Everton’s 10 most expensive transfers of all time

Martin Macdonald
Richarlison has been linked with a move to Real Madrid

In the summer of 2021 Rafa Benitez was named as the new Everton manager but was noted for the amount of money he spent which was significantly lower than his predecessors.

The likes of Carlo Ancelotti, Ronald Koeman and Marco Silva spent exorbitantly, as Everton had an outlay of well into the hundreds of millions to try and bridge the gap to the Premier League elite.

All of Everton's 10 most expensive transfers of all time have come within the last decade.

So, who makes the cut?

10. Ben Godfrey - £24m (from Norwich, 2020)

Ben Godfrey was signed by Ancelotti in the summer of 2020 and hit the ground running in the Premier League, taking to the top flight like a duck to water having previously featured while at Norwich.

Whether at right-back or centre-back, Godfrey provides Everton with athleticism and a good positional sense.

His versatility alone has proved him a worthy signing.

9. Moise Kean - £24m (from Juventus, 2019)

Everton have desperately been trying to find the new Romelu Lukaku ever since the Belgian left the club for Man Utd.

Moise Kean seemed like a good bet as he was well thought of at Juventus, but he never had the luck or the attitude to succeed at Goodison Park.

He was shipped out on loan to Paris Saint-Germain in what was a successful spell before eventually returning back to Juventus, where he will stay if the Bianconeri undertake their option to purchase him permanently in 2022.

8. Jordan Pickford - £25m (from Sunderland, 2017)

Jordan Pickford is the kind of player that will always receive criticism due to the way he plays the game. He is passionate, intense, and always shouting at his defence.

The former Sunderland man is capable of pulling off a fabulous save, but he is also capable of a mistake or two.

His best attribute remains his kicking, which can be fantastic.

7. Michael Keane - £25m (from Burnley, 2017)

Michael Keane helped form one of the most formidable defensive units in the Premier League while at Burnley, guided by the pragmatism of Sean Dyche.

He was never likely to be the central defender to take Everton to the next level, but he remains a solid enough performer.

Probably a bit overpriced in the end.

6. Yannick Bolasie - £26m (from Crystal Palace, 2016)

Yannick Bolasie is an enigma of a player in that he can take on all-comers one minute with an incisive dribble and then stink flatter to deceive the next.

Everton hoped to make him a more consistent attacker with a big-money transfer in 2017, but unfortunately for the winger his career in Merseyside was ravaged by serious injury.

The problems with his knee meant that he was never really able to gain any momentum, while there was already questions over his final product before he signed.

5. Yerry Mina - £27m (from Barcelona, 2018)

On paper this looked like a positive acquisition as Everton were gaining a supposed Barcelona level defender for a decent fee.

Although the Colombian can be a monster in both boxes - as he showed in the 2018 World Cup - he is inconsistent in his actual defending.

Mina is still around the first team and is a regular starter, but has never became the main man in defence despite coming from a club like Barcelona.

4. Alex Iwobi - £28m (from Arsenal, 2019)

Everton were crying out for wingers in the summer of 2019 and eventually took a punt on Alex Iwobi who had fallen out of favour at Arsenal.

The Nigeria international can be a flying winger on his day, but noticeable performances are few and far between.

He has two goals and three assists in three seasons in the Premier League for the club.

3. Romelu Lukaku - £31m (from Chelsea, 2014)

After a successful loan spell, Everton finally brought Romelu Lukaku's Chelsea nightmare to an end by buying him for a then club-record fee of £31m.

The Belgian was a hit at Goodison Park, so much so that Manchester United would come calling a couple of years later to bring him to Old Trafford.

Romelu Lukaku scores for Belgium at Euro 2020

His career has came full circle as a transfer to Inter was followed by a sensational return to Chelsea in 2021.

Everton hasn't had anyone near his quality since.

2. Richarlison - £36m (from Watford, 2018)

After just one season in the Premier League, Richarlison was purchased by Everton from Watford for a fee which could amount to £50m depending on potential add-ons.

There is indeed something about the Brazilian which can make him enjoyable to watch. He is clearly a winner and that is shown in how aggressive he can press and attack.

But, for such an amount of money you would expect a better goalscoring outlay as he has never went beyond 13 league goals in a season.

1. Gylfi Sgurdsson - £44m (from Swansea, 2017)

Gylfi Sigurdsson is certainly a fine player with the ball at his feet and Everton needed a set-piece specialist, which he is, at the time he signed for the Toffees in 2018.

However, the Iceland international is not blessed with pace and it can be very telling at times as Everton eventually developed into a counter-attacking side.

The outlay really was exorbitant considering he was only at Swansea, but Everton were willing to pay it.

He eventually became a squad captain, but the move hasn't really worked out for Sigurdsson.