In Focus: Everton close to sealing impressive Davy Klaassen deal

According to reports on Dutch media outlet Telesport, Everton will need to pay around £26m if they want to sign Ajax midfielder Davy Klaassen this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Toffees manager Ronald Koeman is keen to significantly strengthen his squad this summer to ensure that they can try and challenge for Champions League qualification in the Premier League next season as well as progressing through to the group stages of the Europa League and beyond.

With Ross Barkley looking set to leave Goodison Park having so far failed to agree a new deal and with just a year left on his contract, Koeman will be looking for an attack-minded central midfield player and Klaassen looks to be his top target.

The 24-year-old is attracting interest from clubs in Serie A and the Bundesliga but a move to England is looking most likely.

How well did he do this season?

The Ajax captain was in brilliant form as he helped his team win reach the final of the Europa League and he scored 20 goals and provided a further 12 assists in 50 appearances in all competitions.

If Barkley does go, Koeman will want an attacking midfielder to replace him who is creative and capable of finding the net, and Klaassen has certainly shown that he would be able to do that.

Will they be willing to pay £26m?

They should be, yes.

For a player that has already captained Ajax, is 24 years of age with plenty of potential and with the form he showed this season, it could turn out to be something of a bargain.

With Everton said to be demanding £50m if they are to sell Barkley and with alternative targets like Swansea City’s Gylfi Sigurdsson likely to cost more, Klaassen could be the right fit.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, it seems as though everything is set up for Everton to complete a deal for Klaassen now and the only thing that could prevent it – or delay it – is if Ross Barkley completes a turnaround and pens a new contract.