Keane set to sign – why it’s time to get excited

Everton have got a plan and one by one they are picking off their transfer targets with a ruthless efficiency. Pickford, Klaassen are signed and sealed, Keane and Sandro are all but complete and that is not to mention signings for the future, Henry Onyekuru and Nathangelo Markelo.

By the time the majority of the first team squad return to training on Monday, Everton are likely to have spent close to £93m. To put that figure into perspective it is more than the Blues have spent in the last three transfer windows combined and Steve Walsh and Ronald Koeman have plans to spend considerably more.

Gylfi Sigurdsson remains a priority signing and Swansea’s talisman will command a fee of between £35m to £40m. Andre Gray from Burnley is likely to provide support and cover for Everton’s frontmen, with Walsh increasingly confident of securing his signature for £10m and with Lukaku expected to depart, it is highly likely the Blues will look to spend big to replace last season’s top scorer and player of the year.

In a normal summer the potential loss of Lukaku and Barkley (still to sign a new contract) would have resulted in an unprecedented meltdown but Everton’s early and decisive move into the transfer market has put down a marker for the rest of the Premier League and there will be teams in last season’s top six nervously looking over their shoulders.

This is a golden summer for Everton. Close to £100m has been spent before a ball has been kicked, plans for a new 60,000 seater stadium on the banks of the Mersey are progressing and on the back of u23 success in the Premier League 2, England, featuring five Everton players, won the U20 World Cup. There is a feel good factor emanating from L4 and Farhad Moshiri, who previously spoke about a window of opportunity, is funding a Blue revival.

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