Everton's Ins And Outs Of The Summer 2020 Transfer Window

The 2020 summer transfer window closed at 11pm (BST) on Monday with Everton having confirmed the signings of six new players.

Deadline day itself brought two of those incomers, with defender Ben Godfrey arriving on a five-year deal from Norwich City and Robin Olsen joining on a season-long loan from AS Roma.

But how did the entire window unfold for the Blues? Here we look back at all the ins and outs of summer 2020...


Name Club Deal
Niels Nkounkou Marseille Permanent deal to June 2023
Allan Napoli Permanent deal to June 2023
James Rodriguez Real Madrid Permanent deal to June 2022 w/ Club option for an extra year
Abdoulaye Doucoure Watford Permanent deal to June 2023 w/ Club option for an extra year
Ben Godfrey Norwich City Permanent deal to June 2025 
Robin Olsen AS Roma Season-long loan



Everton's first capture of the summer was announced on 2 July when talented France Under-19 left-back Niels Nkounkou but pen to paper on a three-year deal following the expiration of his contract with Marseille.

The 19-year-old was given a chance to impress during pre-season and took it, showcasing his positive approach against both Blackpool and Preston North End, before being handed a competitive debut in the Carabao Cup second round win over Salford City.

He has since started victories against Fleetwood Town and West Ham United in the competition as the Blues have marched into the quarter-finals.

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Teenage defender joined following three years with Marseille.



After weeks of speculation, Everton announced the signing of Brazil international midfielder Allan on 5 September.

The 29-year-old, who played under Carlo Ancelotti at previous club Napoli, signed a three-year deal to the end of June 2023 and was introduced to Evertonians with a video inspired by the colours of his nation's flag and Everton's trio of new hummel kits for 2020/21.

In his exclusive first interview with the Club, Allan immediately revealed his delight at joining the Blues and spoke of his admiration for boss Ancelotti.

"It is a club with a rich history in the Premier League, has real ambition and then there is Professor Ancelotti," he told evertonfc.com.

"He has done everything possible to bring me here.

"It is the size of the Club and the name of the coach which means you don’t think twice about coming to Everton."



A little over 48 hours after Allan's arrival was confirmed, Everton moved to reunite Ancelotti with another of his former players on 7 September.

Colombia star James Rodriguez, who had worked with the Italian at both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, joined from the Spanish capital on a two-year deal with a Club option for a third season.

The playmaker's capture made global headlines, with his welcome graphic being displayed on iconic landmarks in Merseyside, New York and the Colombian capital of Bogota.

"I am really, really happy to be at this great club, a club with so much history, and here with a manager who knows me really well,” said James on completing his move.

"I’m looking forward to achieving great things here – and winning things, which is what everyone’s aim is."



News of James' switch was still sinking in when Everton confirmed a third major signing in four days on 8 September, with the acquisition of midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure from Watford.

The 27-year-old agreed a three-year deal, with a Club option for a fourth season.

"I have been waiting a long time to come here and now it has happened so I am very happy," a thrilled Doucoure told evertonfc.com.

"I had some interest from other clubs but from the beginning when Everton showed an interest in me I told my agent to focus on Everton.

"It was the only club I wanted to join."



While it was a generally quiet start to deadline day across the country, that wasn't the case at Everton.

Spoons were still clanging the bottom of cereal bowls across the nation when, on 5 October, the Blues announced England Under-21 defender Ben Godfrey had completed a move from Norwich City, agreeing a five-year contract.

"It is an honour to sign for Everton and to be part of a huge club,” Godfrey told evertonfc.com after completing his move. “I am very thankful for the opportunity and I can’t wait to get started.

“The aim for me at Everton is to win trophies and win games. I like to win. I wear my heart on my sleeve. I care and I am a passionate lad.

“The fans can guarantee they will get 110 per cent out of me when I am on the pitch."



News of Everton's sixth and final signing of the transfer window was delivered when, minutes after the deadline had passed, the Blues were able to confirm a loan deal for goalkeeper Robin Olsen had been completed in time.

The Sweden international, 30, will spend the 2020/21 campaign at Goodison Park and bring a wealth of experience accrued over 14 years of playing senior football in his homeland, Greece, Denmark and Italy.

A star of his country's run to the World Cup quarter-finals in 2018, he also kept two clean sheets to thwart Italy in the play-off that saw Sweden book their place at that tournament.



As well as the six new signings, there were a number of outgoings across summer 2020, with some players leaving on permanent deals and others heading out on loan.

Name Club Deal
 Maarten Stekelenburg  Ajax  Free transfer
 Leighton Baines  -  Retired
 Nathangelo Markelo  FC Twente  Season-long loan 
 Kieran Dowell  Norwich City  Permanent
 Lewis Gibson   Reading   Season-long loan
 Dennis Adeniran  Wycombe Wanderers   Season-long loan
 Moise Kean  Paris Saint-Germain  Season-long loan
 Sandro Ramirez  SD Huesca  Free transfer
 Theo Walcott  Southampton  Season-long loan


While the international transfer window is now closed, there is an additional domestic-only period for deals, in which Premier League clubs can trade with EFL clubs, which expires at 5pm BST on 16 October. Keep an eye on evertonfc.com for news of further transfers between now and the deadline.