Summer 2017 Transfer Window

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Ronald Koeman said that it will take - amongst many other things - several transfer windows for the "Everton Project" to get to the level of success he wants.
The changes to the playing staff that he's made so far are very encouraging and there are more improvements expected in the Summer and beyond.
At the end of the Summer transfer window, Everton will have to officially register their squad of 25 or fewer aged-over-21 players eligible for Premier League fixtures of which no more than 17 can be "non-homegrown" players.
At the end of RK's second Everton transfer window, in January, the club registered a squad of just 21 aged-over-21 players for the Premier League (of which 11 are non-homegrown): Baines (HG), Barkley (HG), Barry (HG), Besic, Bolasie, Coleman, Funes Mori, Garbutt (HG), Gueye, Jagielka (HG), Kone, Lennon (HG), Lukaku (HG), McCarthy (HG), Mirallas, Pennington (HG), Robles, Schneiderlin, Stekelenburg, Valencia and Williams (HG). [The annotation (HG) means "homegrown" player.]
We also have 7 aged-over-21 players out on loan until the end of the season: Browning (HG), Cleverley (HG), Deulofeu, McAleny (HG), McGeady, Niasse and Rodriguez. Of these, only Browning seems likely to have a future at Everton.
Then there are 6 players who will become classified as aged-over-21 this Summer: Byrne (HG), Duffus C (HG), Grant (HG), Gray (HG), Jones G (HG) and Tarashaj. It's a moot point as to whether any of these will break through to the first-team squad - let alone be retained.
Other players - such as Calvert-Lewin, Davies, Holgate, Lookman, etc. - are (and still will be this Summer) classified as under-21, so won't have to be registered in the Premier League squad although they will all be eligible to play.
So, as it stands, there will be 34 aged-over-21 players - and that's not counting for any additional incoming transfers - who will have to reduced to a squad of 25 or fewer registered aged-over-21 Premier League players by the end of the Summer transfer window.
The question is which of these 34 players will be transferred out permanently, which will be loaned out next season, which will be released (free transfers) and which will be retained but omitted from the registered first-team squad and therefore only eligible for our U23 side.
I imagine that Garbutt, Jagielka, Kone, Lennon and Valencia are the likeliest departures from the current squad, while there remain question marks over the contracts for Barkley and Lukaku.
It will be very interesting to see how big a turnaround is carried out by Ronald Koeman and Steve Walsh this Summer.

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