In Focus: Everton showing their ambition with spending spree

According to reports in The Mirror, Everton’s imminent £30m purchase of Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is likely to kick off a £150m summer spending spree.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Toffees agreed a deal to sign England Under-21 international from Pickford on Tuesday, which according to BBC Football is worth an initial £22m which could rise to £30m with add-ons.

That certainly won’t be the end of the Merseyside outfit’s business though as they look to improve upon a seventh-place finish in the Premier League last season, as well as looking to make an impact in the Europa League next term.

The Mirror suggests Davy Klaassen and Sandro Ramirez could arrive for £25m and £5.2m from Ajax and Malaga respectively, while Swansea City star Gylfi Sigurdsson and Burnley’s Michael Keane are also targets.

If Romelu Lukaku leaves – The Telegraph says Everton are in talks with Chelsea over a deal – Koeman could make a big-money for a new striker as well in order to replace the 25 Premier League goals the Belgian netted last season.

Could Everton lose anyone else?

Yes, they could.

Ross Barkey looks set to leave after failing to sign a new contract, but it remains to be seen whether any Premier League club will be willing to pay the reported £50m price tag on his head.

Does this spree show Everton mean business?

It certainly does, and it is one of the reasons Koeman left Southampton to move to Goodison Park.

He wants the Toffees to be challenging for the Champions League spots in the Premier League in the long-term, and these additions can only help them do that.

Are they getting good value for money?

While some may say that Pickford is overpriced considering he has had just one full season in the Premier League, others will say that it is an investment as he could be the club’s number one goalkeeper for many years to come.

To get Sandro Ramirez for £5.2m considering he scored 14 La Liga goals last term would be a huge coup, while Klaassen could prove to be an upgrade on Barkley following an outstanding campaign for Ajax in which he netted 20 times.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, if Everton supporters and Ronald Koeman wanted to see the club show some ambition, they certainly don’t look as though they will be disappointed in the coming weeks.