According to a recent report from The Daily Telegraph, Tottenham are interested in a January move for midfielder Andre Gomes.
The 25-year-old is currently on the books at Spanish giants Barcelona but is playing his football at Premier League side Everton this term following a loan move in the summer, with his fine start to life on Merseyside seemingly attracting the attention of Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.
And that’s because reports suggest that the North London outfit, like Everton, are eyeing up a permanent move come the New Year, but it is absolutely integral that Marco Silva’s Toffees keep hold of the £13.5 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) in January, as it is the only way that they can mix it with the Premier League’s big boys in years to come.
Ultimately, Everton have invested heavily in the last few years to try and build a squad capable of challenging the Premier League’s top six sides, with the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Yerry Mina, and Richarlison all making the move to Goodison Park for big money.
As such, new boss Silva appears to have perhaps the most talented Toffees squad seen for some time at his disposal, and there is no doubting that midfielder Gomes is a huge part of that team given the start he has made to life in the Premier League.
The 25-year-old may have missed the first eight games of the season due to injury, but he has since come into the side and been an absolute revelation in starting their last eight matches, in which time he has helped the Toffees to three wins and three draws.
And with several impressive performances, not least in dominating the midfield in the Merseyside derby at the start of the month, it’s clear that Gomes is the sort of player Everton need if they are to mix it with the division’s best sides – undoubtedly, he is a top six player.
And losing him to Tottenham, one of those teams Everton will be looking at to try and get near in the coming years, would put them back to square one – Spurs would inherit a great midfielder to plug their void in the middle, and the Toffees would be left with the same concerns regarding the centre of the pitch as they had last season.
Ultimately, if Everton are serious about building under Silva and thus competing with the top six in the Premier League in the near future, they absolutely cannot be in the business of selling their best players, let alone selling them to top six rivals.
And that is why retaining Gomes beyond January at the expense of Pochettino’s Spurs is absolutely vital – it’s the only way they can mix it with the big boys in the years to come.
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