Davy Klaassen made his debut for Ajax back in 2011 and he became one of the Amsterdammers’ key players over the years. The 24-year-old midfielder has made 163 appearances for Ajax, won three Eredivisie titles and helped the Amsterdammers with 49 goals and 39 assists. The Dutch midfielder has been a long-term target of coach Ronald Koeman, but he was also courted by several Premier League clubs over the past two years. Klassen served as Ajax captain the past two season, but he has enjoyed an excellent 2016/17 campaign, providing 20 goals and 12 assists across all competitions.
Manager Ronald Koeman needed an attacking midfielder who can create and score goals, as they have relied too much on their star striker Romelu Lukaku over the past few season. The Dutch coach was thrilled about his new signing and said “He is hard-working, likes to press and, of course, will give us more creativity and goals”. Davy Klaassen became a priority signing after the rumours that Ross Barkley may leave Everton if he fails to sign a new contract at Goodison Park.
Klaassen joined Everton for a fee of £23.5 million (€27m) yesterday and he became the Toffees’ second big signing of the summer, after Jordan Pickford joined the team from Sunderland for £25m, which is a British record fee for a goalie. In addition, Everton have been strongly linked with a £16m move for AC Milan’s forward M’Baye Niang, who had a spell on loan in the Premier League at Watford in the previous season.