If you were initially left perplexed by Everton’s transfer business in the window, then you can forget about criticising them for now.
That’s because the Toffees have taken seven points from nine available in the first three games of the season, despite spending just £1.7m in the market.
That being said, the end to the ongoing window could be a bizarre state of affairs for the Merseyside outfit.
Rafa Benitez is still intent on concluding some business, with Luis Diaz potentially arriving from Porto in a swap deal with James Rodriguez.
That deal is certainly a cunning one, but a prospective move which fails to make much sense is Salomon Rondon. Everton have been interested in the powerful Venezuelan forward for a while now but they have actually opened negotiations just a few days before the deadline.
That’s according to Alan Myers, who delivered the following seven-word update via Twitter on Sunday evening: “Everton in talks to sign Salomon Rondon.”
Benitez knows Rondon incredibly well from his time at Newcastle United. In fact, the striker was one of the most swashbuckling attackers in the Premier League. If he had more goals in him, he’d be incredibly difficult for defenders to handle.
In total, the Venezuela international racked up 26 goals in 61 appearances under the Spaniard, but the way in which Everton could sign Rondon in the coming hours should leave supporters aghast.
That’s because he’d be replacing Moise Kean in the squad. The Italian’s days have been numbered at Goodison Park for months now and he appears to be on the cusp of re-joining Juventus.
He was in red hot form for PSG last season, however, scoring against Barcelona in the Champions League on his way to netting 17 goals for the club in all competitions.
On that evidence, it’s tricky to suggest that he’s not up to the standard to play for Everton. Combine that with the fact that Kean is only 21 and it makes the decision to axe him even more peculiar.
Bringing in a young player as his successor would be smart work but Rondon is a strange replacement. For starters, he is now 31 years of age, and secondly he is set to command a pretty hefty salary judging by his £8m-per-year (£154k-per-week) wages in China.
Kean is a talented individual who possesses immense potential but the former Newcastle forward is at the opposite end of his career.
He might well offer valuable back-up but this whole sequence of events should leave Everton fans angry at the club’s transfer plans.