Rafa Benitez is edging closer to becoming the new Everton manager, and is bound to have an interesting summer transfer window ahead of him.
The Spaniard has been the front runner for the position for almost two weeks, with the Blues having been on the hunt for a new boss since Carlo Ancelotti’s surprise departure at the beginning of the month.
The club were already gearing up for a busy few months in terms of transfers, and the work will really be able to kick in when the arrival of the former Liverpool manager is confirmed.
Benitez is a manager who has overseen a lot of transfers in his time, but how has he started his tenure in this sense at some of his previous sides?
Here’s how each of Benitez’s first transfer windows have gone at each club ever since he first arrived in English football in 2004.
Five players arrived through the doors at Anfield in Benitez’s first window with the club.
The biggest transfer of those was the reported £14m paid to Auxerre to bring Djibril Cisse in for a then club-record fee, with the striker’s season later badly affected by a serious injury suffered in October 2004. However, that deal was agreed by his predecessor, Gerard Houllier.
Both Xabi Alonso and Luis Garcia arrived on Merseyside to add quality to the squad for the following years to come, with Josemi and Antonio Nunez being the other transfers.
The latter came to the club as part of Michael Owen’s departure to Real Madrid, with Markus Babbel and Danny Murphy also leaving Liverpool in Benitez’s first summer.
Benitez was only in charge at Inter Milan for a few months, but his summer transfer window with the Serie A club in 2010 was still an interesting one.
Six players came through the door at the Italian side including winger Jonathan Biabiany, who arrived from Parma.
But it was the outgoings that proved to be just as interesting, with Mario Balotelli’s move to Manchester City being the one that obviously catches the eye.
Ricardo Quaresma and Nicolas Burdisso also left to join Besiktas and Roma respectively in Benitez’s only summer with Inter Milan.
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Again, this was a position that Benitez only held for a few months.
However his effect in the January transfer window, after taking charge at Stamford Bridge in November 2012, was a strong one – as he brought Demba Ba to the club from Newcastle United.
Wallace and Ali Suljic were the only other arrivals at Chelsea in that winter period, with a number of players eventually leaving the club by the end of January.
The most notable of those was Daniel Sturridge, who made the move to Liverpool for a reported £12m at the beginning of the month.
Shortly after leaving Chelsea, Benitez took over at Napoli and instantly embarked on what was a busy summer transfer window.
A number of players came through the door at the Serie A club including Pepe Reina, Dries Mertens, Gonzalo Higuain, Jose Callejon, Duvan Zapata and Raul Albiol.
Many of those moves were funded by the sale of Edinson Cavani to Paris Saint-Germain, who left Napoli for a reported fee of €64.5 million.
Napoli would go on to win the Coppa Italia and finish third in Serie A by the end of the season.
This was another spell that didn’t last too long for Benitez, eventually losing his job in January 2016 to be replaced by Zinedine Zidane.
Before that though it was another busy transfer window for the Spaniard, with Mateo Kovacic and Danilo being the big-money arrivals to the club.
Kiko Casilla, Marco Asensio and Jesus Valejo were other incoming transfers during that summer – with the latter pair being loaned out in the same window.
They joined a number of departures from the Bernabeu including Iker Casillas, Fabio Coentrao, Sami Kehdira and Asier Illarramendi.
There was a large amount of turnover in Benitez’s first summer at Newcastle, as he was preparing the club for life in the Championship.
The biggest fees were spent on Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie, who arrived from Crystal Palace and Bournemouth respectively to help bolster attacking options.
The likes of Isaac Hayden, Grant Hanley, Ciaran Clarke, Mohamed Diame, DeAndre Yedlin and Daryl Murphy were also brought into the club in a hectic summer transfer window – with Christian Atsu also joining on loan.
Those incoming transfers were offset by a number of stars leaving St James’ Park – with the biggest fees received being for Georginio Wijnaldum and Moussa Sissoko.
The exits of Andros Townsend, Daryl Janmaat and Remy Cabella were also able to raise significant funds for Newcastle as they went on to win the Championship that year.
Benitez’s most recent appointment was to Chinese side Dalian Professional, and he wasted no time in having an impact in his first transfer window with the club.
The most notable work done during that time was to bring Salomon Rondon to the club a few days after being announced as manager.
The striker moved to China from West Bromwich Albion and went on to make 11 Chinese Super League appearances in the rest of the 2019 season, scoring five goals in that time.