It is not every day that those associated with Liverpool give credit to their Merseyside enemies Everton, but on this occasion former striker Robbie Fowler has praised the Toffees for their transfer business.
Ronald Koeman’s side have been one of the busier clubs in the transfer window so far this summer, bringing in four new faces already.
Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, midfielder Davy Klaassen, striker Henry Onyekuru and Spanish forward Sandro Ramirez have all come through the Goodison Park welcome gates, costing collectively over £50m.
Everton have made it clear that they intend to push towards the top four this season, and they already have the edge over Liverpool in terms of transfers as the Reds have brought in just the one – Mohamed Salah for £34m from Roma.
In his column for The Mirror, Fowler praised Everton chairman Bill Kenwright for getting deals over the line earlier than their rivals.
The retired striker believes that the prices will rise as we get deeper into the window, and Romelu Lukaku’s possible move away from Goodison Park could trigger it.
“I have to hand it to Bill Kenwright and his team at Everton. They have stolen a march on the rest of the Premier League clubs and even made them look a bit stupid. I honestly think that doing your business early this summer is not only wise, but vital, because I reckon prices are only going one way as deals start to get done… through the roof. When that first really big deal is done – maybe when Everton sell Lukaku – it will affect all the other deals. If he goes for £80-90million, if Mbappe goes for £125m, then every other price goes up, accordingly.”
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