Transfer Deadline Day, especially the summer version, is basically like Christmas Day. You hope you’re going to get something nice, but you have to be ready for a complete dud as well. If you’re particularly lucky, you’re getting a number of shiny new gifts and even if a couple suck you’re better off overall.
The Blues have already been very thrifty in this summer transfer window, bringing in a number of players on the cheap as Marcel Brands looks to pare down the bloated squad, there’s quite a few players that need to be outgoing as well today.
What time does the transfer window close
For the uninitiated, deadline day is the last day of the transfer window, and basically when some teams and players pretty much lose their minds. Often it’s driven by desperation on the part of teams that have been unable to get their transfer targets nailed, and pay for it by parting with astronomical sums of money for talent that usually doesn’t deserve it.
Last season due to the coronavirus the window stayed open for a further 11 days to negotiate domestic business between Premier League and EFL clubs only, but that will not be the case this summer.
The summer transfer window closes at 11pm BST (6pm EST, 3pm PST) on Tuesday, August 31st, with an additional two hour period for clubs who have already submitted deal sheets in time.
How to watch the action
Sky Sports News will be covering it all starting at 6am BST (1am EST, 10pm PST), here’s info from their website on how to watch. Fans in the US will be able to follow the Sky Sports feed on the Peacock app. starting at 8am EST (5am PST).
This being the Social Media Age, follow us on Twitter where we’ll be bringing you up-to-date information as we see it. Like the last couple of years, we’ll be maintaining a live tracker on the website as well for you to stay updated.
What to expect from Everton today
While Brands has been trying to reduce the club’s wage bill, the Blues could be in for at least a couple of new players, most likely on loan just like last summer - a wide forward, a striker (or one who can do both), a right back and possibly a midfielder. Again, these might be contingent on departures first, so we’ll start there.
Only Bernard has been confirmed as a first team departure this summer, with the Brazilian leaving for Sharjah FC in the UAE for a token €1.00m. A number of fringe players have been let go upon the end or termination of their contracts, in alphabetical order - Beni Baningime, Muhamed Besic, Yannick Bolasie, Joshua King, Robin Olsen, Matthew Pennington, Theo Walcott.
It’s hard to tell what will happen with James Rodriguez - his wages remain a stumbling block to any except the biggest clubs on the planet. Everton tried to use him as a makeweight in a deal for Luis Diaz with FC Porto, but it seems like that didn’t work out. Apparently AC Milan are or are not interested in James, depending on who you ask.
If Everton can nab a right back then expect Jonjoe Kenny to go out on loan.
A right back, a right back please!! Denzel Dumfries is off the market, Mehmet Zeki Celik appears spoken for, so who else is left out there? With both Nathan Patterson and Ainsley Maitand-Niles linked hopefully we have a long-term replacement for Seamus Coleman sorted today.
A versatile forward has been on the cards for a while, with Matheus Nunes and then Joaquin Correa linked early on. The Blues have added pace on the wings already, but you cannot have enough speedsters and Luis Diaz definitely fits the bill, but can the Blues talk Porto down on the transfer fee?
Salomon Rondon has been mooted as a Moise Kean replacement, should come cheap too.
Confirmed Everton transfers
Transferred - Bernard (Sharjah FC)
Loaned - Joao Virginia (Sporting CP), Moise Kean (PSG)*, Niels Nkounkou (Sporting Liege)*
[* - not yet announced]
Released - Beni Baningime (Heart of Midlothian), Muhamed Besic (no club), Yannick Bolasie (Caykur Rizespor), Joshua King (Watford), Matthew Pennington (Shrewsbury), Theo Walcott (Southampton).
Transferred - Asmir Begovic (free transfer), Demarai Gray (Bayer Leverkusen), Andy Lonergan (free transfer), Andros Townsend (free transfer)