5 Most Expensive Everton Signings

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Premier League clubs have become known for splashing out insane figures to recruit the best players in the market, and Everton are no exception.

Over the years, the likes of Carlo Ancelotti and Rafael Benitez spent massively to aid the club's bid to whittle down the gap on the Premier League elite, but to no avail. 

Despite having had an outlay of well into the hundreds of millions, the Merseysiders had to fight tooth and nail to avoid relegation last season, suggesting money cannot buy success. 

Everton will be taking on Aston Villa this weekend and the betting odds are against them, although with this Parimatch welcome offer and a couple of smart bets on this weekend’s games, such as backing Everton to score at Villa Park, you should be in the green.

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However, if we’re looking at Everton’s prospects this season, more signings are needed, although that doesn’t always mean they need to spend a lot of money. Here’s a look at the five most expensive signings in Everton history:

  1. Gylfi Sigurdsson - £44m (from Swansea, 2017)
  2. Richarlison - £36m (from Watford, 2018)
  3. Romelu Lukaku - £31m (from Chelsea, 2014)
  4. Alex Iwobi - £28m (from Arsenal, 2019)
  5. Yerry Mina - £27m (from Barcelona, 2018)

Now, let's see how those signings panned out. 

#5 Yerry Mina

Yerry Mina, the author of an eye-catching 2018 World Cup with Colombia, swapped Barcelona for Everton in 2018, carrying a reputation as one of the best aerial players in the world.

Apart from his strength in the air, the towering defender has shown glimpses of his leadership skills and strong tackling at Goodison.

But the Premier League giants wouldn't mind if he takes his consistency to a new level or at least tries staying away from injuries, unlike last season. 

#4 Alex Iwobi

After falling out of favour at Arsenal, Alex Iwobi left the capital to team up with Everton, who were frantically looking for a new winger back in summer 2019. 

Like many other players to have joined the Toffees over the past decade, the Nigerian has blown hot and cold, often finding himself out of the starting XI under several managers.

You would expect a better attacking output from a player whose services required £28m, but Iwobi seems to be finding his feet after years of suffering. 

#3 Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku experienced mixed fortunes in the Premier League, but his utter best came during his astounding four-year spell at Everton that curtailed his Chelsea nightmare in 2013.

After impressing the Goodison hierarchy during a season-long loan in 2013/14, the Belgian striker made the Toffees dash out a then club-record fee of £31m to land him permanently in summer 2014. 

His career has come full circle as Chelsea brought him back from Inter in 2021 in one of the most expensive football transfers of all time, yet those four years at Everton remain the peak of his Premier League career. 

#2 Richarlison

It took Richarlison just one year in the Premier League to earn a big-money switch to Everton, with the Toffees committing £36m plus add-ons to take him away from Vicarage Road in 2018.

The Brazilian star can be a flying winger on his day, but a genuine absence of consistency and a sub-standard scoring record had cast a shadow on his time in Liverpool. 

Before leaving for Tottenham Hotspur in the summer, Richarlison chipped in with some vital goals to help Frank Lampard's side secure Premier League survival at the tail-end of last season. 

#1 Gylfi Sigurdsson 

Perhaps surprisingly, Gylfi Sigurdsson tops the list, but when Everton decided to land ta set-piece specialist during his time at Swansea, he was a beast.

As a technically gifted attacking playmaker, the Iceland international used his laser-sharp passing and creativity to unlock defences, proving a perfect linchpin between the Toffees' backline and attack.

While his scoring record may not be backing his case on Merseyside, and neither would a lack of pace, Sigurdsson remains one of the best midfielders to grace the Goodison pitch in the last decade. 

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