Sandro Ramirez is also thought to be in the works, while Everton have also been linked with moves for Gylfi Sigurdsson and Michael Keane as they look to push for a top-six finish, or even higher, next season.
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