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Ronald Koeman seeks finishing touch to Everton’s £150m spending spree | Andy Hunter

Even if Everton capture Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea, the big-spending Blues must still land a prolific striker after Romelu Lukaku’s departure

Everton’s spending will break the £150m barrier should they finally meet Swansea’s asking price for Gylfi Sigurdsson but the cost of challenging the Champions League clique is likely to rise higher. Not even the return of Wayne Rooney to Goodison Park, with his throwback goal in Tanzania, deflects from the need to reconstruct Ronald Koeman’s attack following the exit of Romelu Lukaku. The finishing touches of an unprecedented spree could prove the most important.

Related: Swansea warn Everton over Sigurdsson and raise question of tapping up

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Wayne Rooney and Everton are well placed for a fruitful and warm reunion | Nick Ames

Everton fans have been booing their prodigal son since his departure 13 years ago, but the old warmth should not be hard to reignite

The Goodison Park roof was not quite wrenched from its fittings when Wayne Rooney made his return to Everton colours, but perhaps it loosened enough to sow the seeds for what passed two years later. Rooney had felt some apprehension before donning the kit for Duncan Ferguson’s testimonial in August 2015, aware that his presence had hardly been greeted with universal joy on those annual visits with Manchester United; when it came around, though, the applause was warm and the chants from the Gwladys Street Stand were lusty enough. If nothing else it suggested that, on both sides, the old feelings might not be so difficult to reawaken.

Related: Romelu Lukaku confirms Manchester United move as Wayne Rooney rejoins Everton

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Everton hoping early deals can help them bridge gap to the top four

Michael Keane’s arrival took Ronald Koeman’s summer spree beyond the £80m mark and the Goodison faithful will be hoping their manager’s decisiveness filters through to the team once the season starts

There is no doubt which Premier League club has made the quickest start in the race to do business in the summer transfer window. One might not go as far as Robbie Fowler, who believes Everton’s resolve and targeted investment are making the rest of the league look stupid, though there is plenty to admire in the way Ronald Koeman and his club backers go about their business.

Everton have made five major signings before most clubs are properly back from their holidays, even if Henry Onyekuru will be going straight out to Anderlecht on loan. The others offer straight-down-the-middle solidity, almost literally since Koeman has brought in a goalkeeper, centre-half and striker. Everton set their transfer record when they signed Jordan Pickford for a fee that could rise to £30m, though the former Sunderland player has long been regarded the best English goalkeeping prospect around and if he fulfils his potential he will soon start to look a snip even at that price.

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Everton in talks with Cuco Martina over signing Southampton defender

• The 27-year-old is out of contract at St Mary’s Stadium this month
• Koeman wants cover due to Seamus Coleman’s long-term injury

Everton have held talks with Cuco Martina over signing the Southampton defender on a free transfer.

The 27-year-old is out of contract at St Mary’s Stadium this month and open to a move having failed to secure a regular place in Claude Puel’s team this season, making only 18 appearances in all competitions.

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Ronald Koeman ‘not confident’ Ross Barkley will stay at Everton next season

• Midfielder has yet to inform manager if he will sign new contract
• Koeman: We need an answer after the weekend

Everton boss Ronald Koeman is not confident Ross Barkley will stay with the club but is “not worried” about the situation.

Koeman says the Toffees are looking for players who operate in Barkley’s position irrespective of whether or not the 23-year-old midfielder signs a new deal, with his current contract expiring in the summer of 2018.

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Ronald Koeman raises doubts over Ross Barkley’s future at Everton

• ‘It’s his responsibility and also of his agent to say yes or no,’ says manager
• Watford game on Friday could be player’s last Everton appearance at Goodison

Ross Barkley has been told by Ronald Koeman he has a responsibility to inform Everton whether he intends to sign a new contract and that the club’s offer is non-negotiable.

The midfielder has yet to commit to his boyhood club despite being in talks over a new deal for months and receiving an ultimatum from Koeman to decide his future by the end of this season. Everton host Watford on Friday, in what may prove to be Barkley’s final appearance for the club at Goodison Park, before ending the campaign at Arsenal a week on Sunday, but no resolution to the stand-off is in sight.

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Ronald Koeman wants Barcelona job but only after taking Everton into top four

• Everton manager says ‘I have two dreams to fulfil: coach Holland and Barça’
• Koeman linked with former club but insists he is committed to Everton

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has said he dreams of managing his former club Barcelona but insists he is committed to his current side, and wants to complete the challenge of leading them into the Champions League.

The former Barça defender, who spent six years at Camp Nou between 1989 and 1995, has regularly been linked with a return to his old club since Luis Enrique announced his departure at the end of the current season.

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Ronald Koeman tells Romelu Lukaku to show ‘best of himself’ against Chelsea

• Everton’s manager admits difficulty in hanging on to his best players
• Premier League’s leading scorer faces former club on Sunday

Everton’s manager has challenged Romelu Lukaku to show “the best of himself” against his striker’s former club, Chelsea, on Sunday and shape the destiny of the Premier League title.

Ronald Koeman’s side present arguably the toughest assignment for Chelsea in their pursuit of the championship having won eight consecutive matches at Goodison Park, with Lukaku scoring in his past nine appearances on home soil. The Belgian has been frequently linked with a return to Stamford Bridge after refusing to extend a contract that still has two years to run, and the manager admits it may be difficult to retain his best players this summer. “I don’t know, will see at the end of the season,” he said on the prospect of keeping the Premier League’s leading scorer.

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Ronald Koeman: I give young players a chance maybe more than English managers

• Maybe they are afraid to put young players in, says Everton’s manager
• ‘Southampton’s young players were not good enough long-term’

Ronald Koeman has accused English coaches of being afraid to blood young players and claimed a lack of talent was the only reason he stuck with so few at Southampton.

The Everton manager has drawn heavily on the club’s academy products and young signings during his first season at Goodison Park, with Tom Davies, Mason Holgate, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Ademola Lookman plus – more recently – Matthew Pennington, Jonjoe Kenny and Joe Williams all regular members of the first team squad.

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Ronald Koeman: I give young players a chance maybe more than English managers

• Maybe they are afraid to put young players in, says Everton’s manager
• ‘Southampton’s young players were not good enough long-term’

Ronald Koeman has accused English coaches of being afraid to blood young players and claimed a lack of talent was the only reason he stuck with so few at Southampton.

The Everton manager has drawn heavily on the club’s academy products and young signings during his first season at Goodison Park, with Tom Davies, Mason Holgate, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Ademola Lookman plus – more recently – Matthew Pennington, Jonjoe Kenny and Joe Williams all regular members of the first team squad.

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Ronald Koeman: I give young players a chance maybe more than English managers

• Maybe they are afraid to put young players in, says Everton’s manager
• ‘Southampton’s young players were not good enough long-term’

Ronald Koeman has accused English coaches of being afraid to blood young players and claimed a lack of talent was the only reason he stuck with so few at Southampton.

The Everton manager has drawn heavily on the club’s academy products and young signings during his first season at Goodison Park, with Tom Davies, Mason Holgate, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Ademola Lookman plus – more recently – Matthew Pennington, Jonjoe Kenny and Joe Williams all regular members of the first team squad.

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Ronald Koeman: I give young players a chance maybe more than English managers

• Maybe they are afraid to put young players in, says Everton’s manager
• ‘Southampton’s young players were not good enough long-term’

Ronald Koeman has accused English coaches of being afraid to blood young players and claimed a lack of talent was the only reason he stuck with so few at Southampton.

The Everton manager has drawn heavily on the club’s academy products and young signings during his first season at Goodison Park, with Tom Davies, Mason Holgate, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Ademola Lookman plus – more recently – Matthew Pennington, Jonjoe Kenny and Joe Williams all regular members of the first team squad.

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Koeman sets Everton target to finish above Arsenal and Manchester United

• Dutchman says his team are more than capable of a top-five finish
• Rivals’ heavier workloads will be to Everton’s advantage, he adds

Ronald Koeman has said Everton could finish above Arsenal or Manchester United due to their rivals’ inconsistency and workloads, claiming the pair are bigger than his team in name only.

Leicester City’s elimination from the Champions League on Tuesday in effect secured Europa League qualification for Everton, with Koeman’s team seventh in the table and 13 points clear of West Bromwich Albion in eighth. Everton will face a third qualifying round in late July should they remain seventh but while welcoming a place in Europa and the extra demands on next season’s fixture schedule, Koeman insists a fifth- or sixth-placed finish is a credible target.

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Everton’s Keane pursuit may not mean end for Jagielka, hints Koeman

• Everton manager gives 34-year-old a boost for next season
• Koeman underlines admiration for Burnley’s Michael Keane

Ronald Koeman has described the Everton target, Michael Keane, as a defender of great potential but said his summer reshuffle may not signal the end of Phil Jagielka’s career at Goodison Park.

Related: Ronald Koeman says bar attack will not make Ross Barkley leave Everton

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Ronald Koeman says bar attack will not make Ross Barkley leave Everton

• England midfielder was punched in the face in a bar in Liverpool on Monday
• Manager wants answer from player on new contract by end of season

Ronald Koeman does not believe Ross Barkley will consider leaving Everton as a consequence of being attacked in Liverpool city centre but has told the midfielder to decide his future by the end of the season.

Related: Everton’s Ross Barkley reports for training despite attack in city-centre bar

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Ronald Koeman says bar attack will not make Ross Barkley leave Everton

• England midfielder was punched in the face in a bar in Liverpool on Monday
• Manager wants answer from player on new contract by end of season

Ronald Koeman does not believe Ross Barkley will consider leaving Everton as a consequence of being attacked in Liverpool city centre but has told the midfielder to decide his future by the end of the season.

Related: Everton’s Ross Barkley reports for training despite attack in city-centre bar

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Everton’s Tom Davies to miss England U19 tournament for time to rest

• FA agrees Everton’s request for midfielder to sit out championships in July
• Ronald Koeman demands improvement in finishing from team

Ronald Koeman has said Tom Davies will not feature at the European Under-19 Championship this summer despite captaining England when they qualified for the tournament.

The Everton midfielder led England to a 3-0 win over Spain last month that sealed their place at the championship finals in Georgia from 2-15 July. However, at the request of his club, the Football Association has agreed that the 18-year-old would benefit from a rest after rising to prominence in the Premier League this season.

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Ronald Koeman tells Romelu Lukaku to answer his critics at Old Trafford

• Premier League top scorer flopped in Merseyside derby
• Everton manager says United away is chance to atone

Ronald Koeman believes Old Trafford is the perfect stage for Romelu Lukaku to banish his derby disappointment and demonstrate he does deliver against the Premier League’s strongest sides.

The Everton manager has spoken to the Belgium international about his meagre contribution to the defeat at Liverpool on Saturday, citing the fact that Lukaku and Ross Barkley were “not at their level” as a reason for his young team’s 3-1 reverse. Lukaku tops the Premier League’s goalscoring chart this season with 21 but has often struggled to have an impact against the top teams, with only four of his 39 league goals over the past two campaigns arriving against the current top six.

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Liverpool’s bench was trying to get Ross Barkley sent off, says Ronald Koeman

• Everton manager accuses Liverpool assistant of ‘over-reacting’
• Koeman admits Barkley could have received two yellow cards

Ronald Koeman, the Everton manager, agreed Ross Barkley was lucky to stay on the pitch in the Merseyside derby after two fouls in the first half that could have produced two yellow cards and accused the Liverpool bench of trying to get his midfielder sent off.

The Everton player was spoken to after a heavy challenge on Emre Can in the opening minutes of Liverpool’s 3-1 victory, two minutes before Sadio Mané opened the scoring. A clearly frustrated Barkley then picked up his first caution for an over-the-top tackle that hurt Dejan Lovren and might have brought a red card.

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Everton’s momentum gives Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp his most testing derby yet | Andy Hunter

Liverpool manager insists he feels no pressure as he looks to extend winning run against Everton in a match for which both sides’ preparations have been jolted

Jürgen Klopp has said Liverpool do not feel under pressure against Everton despite describing Saturday’s Merseyside derby as the most important of his Anfield reign.

Klopp is the only manager in Liverpool’s history to win his first two derbies having overseen a 4-0 destruction of Roberto Martínez’s side last season and a 94th-minute victory at Goodison Park in December. “Maybe I’m a genius at understanding derbies because I didn’t need a second to understand the importance of this game,” he said. Since Sadio Mané’s stoppage-time goal at Goodison, however, Everton have closed the gap on Liverpool and enter the 228th Merseyside derby as the in-form team in the Premier League this year.

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