Everton is keeping Andre Gomes around, securing the Barcelona man with an approximately $28 million transfer purchase.
The Toffees announced the deal on Tuesday, ensuring that his move back to Barcelona was only temporary after a successful loan stint at Goodison Park last season.
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Gomes, 25, agreed to a five-year deal with Everton.
Here are the thoughts of the man of the hour, from EvertonFC.com:
“I know the Club made a massive effort to sign me and I’m very happy and thankful to them. I said during the year that I felt part of a family and that is the most important thing to me.
“Last year was a really good experience for me. I just wanted to feel part of something special and I found it here. It was good for me in that moment and right now, after signing for Everton, it’s even better. I think the ambition here is not only for me, I think it’s for all the players, the fans and the Club. We are all excited for that.”
Gomes joined Barcelona after making the leap to Valencia from Benfica, and won La Liga in 2017-18. Barca sent him on loan with the Toffees, and he played in 26-straight matches for the Toffees once he overcame an early season injury.
The EURO 2016 winner has 29 caps with Portugal.