Iranian businessman Farhad Moshiri has vowed to inject at least £100m into Everton’s transfer kitty this summer, according to the Daily Mirror.
The Merseyside club announced on Saturday evening that the billionaire had bought a 49.9 per cent share in the Toffees, with the deal expected to be ratified by the Premier League by Wednesday at the latest.
Moshiri, worth £1.29 billion according to Forbes, is said to be wasting no time in trying to turn Everton into genuine top-four contenders.
Reported Chelsea and Manchester City target John Stones, plus Seamus Coleman, Ross Barkley and Gerard Deulofeu will all first be offered new contracts to stay at Goodison Park, while Moshiri is believed to have promised a ‘world-class replacement’ should star striker Romelu Lukaku leave the club.
The Belgian, who has scored 21 goals in 33 appearances for Everton this season, has been tipped to force a move away this summer, according to club insider, with Manchester United thought to be at the front of the queue to sign him.