Transfer Deadline Day, especially the summer version, is basically like Christmas Day. They hope you get something nice, but you also have to be ready for a complete dud. If you’re particularly lucky, you’ll receive a bunch of shiny new gifts, and even if a few suck, you’re better off overall.
The Blues have already been very frugal this summer transfer window, bringing in a number of players at a bargain price as Marcel Brands tries to downsize the bloated roster.
For the uninitiated, the deadline is the last day of the transfer window and basically when some teams and players pretty much go mad. Often it is the desperation of teams that could not achieve their transfer goals and pay astronomical sums for talent who normally do not deserve it.
Last season, due to the coronavirus, the window stayed open for an additional 11 days just to negotiate domestic business between Premier League and EFL clubs, but that won’t be the case this summer.
The summer transfer window closes on Tuesday, August 31, at 11:00 p.m. BST (6:00 p.m. EST, 3:00 p.m. PST), with an additional two-hour period for clubs that have submitted contractual documents on time.
This is how you see the action
Sky Sports News will be covering everything from 6 a.m. BST (1 a.m. EST, 10 p.m. PST). You can find information from their website to view. Fans in the US can follow the Sky Sports feed in the Peacock app. starting at 8 a.m. EST (5 a.m. PST).
In the age of social media, follow us on Twitter, where we will present you with the latest information from our point of view. As in previous years, we will also have a live tracker on the website to keep you updated.
What to expect from Everton today
While Brands has tried to cut the club’s payroll, the Blues could get at least a few new players, most likely on loan like last summer – a striker, a striker (or one who can do both), a right-back and possibly a midfielder . These too may initially depend on departures, so let’s start there.
Only Bernard was confirmed as a first-team departure this summer, with the Brazilian joining Sharjah FC in the United Arab Emirates for € 1.00m. A number of fringe players have been sacked in alphabetical order after their contracts expired or ended – Beni Baningime, Muhamed Besic, Yannick Bolasie, Joshua King, Robin Olsen, Matthew Pennington, Theo Walcott.
Moise Kean finished his medical degree at Juventus over the weekend and has returned to Turin on a two-year loan with mandatory purchase at the end of that period.
It’s hard to say what will happen to James Rodriguez – his salary remains a stumbling block for everyone but the biggest clubs in the world. Everton tried to use him as makeweight on a deal for Luis Diaz with FC Porto, but it seems that didn’t work out. Apparently AC Milan is interested in James or not depending on who you ask.
If Everton can get a right-back, expect Jonjoe Kenny to be loaned out.
A right-back, a right-back please !! Denzel Dumfries is from the market, Mehmet Zeki Celik seems to speak for himself, so who stays out there? With both Nathan Patterson and Ainsley Maitand-Niles connected, hopefully today we have a long-term replacement for Seamus Coleman.
A versatile striker has been at stake for a while, linked to Matheus Nunes and then Joaquin Correa early on. The Blues have already provided more pace on the wings, but you can’t have enough speed and Luis Diaz definitely fits in, but can the Blues talk down Porto about the transfer fee?
Salomon Rondon was touted as a Moise Kean replacement and should also be cheap.
Confirmed Everton Transfers
Transfer – Bernhard (Sharjah FC)
Borrowed – Joao Virginia (Sporting CP), Moise Kean (PSG) *, Niels Nkounkou (Sporting Liège) *
[* – not yet announced]
Approved – Beni Baningime (Heart of Midlothian), Muhamed Besic (no club), Yannick Bolasie (Caykur Rizespor), Joshua King (Watford), Matthew Pennington (Shrewsbury), Theo Walcott (Southampton).
Transfer – Asmir Begovic (free transfer), Demarai Gray (Bayer Leverkusen), Andy Lonergan (free transfer), Andros Townsend (free transfer)