Everton have taken their summer transfer activity to the wire after making a trio of signings on deadline day.
The Toffees have signed Columbian defender Yerry Mina from Barcelona for £27 million, while agreeing to add Andre Gomes to their midfield line on a season-long loan.
Mina - who played a key part in his country’s run to the 2018 World Cup quarter-finals - appeared to be surplus to Barcelona’s immediate requirements, as the La Liga champions have kept faith in their two main defenders, Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti.
As for Gomes, he has gone further down the pecking order of the midfield line, after seeing the likes of Arturo Vidal and Malcom join the Catalan giants.
Besides the two defensive additions, Marco Silva has succeeded in outmuscling West Ham for the services of Bernard from Shakhtar Donetsk. The 25-year-old winger is the second Brazil signing for Everton, who have already sealed a five-year deal for Richarlison, from Watford, for a club record fee of £45 million.
As reported by Reuters, the Brazilian explained that it was the club manager who has convinced him to join, adding: “Everton is a club with a great structure and a lot of tradition, historically the fourth most successful club in England. When I found out about this opportunity and what the manager wanted out of me I was happy."
The Merseyside club is expected to go far in the Premier League, as they seem to have invested wisely in their squad development – when compared to other top-four contenders, like Manchester United and Tottenham, who have gone quiet over the summer transfer window – and may become the surprise package of the season.
Silva and his men are set to start their season against Wolves in the Molineux Stadium on August 11th.