Moshiri's arrival is set to transform Everton
Armed with a reported £100 million transfer war-chest and, according to the Liverpool Echo, prepared to offer big wages in a bid to bag the best, new Everton investor Farhad Moshiri appears to mean business.
Joe Hart (Sun), Kevin Strootman (Echo), and Morgan Schneiderlin (Sun again) have already been linked with shock moves to Merseyside this summer. And whether any of these happen or not (my guess is probably the latter) is irrelevant. These are exciting times for Evertonians, who once saw their club sign Royston Drenthe, Denis Straqualursi and Marcus Hahnemann in the space of a month, before bringing back James McFadden on a free transfer.
Late 2011 was a bad time for Everton signings
Of the above names, Hart is arguably the one most required, following Tim Howard's return to his native USA, which has left behind only Joel Robles in terms of senior goalkeepers. At this moment in time, however, the Manchester City number 1 seems a tough catch - barring the arrival of someone better in his position. Otherwise, Hart just isn't going to relinquish a shot of glory under Pep Guardiola.
Thibaut Courtois, on the other hand, could be more attainable. A report by the Sun last month claimed the 24-year-old could be on the move, following a disagreement with Chelsea goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon, while another by the Telegraph stated the Blues have opened talks with France international Steve Mandanda, now a free agent.
Mandanda is a reported Chelsea target
Would a four-time Ligue 1 player of the year (and winner of the last two) come to warm the bench? Again, my guess is probably not. Now would be a good time to test the water regarding Courtois. As it stands, he'd be no worse off at Goodison Park than he is at Stamford Bridge, from a footballing point of view. And if recent reports are anything to go by, financially he could be better.
Everton's penchant for Belgians may also work in their favour, with the Red Devils number 1 able to reunite with Kevin Mirallas and Romelu Lukaku on Merseyside. Oh, and David Henen's there too. With Lukaku's disillusionment widely acknowledged, Courtois' arrival could be the catalyst which keeps him at the club.
All it takes is for one of these deals to go through and others will duly follow. Securing this one would be the grandest of starts.