Date: 26th December 2020 at 5:00pm
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Sam Matterface hosted talkSPORT’s Boxing Day preview podcast during which he shed light on a revelation made to him by Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti concerning his January transfer plans. 

This comes after Everton had the sixth-highest net transfer spend of any Premier League side in the summer transfer window, as they brought Ben Godfrey, Allan, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Niels Nkounkou, James Rodriguez and Robin Olsen to Goodison Park. 

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Their summer spending received high praise. In an article for Eurosport grading Premier League teams’ summer transfer business, Pete Hall gave the Toffees an ‘A,’ declaring that the Merseyside club enjoyed ‘a simply fantastic window.’ 

The Toffees’ summer transfer business was rewarded by a positive start to the 2020/21 campaign but during this podcast, Matterface revealed that Ancelotti’s squad is not going to receive another boost in the January transfer window, heading into the second half of the season, as the Italian coach allegedly informed him that Everton won’t be making any signings when the transfer window re-opens next month, saying: (21:08)

“He did tell me, by the way, last night, Carlo Ancelotti, that he won’t be doing any shopping in January. I actually asked him the question – ‘will you be buying any players?’ – he said no.”

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TIF Thoughts on what Matterface revealed about Ancelotti’s January transfer plans…

Considering how well they did in the summer transfer window, perhaps many Everton fans would have wanted to see their side try to build on that by making some more additions when the transfer window re-opens in January, in order to help Ancelotti to achieve his goal of guiding Everton into Europe for next season. 

However, knowing that they did have a relatively high net transfer spend in the summer transfer window, in the midst of a pandemic which has had a notable negative impact on football clubs’ finances, perhaps it’s understandable if the Toffees are set for a quiet January window, as Matterface has shared Ancelotti revealed, and it will be interesting to see if that is the case.