As the summer transfer window continues Everton have yet to make a single new signing despite the ubiquitous rumour mill linking the club with a host of names.
The lack of transfer activity from the Blues will surprise few Evertonians but it does of course raise very worrying questions.
We all know the difficulties Everton have financially from years of failed signings and after spending a considerable amount last summer (all be it with some clever structuring of the deals) there is even less in the kitty than before.
And that is despite the fact that the Toffees sold Anthony Gordon in this January’s window for £40 million and the final completion of Moise Kean’s long drawn out return to Juventus, which raised about £25 million.
The end of June also marked the start of a new financial year and so there might have been some hope that FFP restrictions would ease and as with last year the club could start making a few moves in the market.
Last summer though Everton had sold Richarlison to Tottenham to fund the later moves they made in that window.
So far though they haven’t made a similar decision to let a major player leave to do the same again this time round.
There have been rumours of players leaving particularly Amadou Onana and Jordan Pickford, but nothing concrete has come of them, as yet.
Onana has always seemed the most likely candidate to depart and may still do so although despite plenty of links to other clubs he’s still a Blues player.
The other uncertainty is the involvement of American investment group MSP Sports Capital.
MSP have according to reports raised about £130 million to put into the club. This money is to used to finish funding the builsing of Everton’s new ground at Bramley-Moore Docks and isn’t going into any general fund for new player signings.
That means the Toffees have to find money from anywhere else they can and so this is obviously the reason why several players have already been released or sold such as Conor Coady, Yerry Mina, Andros Townsend and now youngsters Issac Price, Ellis Simms and Ishe Samuels-Smith.
We have to hope that after these and perhaps other sales, Everton will finally have enough money to make at one or two signings before the window closes. anything else will be catastrophic and probably terminal for the team’s chances of avoiding another dreadful fight for survival.