Ronald Koeman has been confirmed as the successor to Roberto Martinez at Everton, after the Merseysiders agreed a reported £5m compensation package with Southampton.
In addition to a bumper salary, it’s thought the Dutchman will be handed the key to a transfer trove the like of which the Toffees have never known before.
A combination of Premier League TV money and the billions of recently-anointed stakeholder Farhad Moshiri have contrived to create rumours that Koeman will have up to £100m with which to restructure a squad that was only good enough to finish 11th in the top-tier last term.
But how will he invest his new-found wealth? Unfortunately for Southampton fans, it looks almost certain that he’ll be taking at least one Saint to Goodison Park.
In three of his last four jobs – Southampton, Feyenoord and Valencia – he has used portions of his transfer kitty to facilitate reunions with players he had worked with in previous posts.
AZ Alkmaar provide the exception in the quartet and, coincidentally, his 24-match reign with the Cheeseheads proved to be the shortest of his career.
His stint at Valencia was the second-shortest (34 matches across all competitions), but he oversaw the signing of his former Ajax charge Hedwiges Maduro before going on to win the Copa del Rey.
Upon moving to Feyenoord in 2011, arguably his most successful role in terms of overachievement, he persuaded AZ wide man Gill Swerts to follow him to De Kuip, while he took De Stadionclub’s most potent goal threat, Graziano Pelle, with him to Southampton in 2014.
Their contrasting Premier League positions suggest Saints stock several players who could be of use to the Toffees.
With solidifying the defence that shipped 55 top-tier goals chief among his priorities, a consistent performer like Jose Fonte stands out as one of the most likely to be on Koeman’s wish list at Everton.
The Portuguese stopper, who marshalled a backline that shipped some 14 strikes fewer last term, possesses the required experience and rearguard smarts to partner one of the talented, but raw centre-backs Ramiro Funes-Mori or John Stones at the heart of the Dutchman’s new defence.
Everton are 11/1 to nab a top-four finish in their first season under Koeman.