By Alex Stevens
Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has revealed Ronald Koeman had seven players on his shopping list during the summer transfer window – and the club bought four of them.
The Merseyside club chiefs were successful in their pursuit of goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, midfield anchorman Idrissa Gueye, winger Yannick Bolasie and centre-back Ashley Williams.
But Iranian billionaire Moshiri has admitted that Everton were unable to seal deals for £60million-rated Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly and attacking duo Moussa Sissoko and Lucas Perez, who snubbed Goodison to join Tottenham and Arsenal respectively.
“The manager had seven names and four of those we got – Stekelenburg, Gueye, Bolasie and Williams,” Moshiri told the Jim White Show on talkSPORT on Monday morning.
“We tried to buy Koulibaly from Napoli and they wanted £60million. It’s monopoly money, it doesn’t mean anything. We competed with Chelsea and were right there. Koulibaly, we did everything.
“He [Koeman] wanted box to box, we went for Sissoko, we matched asking price, all the terms were agreed. He wanted to go to a Champions League club. Lucas Perez exactly the same.”
Moshiri was speaking after Everton’s 5-0 thrashing at Chelsea on Saturday.
It was an evening to forget for the Merseysiders as they failed to contain Chelsea even though Koeman rejigged his formation and deployed a three-man defence in a bid to counteract the home side’s 3-4-3 formation.
Billionaire Moshiri bought a majority stake in Everton earlier this year after previously having a minority stake in Arsenal.
The Iranian is convinced Everton, who go into the international break in seventh position in the Premier League table, are on the right track to hit the target they set before the season began.
“The club is going the right way,” Moshiri added. “At the beginning of the season our plan was to get into Europe and I think we are on target.”
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