According to a recent report from The Times, Andre Gomes’ future remains far from certain heading into the January transfer window. The 25-year-old plays his football at European giants Barcelona but is currently on loan at Premier League club Everton, and several impressive performances for the Toffees in recent weeks has prompted speculation about a possible permanent move for the midfielder.
And reports suggest that Gomes himself isn’t keen on a return to Barca at the conclusion of his loan spell, but some reports have suggested that he has a £90 million buy-out clause in his current contract at the Nou Camp.
But given just how integral he has been to Marco Silva’s side in recent times, Everton have to show top six calibre by landing the 25-year-old, whatever the price Barcelona demand.
Ultimately, the Toffees spent big during the summer luring the likes of Richarlison, Yerry Mina, and Lucas Digne to Goodison Park, thus equipping new manager Silva with the tools needed to take the club forward this season.
However, the central midfield department was one area lacking in sufficient quality given the unconvincing displays of Tom Davies and Morgan Schneiderlin, while James McCarthy’s lengthy time on the sidelines with injury was hardly helping Silva’s cause.
Yet Gomes has recovered from injury and since been an absolute revelation in the middle of the park for the Merseysiders, starting each of their last seven Premier League matches, in which time Silva’s men have won three and lost on just two occasions.
And it was his man-of-the-match display against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in the derby on Sunday which really made several sit up and take note, as the Portugal international was outstanding in dominating the middle of the park.
His calmness and composure on the ball, alongside his willingness to get forward and help out in attack, expertly complements the tenacious Idrissa Gueye, who is much better off the ball in breaking up play and making tackles and interceptions – between the two of them, they have everything a Premier League central midfield partnership needs to succeed.
And that is why Everton have to do whatever it takes to lure Gomes to Goodison Park permanently – he was a class above on Sunday, with it arguable that he would get in some of the teams in the top six.
But if Everton are serious about bridging that gap to the best teams in the country, they themselves have to show that level of ambition and financial clout to bring a calibre of player like Gomes to Goodison Park.
And having flexed their financial muscle in recent seasons, the Toffees must lure £13.5 million-rated Gomes (as per Transfermarkt) to the blue half of Merseyside on a permanent deal, whatever price it takes.
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