As per a report from Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona have revealed the fee that will be required for Everton to secure Andre Gomes’ signature on a permanent basis.
25-year-old Portuguese international Gomes made the big-money move to the Camp Nou from Valencia in the summer of 2016.
Barca splashed out an initial 35 million Euro, plus a potential 20 million bonuses on his signature, beating off competition from fierce rivals Real Madrid to secure Gomes’ arrival.
However, the gifted midfielder’s time in Catalunya over the last two campaigns since proved one massive disappointment.
Gomes looked a shell of the splendid midfield all-rounder he had previously proven himself to be with Valencia, with a seemingly-perpetual lack of confidence and all-round sluggishness having resulted in the 29-time capped international starting just 6 La Liga games last season.
As such, it came as little surprise when Gomes was inevitably linked with a Barcelona departure during the summer.
In the end, despite links with the likes of Juventus and Tottenham, the Benfica youth product eventually made the surprise move to Everton in August:
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 9, 2018
And, following early-season injury troubles, Gomes has, over the last couple of months, established himself as an absolutely vital cog in the middle of the park for the Toffees.
The Portuguese star has rediscovered much of the confidence which had been missing from his game over the last couple of seasons, with Gomes’ drive and creative influence one of the key factors behind Everton’s run of just one loss in 10 Premier League outings between the end of October and the middle of December.
As such, Toffees’ boss Marco Silva unsurprisingly confirmed last month that the Merseysiders will attempt to make the midfielder’s move to Goodison Park permanent, either this month or in the summer:
‘I don’t have doubts about his value. He’s a high quality player. And anything we can to sign someone like him will be important for us.’
‘Let’s see in the future what we can do.’
And, as per the aforementioned report from Mundo Deportivo, Everton are now aware of the fee that will be required to secure Gomes’ signature.
The 25-year-old is said to hold a price-tag of 25 million Euro. The board at Goodison Park, therefore, will be widely-expected to sanction such an offer.
However, Everton may yet face competition in their bid to bid to sign Gomes outright.
The Daily Telegraph reported last month that Tottenham remain interested in the Toffees’ loanee, and could yet launch a bid of their own for his signature.