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.
As fallout begins from Barcelona’s losses in the UEFA Champions League semifinals and Copa del Rey Final, players are being linked with moves away from the Camp Nou.
Andre Gomes, 25, already spent a year away from Barca, playing around 2000 minutes on loan to Everton this season.
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The Times says that Everton would like to keep the player, but West Ham has made a $22 million bid for the EURO 2016 winner.
Meanwhile, Metro says that Xherdan Shaqiri could be one-and-done at Liverpool, making room for another Reds’ buy.
Samuel Chukwuese is the name, and the 20-year-old Nigerian plies his trade at Villarreal.
The Yellow Submarine flirted with relegation this season, taxed by the Europa League, and Chukwuese was a bright spot. He scored seven goals and added three assists in 38 matches across all competitions.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) Ousmane Dembele, Luis Suarez and Andre Gomes scored as Barcelona beat South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns 3-1 on Wednesday in a friendly marking 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela.
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Lionel Messi didn’t start the game at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg but drew a roar from the crowd as big as any other on the night when he got up off the bench and started to warm up 20 minutes into the second half. He came on for the last 15 minutes. Andres Iniesta did start in his return to the stadium where he won the World Cup for Spain in 2010.
Dembele, Suarez and Gomes all took advantage of defensive errors, with Dembele curling a left-foot shot into net in the third minute and Suarez doubling the lead in the 18th minute. Gomes added the third in the 66th.
Sibusiso Vilakazi scored Sundowns’ goal late on but the Spanish champions were in cruise control against the South African league winner. Barcelona returns home to play its last game of the Spanish season on Sunday against Real Sociedad, Iniesta’s farewell match after 22 years at Barcelona.
Tottenham Hotspur are pushing ahead for a Deadline Day move for Barcelona’s Andre Gomes.
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Spurs signed Serge Aurier early on Deadline Day from Paris Saint-Germain for $30 million, while they are close to announcing an $18 million deal for Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente.
As for Gomes, the Portugal international only joined Barcelona last summer from Valencia for $45 million but it is believed he is available on a season-long loan deal with Spurs in talks to get the deal over the line.
Tottenham were said to have competition from Premier League and London rivals West Ham for Gomes’ signature but the central midfielder looks likely to head to north London and Spurs.
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The 24-year-old has found it tough to break into Barca’s first team last season and is not in Ernesto Valverde’s plans this season with no appearances for the Catalan club so far.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino had previously been linked with a move for Ross Barkley but with the Everton midfielder struggling with an injury and short of match fitness it is believed Spurs may move for Barkley in the January transfer window instead.
Right now Gomes, a creative central midfielder, seems to be their main priority as he will provide valuable competition for Christian Eriksen, Mousa Dembele and Harry Winks in central midfield as a two-way player rather then compete with holders Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier.
File this under farfetched, but also put it on file: Andre Gomes could be on the market.
Purchased by Barcelona just last year, Marca is reporting that the Portuguese youngster could leave the Camp Nou because of the club’s inability to sell Arda Turan.
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The biggest problem with this rumor? New Barca manager Ernesto Valverde hasn’t even trained Gomes yet after the midfielder’s time at the Confederations Cup earned him two weeks away from the club.
That Barca would move on from Gomes would be a bit stunning, but a loan move is possible and almost every team imaginable would want a look at the midfielder, who turned 24 on Monday.
Gomes made his name on loan at Valencia before earning a full-time move to the Mestalla Stadium. In 2016 he moved to Barca, and posted three goals and three assists in 47 appearances. That’s underwhelming to be sure, but this is a EURO-winning midfielder who regularly trots into the XI on one of the best international teams in the world.