Everton Break Record For Pickford, Grab Klaassen

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The injection of funds promised by new Everton owner, Farhad Moshiri, is being invested sharply by Ronald Koeman. Intent on challenging for the Champions League places, the Dutchman broke the British transfer record for Jordan Pickford before raiding Ajax for midfielder, Davy Klaassen.

Pickford cost the Toffees £30m from relegated-Sunderland, making him not just the costliest British goalkeeper but also the third most expensive in world football.

His departure from the Stadium of Light was widely expected as the Black Cats dropped into the Championship. However, Goodison Park was not expected to his destination; Arsenal reported to be keen on signing him with David Ospina and Wojciech Szczesny both expected to leave the club this summer.

Pickford, currently with England’s Under-21 squad at the European Championships, undertook his medical in Poland, completing his move quickly.

Meanwhile, Koeman, 22, unveiled former Ajax midfielder, Davy Klaassen as his latest signing. The Dutch international captained Ajax to the Europa League final last season, where they were beaten 2 – 0 by Manchester United.

Klaassen was voted the Netherlands Player of the Season in 2016, having been the Young Player of the Year in 2014. While 27 goals in his last 64 Eredivise games, the Dutch top-flight is not a standard bearer of quality. Ajax were the first team from the division to reach European final since 2002 when Feyenoord beat Borussia Dortmund, 3 – 2.