Everton owe FC Barcelona more than €50million (£44.9m) after the signings of Andre Gomes, Yerry Mina and Lucas Digne, according to recent financial figures published by the La Liga heavyweights cited by the Liverpool Echo.
The Blues secured permanent deals for Mina and Digne late in the summer window of 2018 after prolonged negotiations with Barcelona, while signing Gomes on an initial loan deal which they turned permanent this summer.
Everton’s capture of Digne cost the Toffees £18million (BBC) in 2018 as they penned the French left-back to a five-year contract, after the defender lifted one La Liga trophy and two Copas del Rey while at the Camp Nou.
Mina, meanwhile, set the Merseyside outfit back €30.25m (£27.19m, via BBC) after impressing at that year’s World Cup in Russia, despite struggling to establish himself in Spain a year on from leaving Brazil and joining Barcelona from Palmeiras for £10.4m in 2017.
Gomes’ initial arrival on loan also set the Blues back £2m, who later agreed to spend a further £22m (BBC) to retain his services on a permanent deal after he featured in 29 games across all competitions in Marco Silva’s first term at the club.
Figures published by Barcelona on June 30, 2019 show that Everton are still yet to pay more than €50m of the fees agreed in the past 14 months, as €26m (£23.3m) has to be transferred within the next year – broken down into instalments of €9.6m (£8.6m) for Gomes, €6.7m (£6m) for Digne and €9.8m (£8.8m) for Mina.
Further instalments totalling €27.4m (£24.6m) are then due in the 2020/21 season and beyond, with €14.3m (£12.8m) of that for Gomes, €3.3m (£2.9m) for Digne and €9.7m (£8.7m) for Mina.
Everton managing to spread the three transfer fees out over numerous seasons shows smart management by Toffees Director of Football Marcel Brands, who was able to couple Digne and Mina’s arrivals last year with that of Richarlison.
The Dutchman may not have been able to strike an agreement with Watford to pay up to £50m (BBC) for the winger had he been forced into paying Barcelona’s fees in one lump sum, and this same method surely helped the club to sign Alex Iwobi for up to £34m (BBC) alongside Gomes this summer, as well as £25m man Jean-Philippe Gbamin (BBC), potential £27.5m (BBC) striker Moise Kean and Fabian Delph for up to £10m (BBC).
Brands and Everton will also likely have created a structure for how they will tackle future windows, knowing that certain funds are already set aside to be spent on deals completed years before.
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