Everton have reportedly reached a full agreement with Burnley to sign Dwight McNeil in a deal worth around £19-20 million.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Everton are set to complete their third signing of the summer transfer window as they have struck an agreement with Burnley to secure the services of Dwight McNeil.
The 22-year-old started at the academy of Manchester United in 2004 before joining Burnley’s youth setup ten years later in 2014. Having made his first-team debut for the Clarets in 2018, McNeil has featured 147 times for the club, bagging seven goals and assisting 17 more for his teammates.
While those are not prolific numbers by any means, McNeil has stood out for his raw talent and abilities in a Burnley side that had a reputation for being a defensive-minded team for the majority of his time at the club. The 22-year-old Englishman’s potential led to him attracting interest from several Premier League clubs this summer following Burnley’s relegation last season.
However, it is Everton who have come out on top in the race for McNeil. The Toffees had recently stepped up their efforts to sign the winger amid rising interest from the likes of Newcastle United and Crystal Palace, among others. And they have managed to get the deal over the line, with the Burnley ace on the cusp of completing a transfer to Goodison Park.
Everton are set to complete Dwight McNeil deal. Full agreement with Burnley, fee could reach £19/20m add-ons included – Lampard trusts him as good talent for present and future. ?? #EFC
Medical ongoing, McNeil will follow Vinagre as new Everton signing very soon. pic.twitter.com/EytS5SpfAI
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 27, 2022
According to the ever-reliable Fabrizio Romano, Everton and Burnley have reached a full agreement over the transfer of McNeil. The winger is set to cost the Toffees around £19-20 million, including add-ons. The Italian journalist also reports that the winger is already undergoing his medical, following which the move will be finalised.
Everton have been in the market for attacking reinforcements after losing Richarlison to Tottenham Hotspur earlier this summer. While McNeil would not exactly be a like-for-like replacement for the Brazilian, manager Frank Lampard sees the 22-year-old as a good acquisition for the present and the future.
Once he signs, McNeil will become Everton’s third major transfer of the summer following the arrivals of James Tarkowski and Ruben Vinagre. The former joined the Toffees as a free agent after his contract with Burnley expired while the latter has arrived on a loan deal from Sporting CP.