Everton will have a much-changed line-up when they kick-off their pre-season fixtures in Tanzania on Thursday July 13.
The Blues face little-known Kenyan side Gor Mahia FC, before heading to the Netherlands to meet FC Twente the following Wednesday.
Ronald Koeman’s side then meet Belgian outfit KRC Genk on Saturday July 22, with their final friendly scheduled for Goodison Park against Spain’s Sevilla on Sunday August 6.
Everton’s involvement in the Europa League also begins during pre-season, with the two-legged third qualifying round matches being held on Thursday July 27 and Thursday August 3. The draw for those ties takes place on July 14.
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Koeman has been keen to strengthen his squad and he’s already splashed out on deals that could eventually total over £100 million.
Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford’s arrival from Sunderland has been followed by centre-half Michael Keane joining the club from Burnley.
Malaga striker Sandro Ramírez and midfielder Davy Klaassen from Ajax are other notable arrivals.
With Romelu Lukaku apparently set to join Manchester United, Koeman will need to boost his forward options.
Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson has been linked with a move north, although whether that would result in an exit for Ross Barkley remains to be seen.
However, it’s the impending return of Wayne Rooney which could be trigger the fans’ imaginations this season.
The 31-year-old left Everton for United back in 2004, but with just five goals in 25 Premier League appearances he fell down the pecking order under Jose Mourinho.
Rooney has been warned by England boss Gareth Southgate that he needs to be playing regular football next season if he wants to get back into the national squad.
If Rooney completes his return to Everton and rediscovers his scoring touch he would certainly be back in contention to take his place at the World Cup in Russia next summer.
It’s clear that Iranian billionaire club owner Farhad Moshiri means business with the transfer dealings the Toffees have done so far, but breaking into the top four could still be a tough ask.
Everton start their Premier League campaign at home to Stoke City on Saturday August 12, but subsequent trips to Manchester City and Chelsea will be big tests for Koeman’s new-look team.
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