Ajax's Klaassen close to £26m Everton move

Davy Klaassen

Ajax captain Davy Klaassen has arrived on Merseyside to complete the formalities of a £26m move to Everton.

Dutch international Klaassen, 24, has become a priority midfield signing for manager Ronald Koeman as doubts persist over the future of Ross Barkley.

The 23-year-old Englishman has been told he will be sold if he fails to sign a new contract at Goodison Park.

Everton earlier signed Jordan Pickford, 23, from Sunderland for £25m – a British record fee for a goalkeeper.

Klaassen, who is yet to undergo a medical, will join Pickford as another new signing with Koeman determined to build on last season’s seventh place that brought them Europa League football.

It is understood personal terms have already been agreed with the 2016 Dutch footballer of the year, who skippered the Ajax side that lost to Manchester United in last season’s Europa League final.

Klaassen has made nearly 200 appearances since making his debut for Ajax in 2011, winning three Eredivisie titles.

The Toffees have also been strongly linked with a £16m move for AC Milan striker M’Baye Niang. The 22-year-old had a spell on loan in the Premier League at Watford last season.

Director of football Steve Walsh was seen in Milan on Wednesday as he pursues a selection of high-profile Everton transfer targets.

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