Opinion

£13.5m-rated Barcelona playmaker the perfect partner for Gueye in Everton midfield

Considering the project he has in mind and the ambitions held, Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri would’ve been extremely disappointed with how the Toffees’ season finished.

Everton, after all, are a club Moshiri hopes to see in the Champions League in the near future. A poor campaign both in terms of league position and style of football has seen Sam Allardyce sacked as manager and replaced with Marco Silva.

And now significant changes to the squad are expected to be made as the transfer window progresses.

One area that is likely to be addressed is midfield. The Toffees certainly have the numbers in that position but sorely lack quality there. Whether Silva sets his team up in a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 shape, Idrissa Gueye probably already has a spot in the middle of the park wrapped up.

Now it’s all about finding the Senegal international a partner – or someone to play just in front of him – and the player that should be looked at for the role in question is Barcelona’s Andre Gomes.

Gomes, who is valued at £13.5m by Transfermarkt, would complement Gueye nicely in the side. While the former Aston Villa midfielder breaks down attacks, Gomes would be the man to spray passes forward and get Everton on the front foot.

Even though he’s not a regular at Barcelona, Gomes could catch the La Liga champions a large fee with a host of top European sides likely to be interested in the Portugal international’s services.

But Moshiri’s backing puts Everton in a good position, and Gomes is exactly the calibre of player the club should be targeting.

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