Everton have already completed their first bit of summer business as Marcel Brands joins the club as their new director of football.
Brands had been the technical director for PSV Eidhoven before the Dutch club confirmed his move to Goodison Park. More details are beginning to emerge about Everton's plans with Brands going forward, whilst the man himself revealed the important role super agent Mino Raiola played in helping him move to the Toffees.
Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf report that Brands will be handed a
"In my conversations with Marcel," said club owner Farhad Moshiri, "it has become clear to me that he shares our view that we should open the attack on the top teams in the Premier League. He is going to make us better and make sure that we get better players to do that."
Not many directors of football with sterling reputations. Marcel Brands is one of them. Much bigger news for Everton than Sam Allardyce leaving. https://t.co/Rfsq0Zcx3J— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) May 16, 2018
"It does not mean that his work will be easier. The greater the amounts, the greater the responsibility that comes with it - sometimes it seems like big money makes a little lazy, but I do not think I'm lazy."
Brands also confirmed the role football super agent Mino Raiola played in making this move to Everton happen. Raiola is well known to the Premier League for representing the likes of Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but the agent is also a friend of Brands and has been working with him for many years.
"The first contact has come via Mino, but not for the rest. Mino is a good friend of mine. He has been that since my RKC [