Ronald Koeman has his work cut out to ensure Everton are in the running to finish in the Premier League's top six next season.
The Dutchman, who replaces Roberto Martinez on a three-year deal worth £18 million, will need to bolster his new squad during the summer in order to fulfil the club’s ambitions.
Koeman has reportedly been handed the biggest transfer budget in the Toffees’ history, and will likely need every penny if he wants to rejuvenate the Everton squad into one that is capable of qualifying for Europe. Here are five summer signings the 53-year-old must land.
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The Ajax star could be the perfect first-choice goalkeeper to replace the recently departed Tim Howard.
Despite being only 27-years-old, Cillessen has been a mainstay in goal for the Eredivisie giants since breaking into the senior team during the 2013 pre-season.
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The Holland international kept 17 clean sheets in the Dutch top-flight last term and offers a reliable presence between the sticks.
The Crystal Palace defender has been on Koeman’s radar for some time and given the Toffees’ lack of depth in the centre of defence, the former Holland international will likely maintain his interest in the 29-year-old.
Dann was one of the Eagles’ most consistent performers throughout last season and played in all but three Premier League fixtures, contributing five goals to boot.
The Englishman would be a fine signing for Everton, but considering his key status at Selhurst Park, he would reportedly cost around £15 million.
The West Bromwich Albion star could be snapped up for a reasonably cheap price of £12 million this summer as Everton eye a replacement for the wantaway Romelu Lukaku.
Competition for the in-demand Berahino will surely be rife, but the prospect of a guaranteed first-choice role at Goodison Park plays into the Toffees’ hands.
The speedy 22-year-old would represent far better value for money than Southampton ace Graziano Pelle, who has also been linked with a move to Everton.
The Belgian could be the world-class signing Koeman needs to transform an Everton midfield that looked mediocre at times last season.
Witsel’s versatile combination of artistic technique and fierce tenacity would allow him to slot into virtually any position across the middle of the park, though his efficiency in the pivot role would grant Ross Barkley greater attacking freedom.
The former Benfica star, who joined Zenit St Petersburg for €40 million in 2012, would likely command a significant chunk of the Toffees’ transfer kitty even though his contract is set to expire at the end of next season.
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