With a new coach in Ronald Koeman and a reported £100 million transfer kit at their disposal, Everton are primed to have a big transfer summer.
On Friday, the Toffees completed their first signing as Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg joined the club on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee, according to a report by the BBC.
The 33-year-old left Koeman’s Ajax for AS Roma in 2011, before moving to Fulham in 2013. Stekelenburg spent the 2014/2015 campaign on loan at Monaco and last season linked up with Koeman again at Southampton, on a season-long deal. He played in a total of 25 games in his year with the Saints, prior to signing at Goodison Park.
Meanwhile, Everton are hunting for a star player to strengthen their midfield. One name that has been mentioned a lot, is that of Axel Witsel. The Belgium international was eliminated from Euro 2016 on Friday, but not before Squawka reported the Toffees had a £30 million offer accepted by Zenit St Petersburg.
However, in an interview with CRC Radio (via Sky Sports), Witsels’ father Thierry announced he also had a meeting with Serie A giants Napoli. “Everton’s interest is concrete, like Napoli’s,” he said.
“So the negotiation is ongoing, and to see if the marriage happens we have to see the conditions and understand what is the best destination for the player.”
Everton could have the upper hand as they are willing to pay Witsel’s wage demands with a contract over £100,000-a-week. However, the 27-year-old is keen on Champions League football, which Napoli can offer him.
Last but not least, a report by the Telegraph claims John Stones Stones wants to leave Goodison Park and that Manchester City are ready to make him the most expensive defender in British football history.
Stones was the subject of a failed pursuit by Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea last summer and it is now said the Citizens are prepared to pay £50 million to land the 22-year-old. That would beat the £36.1 million fee Manchester United paid to Leeds United for Rio Ferdinand in 2002.