By Danny Wright
Robbie Fowler believes that Everton’s early summer transfer business has made their Premier League rivals “look a bit stupid”.
The Toffees have already announced the arrivals of three players in deals that surpass a combined total of £50million.
Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen and Henry Onyekuru have been confirmed signings on the blue half of Merseyside with the Mirror recently reporting that the Toffees are on the verge of a fourth arrival with Sandro Ramirez close to making a £5.2million switch from Malaga.
Although he is a legend for Everton’s local rivals Liverpool, Fowler has hailed the early progress that Ronald Koeman and chairman Bill Kenwright have made at Goodison Park.
“I have to hand it to Bill Kenwright and his team at Everton. They have stolen a march on the rest of the Premier League clubs and even made them look a bit stupid,” wrote Fowler in his column on the Mirror website.
“I honestly think that doing your business early this summer is not only wise, but vital, because I reckon prices are only going one way as deals start to get done… through the roof.
“When that first really big deal is done – maybe when Everton sell [Romelu] Lukaku – it will affect all the other deals.
“If he goes for £80-90million, if [Kylian] Mbappe goes for £125million, then every other price goes up, accordingly.”
Onyekuru became Koeman’s latest signing towards the end of June, but has been loaned out to Anderlecht for the duration of next season.
The arrival of striker Ramirez could be to do with the expected sale of star striker Lukaku, who has turned down the chance to sign a new deal with Everton as he looks to play in the Champions League.
Former England international Fowler had two spells playing for Liverpool, amassing nine years at the club while also having stints at Leeds, Manchester City and Cardiff.
He was part of the Liverpool squad that won the treble in 2001, lifting the League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup titles.
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