As per a report from Spanish outlet Sport, Tottenham look to have stolen a march on Everton in the race to sign Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes.
25-year-old Portuguese international Gomes made the big-money move to Barcelona from Valencia in the summer of 2016.
The Blaugrana splashed out an initial 35 million Euro, plus a potential 20 million in bonuses on his signature, beating off competition from fierce rivals Real Madrid to secure Gomes’ arrival.
However, the gifted midfielder’s two campaigns in Catalunya subsequently proved one massive disappointment.
And, following early-season injury troubles, Gomes subsequently went on to establish himself as a vital cog in the Toffees’ midfield ranks over the months that followed.
The Portuguese star 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 went on to confirm that the Merseysiders would attempt to make the midfielder’s move to Goodison Park permanent, come 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.’
Gomes’ performances have since proven somewhat hit-and-miss at times , with the 25-year-old having actually sat out Everton’s last 3 outings through suspension, following a nasty stamp on Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrović last month.
Spurs join the fray
Nevertheless, though, there have been few suggestions that the Everton board have been swayed in their judgement that Gomes would prove an excellent permanent addition to their squad, come the end of the campaign.
As per the aforementioned report from Sport this afternoon, however, the Toffees’ hopes of securing the Barcelona outcast’s signature look set to come under serious threat imminently.
This comes on the back of claims that Tottenham have entered the fray for Gomes.
In fact, the north Londoners are even said to have held meetings with the midfielder’s representatives this week.
During these talks, as per Sport, it was agreed that Spurs would lodge a 30 million Euro bid to Barcelona.
In addition, crucially, Gomes himself is said to be ‘in favour’ of joining the Champions League finalists.