By Noel Whelan

29th Jun, 2021 | 6:48am

Everton will spend 'big' this summer as deal for 'world-class' operator is done - Whelan

Everton will hand Rafael Benitez a massive transfer war chest this summer.

That is the view of ex-Leeds United and Middlesbrough striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the seemingly imminent appointment of the 61-year-old at Goodison Park.

This site revealed on 27th June that there are only formalities to be tied up before Benitez officially succeeds Carlo Ancelotti.

The prospective appointment has been met with a big backlash from Blues supporters, who are angry at Benitez‘s connection to Merseyside rivals Liverpool.

Whelan urged the Goodison faithful to put their trust in the Spaniard as he is a “world-class manager” who will prove to be a “great appointment”.

“Everton can give Benitez something that he has not had in a long time and that is a big transfer budget,” he told Football Insider.

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“I’m sure he will have been promised a sizeable amount of cash to spend which is something that he never had during his time at Newcastle. He defied the odds on a small budget while he was there.

“If you give a world-class manager like him money to spend they will spend it wisely. He has great relationships with owners, players, clubs…

“He knows what he wants and how to get it and he will address Everton’s weaknesses in the transfer market.

“Everton are getting a brilliant manager and a brilliant man manager. He is a very likeable character. It is a great appointment if you strip away the red.”

In other news, Everton submit big-money offer to star who had bust-up last term.