Burnley defender Michael Keane has reportedly signed for Everton, joining on a club record fee with a fee of £25m that could potentially inflate to a club record of £31m with add-ons.
Keane, joins Everton on a five-year deal played twice for England and said that the opportunity to play for Ronald Koeman had played a big part in his decision to join the Merseyside club.
The defender also became Koeman’s sixth summer signing on Monday night after Sandro Ramírez had joined from Malaga for €6m earlier in the day, taking Everton’s spending this summer past the £85m mark.
Amongst their other signings were goalkeeper Jordan Pickford for an initial £25m, the midfielder Davy Klaassen for £23.7m, the forward Henry Onyekuru for £7m as well as Nathangelo Markelo for an undisclosed fee.
“I’m absolutely delighted to be at Everton, a fantastic football club with passionate fans and a great tradition and I can’t wait to come into training tomorrow to meet all the lads,” Keane said after signing for the club.
“First and foremost, the manager was a big factor in me coming to the club. He played in my position when he was a world-class player for a great Barcelona side and a great Dutch side and the style of football he likes to play will suit me, I believe.”
“I’m only 24 which, for a centre-half in the Premier League, is relatively young. I’ve still got a long way to go and I know this and hopefully under his guidance I’ll keep improving.”
On the other hand, Sandro, who scored 6 goals in 31 games for Malaga last season, signed a four-year contract with the Merseyside club.
“I was lucky enough to play with some of the best players in the world and managed to win the odd trophy but the important thing now is that I’m very happy to be signing for Everton,” The Spanish U-21 international said.
“My key strength is goalscoring. It’s always good to bring goals to a team and that’s what I’m hoping to do. My game is making runs off the ball, trying to find space, putting in a lot of effort and running hard. I think that’s an advantage in the Premier League.”