Everton’s transfer policy has changed from the David Moyes era, where a team was put together on a shoestring.

Back then, it seemed like a bigger budget would solve most problems and allow the club to make the jump into regular European contenders.

It hasn’t proved as easy as that. More money doesn’t necessarily equal a better squad and there’s more scope for expensive mistakes.

In terms of Everton’s biggest ever transfers, it is no surprise that they all arrived in 2014 or later.

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All values via Transfermarkt:

  1. Gylfi Sigurdsson – £44.5 million
  2. Richarlison – £35 million
  3. Romelu Lukaku and Alex Iwobi – £28 million
  4. Yerry Mina and Cenk Tosun – £27 million
  5. Yannick Bolasie, Michael Keane and Jordan Pickford – £26 million
  6. Moise Kean and Ben Godfrey – £25 million
  7. Davy Klaassen – £24 million
  8. Allan, Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Andre Gomes – £22.5 million
  9. Morgan Schneiderlin – £21 million
  10. Theo Walcott – £20 million
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Sigurdsson’s arrival came after a long, protracted saga with Swansea. He has probably played his best football in a blue shirt this season.

Lukaku was probably the pick of the signings, arriving during Roberto Martinez’s reign.

One eye-catching signing which isn’t on this list is James Rodriguez, because Everton managed to get him on a free last summer.

That goes to show you don’t always have to splash out a huge transfer fee to get quality.

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