Marcel Brands has been widely hailed for his decision to bring Andre Gomes to Goodison Park in the summer transfer window, but a recent report suggests he may live to regret the terms of the deal.
Gomes has arrived at Everton on a season-long loan, but there is no agreement in place which will enable the club to turn his temporary stay into a permanent one.
It didn’t take long for just about everybody involved with the club to decide that Gomes is the real deal. Orchestrating proceedings with classy footwork and immaculate technique, Gomes has stolen plenty of hearts on Merseyside in recent months.
Discussion of a permanent deal is already well underway, but there could yet be a twist in the tale in the shape of Tottenham Hotspur.
Indeed, according to a recent report from the Daily Telegraph, Tottenham are interested in signing Gomes in the 2019 summer transfer window, and head scout Steve Hitchen has already been to watch the Portugal international in action.
Although Gomes’ harmonious start to life at Everton should give them an advantage in the transfer market, the fact Spurs are likely to be in a position to offer Champions League football next summer could be crucial.
But even if Everton do manage to conclude a deal for Gomes there is no doubt Tottenham’s interest will put Barcelona in a commanding position to demand a huge transfer fee on the negotiating table.
After falling down the pecking order at Barcelona, who signed Gomes for £41.7 million, his transfer value would have been relatively low in the summer, but after impressing at Everton his asking price will be edging towards the fee the Catalan giants parted with to secure his signature in 2016.
With that said, it’s fair to say Brands missed an opportunity to include an option-to-buy clause as part of the loan deal.
That opportunity has been missed and, one way or another, Everton will pay the price – whether it be through an inflated transfer fee or by missing out on Gomes altogether to Tottenham or another rival club.
Brands has concluded some excellent deals in the transfer market this year, but he missed a trick in negotiations over the deal to sign Gomes.
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