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Everton most expensive player sales - How Toffees made over £600 million in outgoing transfers

4:00 PM MYT 10/11/2022
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Everton have done some exciting business over the course of the last two decades or so!

Everton are without a doubt one of the most ambitious team around in the Premier League outside of the so-called big six.

They might not quite have the spending power of newly rich Newcastle United, but they have spent big in the past in an attempt to challenge the traditional big guns.

Everton have had some great players representing them over the course of the last two decades or so, with Wayne Rooney and Romelu Lukaku among others wearing the iconic blue jersey.

The Toffees' main problem, however, has been that their biggest stars all expressed a desire to move to an English top club at some point.

But although that will have hurt their ambitions on the pitch, it did make them plenty of cash since the turn of the century.

Who are their most expensive player sales, though, and how do their transfer dealings look on a season by season basis?

Everton most expensive sales by season

Season

Biggest sale

Fee

Total sales

2022/23

Richarlison

£52.20M

£52.20M

2021/22

Lucas Digne

£27M

£41.40M

2020/21

Morgan Schneiderlin

£2M

£3.98M

2019/20

Idrissa Gueye

£27M

£79.02M

2018/19

Davy Klaasen

£12.15M

£25.79M

2017/18

Romelu Lukaku

£76.23M

£113.74M

2016/17

John Stones

£50.04M

£54.72M

2015/16

Steven Naismith

£9.90M

£9.90M

2014/15

Shane Duffy

£1.71

£1.71M

2013/14

Marouane Fellaini

£29.16M

£41.49M

2012/13

Jack Rodwell

£13.50M

£16.88M

2011/12

Mikel Arteta

£10.80M

£24.12M

2010/11

Steven Pienaar

£3.24M

£5.94M

2009/10

Joleon Lescott

£24.75M

£25.51M

2008/09

Andy Johnson

£11.97M

£11.97M

2007/08

James McFadden

£6.75M

£13.32M

2006/07

Kevin Kilbane

£2.25M

£2.25M

2005/06

Per Kroldrup

£3.60M

£6.30M

2004/05

Wayne Rooney

£33.30M

£40.86M

2003/04

Mark Pembridge

£675,000

£878,000

2002/03

Kevin McLeod

£338,000

£338,000

2001/02

Michael Ball

£8.78M

£10.73M

2000/01

Francis Jeffers

£13.77M

£32M

TOTAL

£615M

*All figures are taken from Transfermarkt unless stated otherwise.

Everton top 10 most expensive player sales

  • Nikola Vlasic Everton

    #10 Nikola Vlasic | £20.70m | CSKA Moscow | 2019

    Vlasic joined Everton from Croatian club Hajduk Split for a fee of £9.72 million in the summer of 2017.

    The attacking midfielder signed a five-year contract in 2017 and scored his first goal for the club on his debut at Goodison Park on September 28 in a 2-2 draw against Apollon Limassol in the Europa League.

    After just making 19 appearances in all competitions, Vlasic was told by newly appointed coach Marco Silva that he was not part of his plans.

    He was loaned to CSKA Moscow for the 2018-19 season before being sold for £20.70m to the Russian club.

    In 2021, West Ham signed him for £27m before sending him on loan to Torino in the summer of 2022.

  • Joleon Lescott Everton 02122008

    #9 Joleon Lescott | £24.75m | Manchester City | 2009

    After graduating from Wolves' youth academy, Lescott made 212 appearances for their senior team between 2000 and 2006 before joining Everton for £5.85 million in the summer of 2006.

    After over 100 appearances in three years at the club, Manchester City attempted to sign Lescott, with Everton publicly rejecting two offers.

    The defender then submitted a written transfer request in August 2009 that was also rejected by the club.

    But, the saga came to an end on August 25 when Lescott joined Manchester City for £24.75m, making him their second-most expensive sale at that time after Wayne Rooney.

  • Moise Kean Everton

    #8 Moise Kean | £27m | Juventus | 2023*

    After coming through the ranks at Juventus' academy, Kean made his senior debut for the club at the age of 16 years and 265 days making him the club's youngest every player to feature for the first team.

    In May 2017, Kean scored his first goal for the club, making him the first player born in the 2000s to score a goal in one of Europe's top five leagues.

    Later that summer, he was loaned to Verona for a season before returning back to Juve in 2018.

    In 2019, Everton came calling, signing him for £24.75 million, but he was sent to PSG on loan after just one season at the Goodison Park.

    After returning to the club in the 2021-22 season, Everton loaned him back to Juventus for two years with an obligation to buy him in the summer of 2023 for £27m.

  • Idrissa Gueye Everton 2018-19

    #7 Idrissa Gueye | £27m | PSG | 2019

    After impressing at Aston Villa in the 2015-16 season where they were relegated, Everton decided to sign Gueye for £7.65 million in the summer of 2016 by triggering a release clause in his contract.

    The defensive midfielder was a revelation at Everton, making the highest number of successful tackles and interceptions per match across Europe's top five leagues in the 2016 calendar year.

    In January 2019, PSG tabled a bid, but Everton rejected the offer for Gueye, something which did not affect the Senegalese star's performance at all.

    However, later that year, Everton received a £27m offer from PSG, which they couldn't reject this time around.

  • Lucas Digne Everton 2021-22

    #6 Lucas Digne | £27m | Aston Villa | 2021

    Digne regularly featured for Barcelona between 2016 and 2018, but he eventually decided to move to the Premier League with Everton in 2018 in search of regular first-team action.

    The Toffees paid £18.18 million for his signature and he went on to make 113 appearances for them between 2018 and 2022.

    In January 2022, Aston Villa came calling, agreeing to pay Everton £27m for the Frenchman after he had fallen out of favour.

  • Marouane Fellaini

    #5 Marouane Fellaini | £29.16m | Manchester United | 2013

    Fellaini joined Standard Liege's senior team in 2006 from their academy and he made 64 appearances for them before Everton agreed to pay £19.58 million for his signature in 2008.

    Brilliant in the air and strong on his feet, the Belgium international mesmerised Everton fans with his unique gameplay during his five-year spell at the Goodison Park.

    This impressed Manchester United, who signed him for £29.16m in September 2013, making him David Moyes' final signing of the summer.

  • Wayne Rooney Everton 2004

    #4 Wayne Rooney | £33.30m | Manchester United | 2004

    One of the greatest players in English football history, Rooney joined Everton's academy at the age of nine and grew up the ranks so quickly that he played for their under-19 team by the age of 15 in 2000.

    In 2002, he made his first-team debut against Tottenham, starting the match and assisting the first goal by Mark Pembridge.

    On October 19, five days before his 17th birthday, Rooney scored a last-minute thunderbolt against Arsenal, ending their 30-match unbeaten run, thus making him the youngest goalscorer in Premier League history, a record that was later surpassed by James Milner and James Vaughan.

    Manchester United desperately wanted to add him to their ranks in 2004, signing him for a then club record £33.30 million to make him the most expensive player under the age of 20.

    Rooney went on to become one of the biggest legends in Manchester United history and to this day, remains their top goalscorer ever.

  • John Stones Everton Chelsea Premier League 12092015

    #3 John Stones | £50.04m | Manchester City | 2016

    After playing for Barnsley's academy from 2001 to 2011, Stones became a regular in their senior team in the first half of the 2012-13 season.

    Everton spotted him and signed him in January 2013 for a £3.15 million fee.

    The centre-back went on to feature in 77 games for Everton between 2013 and 2016 and was one of the most exciting young prospects in English football at that time.

    Manchester City came calling in 2016, signing him for a then club record £50.04m.

    Stones has since then gone on to make over 200 appearances for the Cityzens.

  • Richarlison Everton 2021-22

    #2 Richarlison | £52.20m | Tottenham | 2022

    Everton signed Richarlison in the summer of 2018 for £35.28 million after the Brazilian impressed with Watford in the 2017-18 season.

    He became Everton's second-most expensive transfer ever after Gylfi Sigurdsson.

    On his debut for the Toffees in August 2018, Richarlison scored a brace in a 2-2 draw at Wolves.

    In his following four years at the club, the Brazilian forward scored 43 goals in 135 appearances.

    In the summer of 2022, Tottenham offered £52.20m to sign Richarlison, making him the second-most expensive sale in Everton's history.

  • Europe's real MVPs | Romelu Lukaku Everton

    #1 Romelu Lukaku | £76.23m | Manchester United | 2017

    Everton signed Lukaku for a club-record fee of £31.82 million in the summer of 2014.

    In his next three years, the Belgian striker scored over 50 goals in over 100 games for Everton, before Manchester United started to show interest in him.

    A day after United legend Wayne Rooney left to return back to Everton, the Red Devils announced the signing of Lukaku for £76.23m in July 2017.

    He became Everton's most expensive sale in history and the record remains intact, till date.

    Lukaku only lasted two seasons at Old Trafford, before Inter offered him a way out and signed him for £66.60m in the summer of 2019.

    He then returned to Chelsea in a £101.70m transfer in the summer of 2021, before again moving back to Inter on loan in the summer of 2022.