The fact that Everton are serious in this summer transfer window is not one that has escaped many people.
The Blues have been busy spending Farhad Moshiri’s cash on new players, with six signings already secured and £92 million having been spent to bring them to Goodison Park.
Still, though, the doubters remain, the biggest of whom can be found shouting loudly that the club have only spent the money secured from the sale of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United.
The fact that the Blues currently sit with a positive net spend because of the Belgian’s move only strengthens their argument, or so they believe. However, a look at the current wage structure at the club quickly grinds that argument down into the dust.
At this moment in time, Everton currently have Wayne Rooney earning £150k a week, Sandro Ramirez earning £120k a week and Davy Klaassen picking up £100k a week.
Just behind the both of them sit Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane earning £90k a week, the former Sunderland man having increased his wages by five-fold alone this summer.
If that isn’t a sign of ambition from the Toffees, then nothing else will convince the doubters. But let’s add a little bit of context just to try and sway them anyway.
Heading into the summer, Everton’s highest earner was Romelu Lukaku on £90k a week. The second biggest wage was Yannick Bolasie on £80k.
That means this summer; the Blues have signed five players and given them more money than any other player in the history of the club has earned. There’s every chance the next players to come in will earn similar pay packets.
Farhad Moshiri has literally smashed the wage structure and turned Everton into serious players in the footballing world. The capture of Sandro is a testament to that. If you’re still doubting him, or the club, at this stage, your argument is quite invalid.