Marco Silva says that Everton will have a conversation with Barcelona about the possibility of signing André Gomes on a permanent basis when the time is right.
The Portuguese midfielder has slotted seamlessly into the Toffees' midfield since arriving from La Liga on a season-long loan over the summer and overcoming a hamstring injury that delayed his introduction to the Premier League for two months.
Gomes produced his most accomplished display to date during Everton's 1-0 win over Cardiff City on Saturday, dictating the tempo of the game from the middle of the park and also starting to venture further forward and contribute more in the final third.
The midfielder hammered one shot into the side-netting and produced another moment of deft footwork to work space for a dangerous centre from the byline, further examples of his talents that have ratcheted up the desire among Evertonians for the club to tie him down on a permanent transfer as soon as possible.
Much will depend on what Gomes wants, not to mention Barcelona's willingness to sell a player who struggled to settle at the Nou Camp following a big-money move from Valencia two years ago. It was reported that the Spanish giants had quoted Everton a price of £35m to sign him last summer which would explain why an initial loan deal was preferred.
Silva was asked again by the Liverpool Echo if negotiating a full transfer for Gomes was in the works and he admitted that it would behoove the Blues hierarchy to try and make that happen but it won't be until next summer.
“I think in the right moment we have to do something to achieve one player like André,” Silva said. “We have time to do that.
“We are happy with him, he is enjoying the moment here and I don't think it is a good moment to talk every week because it's better they (Barcelona) forget about him a little bit!
“You go there in the right moment. André is enjoying his time but we don't want to put this pressure of a decision on him. It is early.
“When you make a loan, and not just André but Zouma as well, if you can do something tomorrow then you have to do it but football is not like that.
“At the end of the season we will talk to the players and with the clubs and after then we will take the decision or not.”
Director of Football, Marcel Brands, spoke along similar lines in Mundo Deportivo in Spain, saying:
"The season just started. We are happy with Andre, but will depend on him if he wants to continue with us.”
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1 Posted 26/11/2018 at 07:33:58
2 Posted 26/11/2018 at 08:14:54
3 Posted 26/11/2018 at 08:53:44
I hope young Davies learns from watching him how he moves the ball quickly and forward at every opportunity.
Barcelona will typically play hardball but the player himself will have no desire to return to the Nou Camp after what happened.
4 Posted 26/11/2018 at 09:00:52
This could be further complicated by other teams watching him too, and expressing an interest, which would again hike the price up.
It is so infuriating to think of the money that has been totally wasted on buying duds, not just the fees but bloated contracts, over the past two or three years, prior to Marcel's and Marco's arrival.
I think most of us agree that Gomes is worth a hefty fee but, at the end of the day, it's not a bottomless money pit.
5 Posted 26/11/2018 at 09:04:05
I do not think him going back to Barca will be a problem as why would he chance a repeat of his previous history with them? More of a problem for us is the fact his ability has put him in the shop window for other clubs!
I am sure Marcel and Marco will have it all covered when the time for a decision comes round.
6 Posted 26/11/2018 at 09:45:08
I think Gomes's arrival has shown what most Premier League teams are missing, not just us: Midfield control and calm.
7 Posted 26/11/2018 at 10:08:48
8 Posted 26/11/2018 at 10:14:24
Are we capable of that yet? History would say it will take 2 -3 seasons not 2-3 weeks.
9 Posted 26/11/2018 at 10:20:28
10 Posted 26/11/2018 at 10:53:47
I loved his eye roll after one piece of trickery got him past the defender and he flashed a sublime cross into the box with no-one in there.
11 Posted 26/11/2018 at 10:59:26
With the current line-up, I believe Seamus will get his wish and we will turn up and give them a game. Both Man Utd and Arsenal were fortunate to take all three points from their games against us, due in part to either Gueye or Gomes not playing.
12 Posted 26/11/2018 at 11:04:01
As soon as he came into the side, it was like a new team. He is the top class midfield player we have been waiting for. He makes the game look easy and maybe for him it is.
After years of endless combinations that looked decent but eventually failed, we finally have a midfield that complement each other and look as good as any in the Premier League. If we have to choose between buying a top striker or buying Gomes, then keep Gomes.
13 Posted 26/11/2018 at 11:16:27
His work rate, strength and skill on the ball has also impressed me.
I like Mooy at Huddersfield, a similar player but Gomes has far more quality.
I think he'd want another crack at Barca (I can't blame him) but, if we could get him, I've no problem with a £30m to £40m valuation.
14 Posted 26/11/2018 at 11:26:57
15 Posted 26/11/2018 at 11:39:40
Spot on about Aaron Mooy, we should make a serious move for this player – he reminds me so much of a Peter Reid (but with more pace).
Of course, Gomes would be my first signing and let's hope we can do a deal.
18 Posted 26/11/2018 at 11:42:34
Since he came in, Gueye has returned to being one of the most effective players in the league. Sigurdsson has started to play like a £45 million player. The fact that their form improving coincided with Gomes's entry into the team is no coincidence.
£35 million in today's market. Well worth it.
(GGG) Gueye, Gomes and Gylfi is up there with the best midfields in the Premier League.
19 Posted 26/11/2018 at 11:49:17
Someone on here, it may have been Mark Wilson, commented about the number of passes Gomes overhit on Saturday. I noticed that too, and wondered to myself whether that was a reason why he struggled at Barca, or whether it simply showed that some of our players are not quite up to speed with him yet?
20 Posted 26/11/2018 at 12:45:39
If he costs £30mil, £40 mil or £50mil?
We need to pay it regardless.
Zouma is a fantastic third-choice centre-back and should be brought in permanently too; Holgate as fourth choice is a strong position to be in.
We then arguably only need a striker and another 'keeper and we are potentially top-6 material.
Exciting times, ladies and gents, exciting times.
21 Posted 26/11/2018 at 13:12:49
22 Posted 26/11/2018 at 13:26:43
23 Posted 26/11/2018 at 13:46:35
We need a lot more goals from the front 4 — THEN we will be top 4 material. If one signing can do that, great... but I suspect a bit of tinkering needs to happen yet. I guess, if we can move Richarlison back over to the left, it will help.
It is significant that Walcott was the reason we won on Saturday but only indirectly. He is a very good player but start sticking it in the net, Theo, because we need someone who will if you don't!
24 Posted 26/11/2018 at 14:53:12
Of course we will try to sign him. I don't imagine £35m will be a problem and I have a hunch that feeling loved and appreciated may be just as important to him as Champions League football.
But if, for any reason, the move does not happen then I have huge confidence in Brands and Silva to find an alternative.
Richarlison, Mina, Digne, Bernard, Gomes and Zouma. Have we ever had such a successful Premier League transfer window as last Summer? Perhaps the Lukaku, McCarthy, Barry one?
25 Posted 26/11/2018 at 15:34:00
26 Posted 26/11/2018 at 15:50:13
27 Posted 26/11/2018 at 16:03:15
The weight has probably lifted, and it's hopefully just a little bit of excitement at being able to play free again, especially when he could have just rolled half of these passes gently into space... and especially because it's easy from the sidelines as well!
28 Posted 26/11/2018 at 16:05:03
I'd like to think he is very open to the possibility of making the loan something more permanent. He doesn't strike me as a Manny Fernandes.
29 Posted 26/11/2018 at 16:23:39
It would be great to sign Gomes before January and therefore keep any potential vultures away from him. As many have said, he looks really settled at the club. His video when he done a bus tour round the city before buying a young supporter an Everton hoodie and scarf seems to suggest so.
30 Posted 26/11/2018 at 16:24:04
31 Posted 26/11/2018 at 16:31:33
The ball's in Barca's court, always has been; hopefully he keeps turning in these great displays, as he has=s been doing. Make sure he feels the love from us fans, this is his new home now so let's make him feel welcome and want to stay.
32 Posted 26/11/2018 at 16:47:40
It is unreasonable to expect Sigurdsson and Richarlison to carry the goal burden alone.
Bernard, despite his silky skills, couldn't hit a cow's arse with a banjo and Theo seems to have lost his hunger or confidence or both.
Gana also needs to improve his shooting to justify a place in a top six team.
Despite all the creativity and domination against Cardiff, we still only scored one goal. That is extremely worrying.
33 Posted 26/11/2018 at 18:30:45
34 Posted 26/11/2018 at 19:50:18
As for Gana, it's not a priority for him to be able to score goals; not his job, Just look at the top 6 ventral defensive midfielders: Kante, Torerria, Henderson, Dembele etc — none of whom are known for the scoring capabilities but all are top players in their positions. (Don't quote me on Henderson!)
35 Posted 26/11/2018 at 20:07:44
Bernard needs to get a goal and I'm convinced he'll grow into the league more (not a height joke).
If he isn't up to it, I'd like to see Calvert-Lewin given a go up top. His pace and movement can create space for others, and he can interchange with a left hand sided Richarlison and a right hand sided Walcott or Lookman.
36 Posted 26/11/2018 at 20:43:06
I'd like to think Marcel is building a plan to sign him full time. Let's see him flourish and this season EFC kick on with Gomes and he is here for pre-season.
Gomes and a proven centre-forward is the wish list. I reckon, next summer, there'll be a few new players in but more going out.
37 Posted 26/11/2018 at 21:02:37
That said, I don't think he's been all that brilliant. More a case of a better start than perhaps one could hope to expect, coming off a morale-sapping failure at Barca and a nasty injury. I think his biggest effect so far has been enabling others in the team to play better because their roles are more clearly defined, especially Sigurdsson who, lest we forget, spent most of last season festering on the left wing because we had a surfeit of No 10s.
As others have said, this is going to come down to Barca and whether they have a clear idea of how they would use Gomes, and if they can persuade him of their plans. if they can. He won't be staying here, but I think there is a good chance they don't have a clear plan for him and if they do, that it's once bitten, twice shy. Let's hope so.
A shout out for Digne. Of all the signings, he is the one I was most ambivalent about but he has perhaps been the best of all of them.
38 Posted 26/11/2018 at 21:39:44
I hope Brands and Silva have a Plan B!!!
39 Posted 26/11/2018 at 22:58:52
40 Posted 26/11/2018 at 23:57:37
I still remember that shocking tackle by Billy Whitehurst. Bracewell was already an England international at 22, and still nowhere near his prime, and all set for the World Cup in Mexico. It put him out of the game for over two years; he never played for England again, and was never the same player.
41 Posted 27/11/2018 at 00:23:16
He seems to get better each week, especially as his fitness and strength continues to grow, but the worrying thing is he will see he's suited to the league and his agent will most probably speak to every club about, once this happens wages start to become an issue.
Also, Barca hold all the cards as we don't have an option to buy... so, every time he plays well, his value increases.
Would anyone be surprised to see Man City take him? If ever there was a City/Pep style player, then Gomes was it. Fernandinho will be 34 before the end of the season, Silva ain't far behind and Delph is a million miles behind Gomes.
42 Posted 27/11/2018 at 06:24:15
Now we have moved on as club since then, with Brands coming on board and the new stadium now being more than just talk. We have seen a better calibre of player signed under Brands. I would place Gomes as a step up and a tangible sign of progress should a permanent deal happen.
Gomes seems an intelligent sensitive guy, and being made to feel wanted should carry a lot in our favour.
Simon Smith #41, Yes, I could see Pep wanting Gomes in the summer and should he, he would most probably get him and in the wider context it would be another way to keep Everton in their place.
43 Posted 27/11/2018 at 09:09:36
He looks to have bought into the club, hopefully that will count for something because, like others on this thread, I reckon other big clubs will be sniffing around at the end of the season.
44 Posted 27/11/2018 at 11:02:17
If we can get 4th spot, I think he will stay, and be bought for £40m – even then, Barca will have a buyback clause in there.
If we come 6th and Europa League bound, I hope we can convince him to stay and convince him we will strengthen further for next season and a credible top 4 assault.
45 Posted 27/11/2018 at 11:02:24
I also think that the player is savvy enough to realise that most Champions League clubs have large quality squads, and one or two below-par performances could result in weeks either on the bench or in the reserves.
Having experienced that at Barca, he would not want to repeat it. I personally think, if we can qualify for the Europa League (not ideal), it would be enough for the team to acclimatise to European Football. The likes of Gomes would be tempted to stay in the knowledge that, if fit, he is almost an automatic choice.
46 Posted 27/11/2018 at 11:07:10
For the first time since the '80s I see an Everton midfield that has the ability and potential to be world class.
It says a lot when fans name Theo Walcott as the weak link! Wasn't he our best midfielder last season!?
Gomes isn't stupid and probably looks around the dressing room at a potential Champions League team and knows that he is becoming a fundamental part of it. I expect him to stay.
As for Brands, I look forward to the list of players he has in his vault. I'm sure he has a plan to advance us over the next couple of years and I can't wait to see who he brings here.
47 Posted 27/11/2018 at 11:08:27
Not only does the player want the move, the club selling him, who in this case are a monster of a club in terms of clout, have a major say.
If a better offer comes in, from a better positioned club, we have to hope that the feelgood factor he is hopefully currently feeling is enough to influence his choice personally.
48 Posted 27/11/2018 at 11:58:27
If anything, our recent experience with Bobby Brown Shoes should teach us that. Didn't it cost us over £10 million to sack him? It would have been a lot less if we hadn't changed his terms halfway through his first season.
49 Posted 27/11/2018 at 13:47:45
50 Posted 27/11/2018 at 19:03:51
51 Posted 27/11/2018 at 21:08:29
Talking of Paul Bracewell, does anyone remember the cross-field pass he played to Trevor Steven who then took it on and scored against Sunderland? Even the Sunderland supporters applauded the pass and goal.
53 Posted 27/11/2018 at 21:42:11
54 Posted 27/11/2018 at 22:12:36
55 Posted 27/11/2018 at 22:28:40
56 Posted 27/11/2018 at 22:37:40
As others have suggested, I'm guessing that Gomes's hellish experience last season means he'll prioritize playing somewhere he feels comfortable. I suspect Silva's presence, among other factors, will go a long way towards tipping the odds in our favour.
57 Posted 27/11/2018 at 22:44:23
Neil, Steven won goal of the season for that but I still talk about that pass as the best I've ever seen. He was facing the wrong way when he hit it.
58 Posted 28/11/2018 at 10:47:43
Yes, also my favourite player. I've never been a regular at Goodison but I was present at that Sunderland game (in April 85?) and better still took a couple of mates from Yorkshire who were Leeds Utd fans. What a game to take them too! They were well impressed (and in those days were impressed with the ground too).
Jimmy Hill on the MotD made a point of that pass from Bracewell to Steven and on the back of that he got into the England team (at a time when getting picked for England was a BIG DEAL). I was one very proud Toffee.
Such a shame he was injured in '86. Cost England the World Cup and Everton the Treble – I'm sure.
59 Posted 28/11/2018 at 11:13:54
60 Posted 28/11/2018 at 11:54:50
Billy Shitehurst should have been banned for life – a yard dog of the lowest pedigree.
61 Posted 28/11/2018 at 17:57:41
62 Posted 28/11/2018 at 19:35:13
What a team we were... and, although Bracewell's pass got the plaudits, Andy Gray's first header is still my favourite ever Everton team goal.
63 Posted 28/11/2018 at 22:17:48
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