Rafael Benítez says financial fair play ‘killed’ Everton in transfer window | Everton
Rafael Benítez has said the Premier League’s profit and sustainability rules have “killed” Everton this summer, but he is happy with his first transfer window at Goodison Park.
Everton signed five players but paid just one commission, a reduced price of £ 1.7million for Demarai Gray, as they scrambled to cut losses which totaled nearly 265million. pounds sterling over the past three financial years. Premier League rules allow a loss of £ 105million over a three-year period, although last year’s figures were relaxed due to the pandemic.
The club were unable to secure a right-back, as offers for Rangers’ Nathan Patterson and Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles were rejected, and a move for Porto winger Luis Díaz also failed to carry his fruits. Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek was offered to Everton in the closing days of the window but “the deal was not easy for us”, according to Benítez.
However, after signing Salomón Rondón on deadline day, the forward joining fellow free transfers Andros Townsend, Asmir Begovic and Andy Lonergan, the Everton manager believes the club have performed well within their financial constraints.
“I’m really happy with the players we have recruited because they are the players we needed and they know what we are looking for,” said Benítez. “The commitment of these players is very clear to everyone. We didn’t spend a lot of money but we made some good signings. Would it be better? Yes, because if you have more money you can do it, but the rules of financial fair play were killing us in that window. I hope in the next window it will be different but I’m really happy because the players we brought in are players we needed. Maybe we needed more players in some positions, but I think we did pretty well.
Porto’s reluctance to re-sign James Rodríguez complicated Diaz’s decision and the playmaker, who earns £ 200,000 a week, dismissed Istanbul Basaksehir’s interest. Benítez admits that not moving the players was a complication. “To bring in players, it was important for us to create space for other players. We couldn’t do it and now we have to deal with it.