Everton transfer window recap: Gray coup, Diaz failure, James Rodriguez dilemma and all deals

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Rafa Benitez spent just a little over £1 million in transfers in his first season in charge at Everton

The summer transfer window is finally slammed shut. Contrary to previous seasons, Everton’s window was nowhere close to flashy, spending big on players and making statement signings. It was finally the time when chickens come home to roost. Due to the fear of exceeding Premier League’s profit and sustainability limits, the club had to adopt a shrewder, prudent and low-key approach.

Glaring holes still remain in the squad. Areas that needed urgent attention but due to the restricted capacity, Everton could not find solutions. After years of mismanagement and ill-spending, the day had to come where this process had to be stopped dead or the club would’ve landed in a disastrous situation, exceeding the profit and sustainability norms of the Premier League and potentially even breaching the Financial Fair Play regulations.

This was that season. To be fair, Everton did address some of the issues and made some respectable signings. While there is still big scope of improvement, Rafa Benitez now has to work with the available players and construct a system that works best while also hoping that the demons of injury don’t haunt the Toffees. Here are all the incomings, outgoings and missed transfers of the summer transfer window.

Here is a complete Everton transfer window recap: