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Everton players set for pre-season return as £25m worth of talent arrive

Finch Farm is the home of Everton's Academy as well as the club's first team
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Everton’s pre-season will begin on Monday when most of the squad is due to return to Finch Farm.

Stars and coaching staff will begin the run-in to the final campaign at Goodison Park after a busy close season for the club - and several of the players themselves.

The senior squad will start work this week before heading off to Ireland the following week for a training camp ahead of the club’s first pre-season friendly on the west coast.

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The off-season has been a busy one at Everton with a significant development in the takeover saga dominating headlines following the collapse of the takeover attempt by 777 Partners at the end of May. That paved the way for the US-based Friedkin Group to emerge from a flurry of interest and sign an exclusivity deal with majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri. Representatives of the group, which owns Serie A giants Roma and French lower league side Cannes, have already visited Everton’s Merseyside bases as due diligence work continues ahead of a possible deal.

The early weeks of the transfer window have also been unusually busy, and the impact will be clear on the first day of pre-season. New signings Tim Iroegbunam and Iliman Ndiaye, who have joined from Aston Villa and Marseille respectively, are expected to meet their new teammates for the first time while Jack Harrison will be among familiar faces as he returns on loan from Leeds United.

Mason Holgate and Neal Maupay will also return after spending last season on loan. Holgate spent periods at Southampton and Sheffield United while Maupay was at Brentford, which chose not to trigger a clause to make that deal permanent. Those players who have been on international duty will have staggered returns.

Lewis Dobbin and Ben Godfrey will not be present after deals that took them to Villa and Atalanta, while Andre Gomes, Andy Lonergan, Lewis Warrington and Mackenzie Hunt, who were all part of the first team squad, have now departed following the expiration of their contracts. Lonergan has moved to Wigan Athletic as a player/coach and Hunt has joined League Two side Fleetwood Town. Dele, meanwhile, is no longer under contract at Everton but has been offered the support of the club as he continues his rehabilitation from injury. The 28-year-old has spent the summer so far undergoing training camps, including in London and Portugal.

The players will spend a week at the Halewood training ground before travelling to Ireland, where they will train before a friendly with Sligo Rovers, the club where Blues legend and club captain Seamus Coleman grew up before his move to Merseyside.