Selling your best play usually means doom and gloom here in the Football Transfer Tavern, but as the Daily Mail report, it gets much better should another player come in and boost the squad.
Given they had just sold Marouane Fellaini to previous manager David Moyes, it is understandable that Everton fans may have been a little bitter, yet after the arrival of James McCarthy from Wigan Athletic, Everton fans are looking much brighter.
Roberto Martinez had been chasing the Republic of Ireland international for quite some time, and given how well he knows him, being his former manager and all, it was clear that the Toffees manager had identified him as the man to replace United bound Fellaini.
As we all know, Wigan are as well run as Everton and would not have been willing to sell one of their former managers a top player for peanuts!
Dave Whelan was as sensational as ever on the last day of the season and managed to get a pretty penny for McCarthy, with £13 million heading towards the Latics.
The 22-year-old former Hamilton Academical midfielder is a favourite of Martinez and despite seeing an initial £10.5 million bid rejected, the Everton manager was willing to go back with a higher bid, once the Fellaini deal was secured and the cash was in the bank of course.
Now Everton can look to the future – and that is a future that will include Leighton Baines as well, after the club made it very clear to Manchester United that he was not for sale.
Everton also brought Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku and Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry to Goodison Park on season-long loan deals in the eleventh hour.
Everton fans. Fellaini out and McCarthy, Lukaku and Barry in – good business? Let us know your thoughts below.
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