Rafael Benítez says financial fair play ‘killed’ Everton in transfer window

Rafael Benítez has said the Premier League’s profit and sustainability rules “killed” Everton this summer but he is satisfied with his first transfer window at Goodison Park.

Everton signed five players but paid only one fee, a cut-price £1.7m for Demarai Gray, as they strived to reduce losses that have totalled almost £265m in the past three financial years. Premier League rules allow for a £105m loss in a three-year period, although last year’s figures were relaxed because of the pandemic.

The club was unable to secure a right-back, with offers for Rangers’ Nathan Patterson and Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles rejected, and a move for Porto’s winger Luis Díaz also failed to bear fruit. Manchester United’s midfielder Donny van de Beek was offered to Everton in the final days of the window but “the deal was not easy for us”, according to Benítez.

しかしながら, 持っている signed Salomón Rondón on deadline day, the striker joining fellow free transfers Andros Townsend, Asmir Begovic and Andy Lonergan, the Everton manager believes the club worked well within its financial constraints.

“I am really happy with the players we brought in because they are the players we needed and they know what we are looking for,” Benítez said. “The commitment of these players is very clear for everyone to see. We didn’t spend a lot of money but we made some good signings. Could it be better? はい, because if you have more money you can do it, but the financial fair play rules were killing us in this window. Hopefully in the next window it will be different but I’m really pleased because the players we brought are players we needed. Maybe we needed more players in certain positions but I think we did quite well.”

Porto’s reluctance to re-sign James Rodríguez complicated the move for Diaz and the playmaker, who earns £200,000 a week, rejected interest from Istanbul Basaksehir. Benítez admits the failure to move players on was a complication. “To bring players in it was important for us to create some space for other players. We couldn’t do it and now we have to manage that.”