The worst kept secret in football is seemingly days away from being confirmed – Ronald Koeman will be replacing Roberto Martinez as the manager of Everton.
While some Southampton fans will be scratching their heads, wondering why the Dutchman has left the South Coast, the blue half of Merseyside will be delighted that they have managed to secure one of the most talented tacticians in the Premier League.
With the financial backing of investor Farhad Moshiri, plus the increased revenue from the brand new Premier League television deal, Everton could be set to splash some serious cash this summer.
Here are the FIVE marquee signings that the incoming Ronald Koeman could secure for Everton…
Despite few media sources reporting of any interest from Everton for Tonny Vilhena, Ronald Koeman has long been an admirer of the young Dutchman, having worked with him for three years at Feyenoord.
The 21-year-old received his first international cap this year and looks set to leave the Eredivisie this summer. Do not be surprised to see Koeman look to his former player to boost Everton’s attacking midfield options.
Wouldn’t it just be another Groundhog Day moment for Saints fans if yet another star player left for pastures new following an impressive season?
Sadly, for those supporters, it looks as if striker Graziano Pelle will be leaving St. Mary’s this summer. While some rumours have suggested that the Italian will look to make a move back to his home nation, Koeman could look to bring his former frontman to Goodison Park with him.
Another player currently at Southampton who may be heading toward the exit door, Virgil van Dijk is attracting plenty of suitors after an impressive debut season in the Premier League.
With Everton’s defence proving woeful at times last season, the Dutchman would be the perfect man to steady the ship, especially if John Stones is picked off by one of the Premier League’s elite.
One of the most consistent defenders in the Premier League last season, Scott Dann’s performances have seen plenty of interest shown his way.
There have been plenty of reports in the Liverpool press that Dann is one of Koeman’s key targets and would likely be one of the signings of the summer, should he continue his impressive form in the league.
While it wasn’t exactly hard to stand out in the Newcastle team last year, Georginio Wijnaldum looked a cut above most of the other also-rans on Tyneside.
The Dutchman seems an obvious transfer target for Ronald Koeman – the pair worked together at Feyenoord.
If Wijnaldum can prove his fitness, he could be a superb addition to the Everton squad.