Everton have taken their spending up to £86 million this summer following the arrival of Yerry Mina from Barcelona.
The Toffees had already forked out a combined £58 million on Richardson and Lucas Digne before transfer deadline day - but have now spent an additional £28 million on Mina to bolster their back-four.
They have also signed Brazil international Bernard on a free transfer, snapped up Andre Gomes on a loan deal from Barcelona, and are hopeful of also getting Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma in on loan.
It’s been a magnificent summer transfer window for Everton, who have also secured the services of a manager they had been chasing for many months: Marco Silva.
The Portuguese coach replaced Sam Allardyce earlier this summer after Everton owner Farhad Moshiri bowed to supporter pressure and sacked the former England manager.
Everton are now priced at around 20/1 by the bookmakers to break into the Premier League’s top four this season. (To see what their first-choice starting XI now looks like, click HERE).
A top-six finish may be slightly more realistic, although finishing ahead of one of Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham or Arsenal would still be a huge ask.
Phil Thompson is asked if Everton can finish above Liverpool
Everton’s local rivals Liverpool are currently the second favourites to win the Premier League title following their own excellent summer transfer window.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have signed Alisson Becker, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri over the past couple of months and retained the services of their best players, including Mohamed Salah.
But do Everton now stand a chance of finishing above their neighbours in the league table this season?
Well, this question was put to Liverpool legend Phil Thompson live on Sky Sports after the transfer window closed - and his reaction was priceless. Watch it here…
Thommo clearly finds the very idea of Everton finishing above Liverpool this season absolutely hilarious.
Needless to say, Liverpool fans found Thompson’s reaction extremely funny…
Everton fans presumably found his response much less amusing, but it will be fascinating to see how good the Merseyside clubs really are following their respective eye-catching transfer activity.
Everton kick-off their 2018-19 Premier League campaign with a potentially tough match against newly-promoted Wolves on Saturday evening.
Liverpool, meanwhile, welcome West Ham to Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
Who will finish higher this season: Everton or Liverpool? Let us know by leaving a comment below.