Carlo Ancelotti promised an evolution and not a revolution at Everton this summer.
But, what appears will still be somewhat of a revolving door at the club if not a major overhaul, has yet to get moving.
It is not simply a one-in-one-out policy at Goodison Park in this transfer window. Nor is it as basic as they must sell before they buy.
But there is a feeling that books will need to be balanced by outgoings to offset some of the spending the Italian wants to do.
Toffees boss Ancelotti will be allowed to invest in the squad he has made clear needs improvement to take them on to the next level.
But the knock-on effects of the coronavirus pandemic have left the transfer market unstable.
Everton are no different from most clubs who are wary of the financial implications of the pandemic.
The fact there is no way of knowing for sure when supporters will be allowed back into grounds is one major issue.
Without paying punters, income is down and therefore keeping on top of the accounts is more difficult.
With no European football, the Blues are more reliant on gate receipts than some of their rivals.
But the Toffees can’t be left behind in the Premier League either.
They appointed Ancelotti and promised him the backing to take them up the table to be challenging for European places.
He has made it clear the current squad, as it is, will not be able to do that.
Midfield is a key area he wants to improve.
The Italian has informed the hierarchy at the club that Napoli’s Allan is the one he wants in the role but he won’t come cheap with reports across the continent claiming the Italian side want up to £36m for the Brazilian.
Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure was a target of director of football Marcel Brands and former boss Marco Silva last summer.
It is understood the Frenchman remains on the radar but, as he would also be a substantial outlay, it may not be likely that the Toffees sign two midfielders.
While talks have taken place about Atletico Madrid right-back Santiago Arias to compete for the position with Seamus Coleman.
But, it would appear, Jonjoe Kenny’s future would need to be resolved first on that matter with the 23-year-old full-back returning from a loan spell at Schalke and interested in fighting for his place.
While a centre-back is now a position that may not go for after a failure in bringing Arsenal-bound Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes to the club despite being close to before the pandemic.
Everton cannot afford to waste money in the market as, even before a virus wrecked the world economy, they had too many misses on investments under owner Farhad Moshiri.
The fact Sandro Ramirez and Yannick Bolasie still need to be moved on and remain on substantial wages is proof of that while Mo Besic is another well out of Ancelotti’s future plans.
All three have one year left on their current contracts so for any money to be made back they need to go in this window.
While Brazilian ace Bernard has not been a regular starter with Ancelotti so a decent bid may tempt the Toffees into making a tidy profit from the free signing who arrived in 2018.
Ancelotti said ideally he wanted new faces in before pre-season training began but also accepted that would not be easy given the current circumstances.
He has worked with some of the best players to have ever played the game so between him and Brands the right improvements will be expected, even if it is a tricky time for transfers ahead of the October 5 deadline.