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Conflicting rumours regarding Gomes's future

| Saturday, 06 April 2019 55comments  |  Jump to last
André Gomes remains a reported target of Tottenham Hotspur but there are suggestions on Merseyside that he is ready to settle in the northwest as he prepares to sign for Everton on a permanent deal.

Rumour has it that Gomes has been house hunting in the area amid further speculation that the Blues could conclude a transfer agreement with Barcelona.

The Portuguese has spent the season on loan at Goodison Park and has been a success alongside Idrissa Gueye in central midfield but there were no guarantees that Everton would be able to tie him down to a full-time contract.

Those doubts will remain as long as media outlets continue to push stories that Tottenham are ready to spend £30m (the amount it is believed Everton would have to pay Barça for his services) on stealing Gomes away this summer as The Telegraph are now reporting.

However, Gomes himself might have offered the biggest hint about his future with a cryptic tweet in reply to the Liverpool Echo when they publicised Phil Kirkbride's recent interview with him.

The midfielder simply put a signature emoji in his tweet, a possible nod that he is close to putting pen to paper on an Everton contract.

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Steven Bencz
1 Posted 06/04/2019 at 22:19:59
I would like to keep him but, if he costs over £30M, I would look for a younger talent or two.
Bill Watson
2 Posted 06/04/2019 at 22:49:09
At £30m, or even better @ E30m, Gomes would be an absolute steal and his best years should still be ahead of him.

We're approaching the pre transfer window speculation/manufactured stories period so expect more of this nonsense about Gomes, Richarlison, Bernard etc.

Si Pulford
3 Posted 07/04/2019 at 01:07:56
Anyone saying we shouldn’t sign him for 30 million plus needs to have a word. Mina and Keane cost 20 odd each and this guy is on a different level. At his best he runs games. His composure under pressure is as good as I have ever seen. Yes he had a dip- but he had an injury, no pre season and is playing in a new league after limited game time at Barca. This guy is 100% the real deal. Along with Digne he is already the best footballer at the club. Imagine him after a full pre season and injury free?! He has the ability and potential to be the best signing we’ve made in a long time. At his best he had an arrogance that we haven’t had since Arteta at his peak- and he had the potential to be better than the best little Spaniard. Fantastic player, just hope he isn’t snaffled by a CL club.
Soren Moyer
4 Posted 07/04/2019 at 02:47:12
Sign him up ASAP!
Sam Hoare
5 Posted 07/04/2019 at 07:40:36
I said on a previous thread that he’s clearly a very decent player but does not control enough games. It’s all very well having some good touches here and there but he does not make a lot of tackles and he does not score or create a lot of of goals. But perhaps he will.

£30m is a lot still for a player and could get us a lot of decent players some who’d bring more goals or assists or tackles or athleticism. Or maybe all 4. I wonder how much Tielemans would cost, he’s looked very impressive for Leicester in his short time there.

Don’t get me wrong, Gomes is a good player and on his day a very useful asset. At 25 he’s a good age though possibly the older end of Brands wishlist spectrum. Much will depend on the midfield blend that Silva wants and if Gueye insists on leaving which at 29 he might then we will certainly need some more pace around the middle.

I expect that Gomes wants to stay, after Barcelona getting football and being happy and appreciated is clearly a priority, he has those things here and may not want to risk losing them. And I suspect Silva, who has played him in nearly every match since his injury, will want to keep him.

If he performs more often like he did at West Ham then he will be an astute purchase but I’d still like to see a bit more end product and consistency from someone who costs that much.

Michael Burke
6 Posted 07/04/2019 at 08:19:25
Sam, have you missed the last few transfer windows. £30m will not afford us a few decent players. If you're lucky it will get 1 decent player. As we've seen, spending £20m plus doesn't even guarantee a first team player now. I hope Brands and Silva are a little more savvy in the transfer market than our previous managers.
Jimmy Salt
7 Posted 07/04/2019 at 08:28:56
Up against a good team today, lets see how he gets on.
Martin Berry
8 Posted 07/04/2019 at 09:00:37
Who really knows the fee as yet ? however I would guess at £25m as he was not wanted at Barca and had a torrid time, they maybe happy with that.
If the Spurs rumours are true, lets hope we get him before our last match at their ground otherwise the site of that stadium may turn his head.
Dave Abrahams
9 Posted 07/04/2019 at 09:08:40
Michael (6), I think Sam meant £30M would get us one decent player who might turn out to be a better buy than Gomes, because he is not convinced Gomes can perform consistently enough.
Paul Brown
10 Posted 07/04/2019 at 09:42:29
Spurs are the Premier League minge bags. Levy would try and fuck Barcelona around over the fee anyway. Yesterday's news of a 12-player fire sale going on tells me it's a “no-no”.

They have just opened a new ground that was massively over-budget... so, as well as interest to pay for, they will have to sell to buy to get anyone in. So forking out £30M would make Levy baulk.

Sam Hoare
11 Posted 07/04/2019 at 09:54:14
Yes Michael@6 perhaps I did not express myself well (early morning post!) but as Dave recognized I meant there are some very decent £30m players out there. I will write my annual transfer article in a few weeks and try to identify some of them. Gomes would certainly be on the list but I don’t know if he’d be top of it.
Joey Crawley
12 Posted 07/04/2019 at 10:14:29
Andre is one of the greatest players this club has seen in a blue jersey since Ball, not you Michael, at £35 million he will be a steal, at £60 million he’d be a good buy at current market value and if for some bizarre reason he ends up at Spurs then we can rest assured that EFC will remain a feeder club for CL clubs and the status quo of best of the rest will remain as our true moto for many years to come, I can just about remember Nil Satis Nisi Optimum and if Farhad and Marcel let this guy go without puttin up one he’ll of a PR and financial fight we may as well re-design our crest all over again with a scroll declaring Everyone’s For Sale OVNO.
Frank Crewe
13 Posted 07/04/2019 at 11:15:37
@Steven Bencz 1

Younger? He's only 25. How much younger do you want? He's just coming into his prime years. He is exactly the type of player Everton should be buying, strong, skilful, a threat to any opposition and if the price of £30 million is true he would be a bargain.
Not to mention if he signs it will encourage the other players we want to keep to stay as well and maybe help other transfer targets to decide if they want to sign for us. Brands and Silva are building a strong squad so the club has to back him to the hilt.
We have to show that we can keep our top players for more than a season or two. Otherwise any progress we show in any season will always be stymied in the next one.

Brian Williams
14 Posted 07/04/2019 at 12:07:25
I just CANNOT understand anyone who doesn't seem able to see the qualities that Gomes brings to the team.
One of the most skillful midfielders we've had in a long time, oozes class, and has the ability to make the game appear to move in slow motion while he collects and controls the ball before normal speed resumes.
I think some people need to take a reality check if they can't see how good he is.
Try watching other "lauded" midfielders, they don't rip up the prem EVERY game either.

That's before we hear from the "ah but his form dipped at such and such a time blah blah."

Eddie Dunn
15 Posted 07/04/2019 at 12:17:40
Brian, you just can't please some people. Gomes is class, he lacks pace and missed preseason, so his fitness was suspect, but now he is looking fine. I for one, hope we sign him permanently. He reads the game well, he can pass and he is still not at his peak. Given more licence to get forward and we could see more goals from him too.
Brian Williams
16 Posted 07/04/2019 at 12:23:30
Agree 100% Eddie.

And he has beautiful hair :-)

Brian Williams
17 Posted 07/04/2019 at 12:30:43

That Wolves player (?) its been recently announced, has now signed for them on a permanent basis.

How can that happen outside the transfer window, anyone know?

Phil Smith
18 Posted 07/04/2019 at 13:38:36
I don't think Gomes knows wants to do and I think he'll make his decision at the end of the summer when he's weighed up all the offers (of which there are sure to be many) on the table. Ultimately, I think he'll stay with us (if he's smart) but if he doesn't I don't think it's the end of the world. Doesn't score enough for me, although he oozes class.
Christy Ring
19 Posted 07/04/2019 at 13:58:38
I'm a big fan of Gomes, as was said earlier, he had no preseason, but in the last few games he oozes class. Hope he signs permanently.
Michael Burke
20 Posted 07/04/2019 at 14:09:52
Fair Sam, I'll use early morning as my excuse for not functioning properly as well. With what I now understand you saying, I also agree, there should be quite a few excellent purchases available for that price!
Gary Hughes
21 Posted 07/04/2019 at 16:30:50
Hope we can keep him but the media are already putting story’s out there saying he might go elsewhere. Alan Smith commentating on Sky today said Everton want to keep him but can they afford to buy him. These people have there own agenda trying to keep us out the top 6.
Dale Rose
22 Posted 07/04/2019 at 16:50:40
Him and Zouma please.
Bill Watson
23 Posted 07/04/2019 at 18:25:46
Gomes doesn't score enough goals? The player oozes class and even if he only gets 2 or 3 a season he'd still be a steal at £30m.

Colin Harvey was a brilliant player but couldn't hit a barn door from 5 yards! Even the goal he scored in the semi final, at Bolton was miss hit. lol

Chris Hockenhull
24 Posted 07/04/2019 at 18:39:54
Paul Bracewell...yeah what a prolific goal scorer he was???. Waste of space..oh what would the ToffeeWeb experts have made of him?...oh hang on..Jimmy Gabriel.. Colin Harvey.. Peter Reid..Ian Wilson...(Last one just for nuisance value).😛😂😂😂
Martin Mason
25 Posted 07/04/2019 at 18:45:35
Bill@23 Sorry to disagree mate, Colin Harvey scored some amazing goals and had a great accurate shot. When we won the league in 1970 he scored an amazing goal culminating in the sweetest shot you'll ever see from the edge of the area. But then again he was the white Pele, he could do anything. Gomes was magic today, we will need to pay more than £30MM for him this summer because there are lots of vultures hovering around now that we have shown how good he is. I would say that at 50 he would still be a bargain.
Dave Evans
26 Posted 07/04/2019 at 19:42:35
Gomes is the best midfield player ever to grace our midfield in 20 years. He is better than Arteta.

Given his potential for improvement in this league, £50 million would not be too much – just don't tell Barcelona.

Jer Kiernan
27 Posted 07/04/2019 at 21:55:55
Can only agree with Si #3 has summed it up perfectly, ,Get him signed and do whatever it takes to keep Gana
Bill Watson
28 Posted 08/04/2019 at 04:55:08
Martin #25

I was there when he scored that goal in 1970 and I, agree, he was a brilliant player but he scored very few goals.

His league record was 317 (3) appearances and 18 goals which equates to a shade over 2 goals a season.

Alan J Thompson
29 Posted 08/04/2019 at 06:30:01
I would rather hope that when we agreed the 12M (is it?) for this season's loan that we agreed that this amount, or at least part, would be deducted from an agreed fee for his permanent transfer. I seem to remember at the time it was rumoured that Barca wanted to at least recoup the 29M (Euros or Sterling?) they paid for him.
Mike Galley
30 Posted 08/04/2019 at 07:26:31
This feller is what I call a pure footballer. He makes football seem like classical music and I for one will be gutted if we don't keep him. I've a vision in my head of him playing 5 a side with his grandkids when he's about 65 years old and being the best player on the pitch. Something, I believe, the 'great' premiership midfield players (Lampard, Gerrard etc) wont be capable of doing when their physical attributes will have waned.
Tony Everan
31 Posted 08/04/2019 at 09:10:21
30m is a no brainer, get it done .

Tony Waring
32 Posted 08/04/2019 at 09:24:42
He's classy. Reminds me of Martin Dobson with a bit of a nasty streak which doesn't go amiss in today's PL. Sign him up please!
Dave Abrahams
33 Posted 08/04/2019 at 09:33:26
Tony (32), spot on Tony, he gave that flock headed midfielder a smart little knock in the ribs in the first half, let him know he could have it both ways, rough or just football,played very well.
Michael Lynch
34 Posted 08/04/2019 at 09:33:50
He's one of the finest players to pull on the blue shirt in years. Sure, he's not perfect, but he's in another league compared to some of the "stars" we've had at the club (usually either on their way up to something better, or on their way down when they need a last payday).

The space he creates around him reminds me of Cantona sometimes, as does his vision with the ball. His decision making is sometimes incredible, as is his first time passing. I also love the way he knows he can hit a really firm pass to Digne because the left back has such fantastic control. In fact, in Gomes and Digne, we've managed to sign two world class players who haven't even hit their peak yet. I would make Gomes the absolute number one target for signing up in close season. And his beard is magnificent. A credit to the club, that beard and haircut.

Terence Leong
35 Posted 08/04/2019 at 10:25:55
There are merits to those who think that we can pick up better players than Gomes for 30 million.
i.e. I am sure that if we look hard enough, we can always get someone.

The question is how much certainty that is, compared to what we already know of the player we are seeing.

Another way of evaluating the question, is comparing him to our recent purchases:
We paid almost 30 million for Bolaise?
We paid 50 million for Siggurdsson?
We paid 20 million for Walcott?

How do we compare Gomes to these players?

On his capabilities, it's clear that he won't beat the speed merchants in a footrace, but those with speed and skill, it's going to be difficult to locate them.
But he has demonstrated strength, ability to change the tempo, get stuck in etc.
The main thing I see him struggling during the past few months is when opponents converge on him, and he loses the ball.
After one season, I'm sure he's gonna get better in knowing how to channel those assets in the best way.
He looks to have the intelligence to adapt.

He knows that he's got a rocket of a shot, and the passing range. As long as the team continues to develop, I can imagine that goals and assists will start to be featured amongst his contributions.

Pete Edwards
36 Posted 08/04/2019 at 13:31:06
Wow .how can anyone not see what he brings to the team and his absolute quality is beyond me!

Best midfielder we've had for a very very long time, watching him live you can see how clever a footballer he is, makes space, can pass, can shoot (although not seen too much of that yet) can tackle and so strong with the ball at his feet not many get the better of him.

He's also brought a confidence out in others to pass to him even when he's being marked as they know his touch and strength with the ball in tight situations is a world away from any other midfielder we have or had!

The guy is a class above, £30m absolute steel at that price!!

Phil Lewis
37 Posted 08/04/2019 at 13:38:00
From watching him on youtube when we first signed his loan deal, to actually seeing him in a blue shirt for us, there was no doubt in my mind. A great player. He's got the lot!
I firmly believe that Gomes can eventually become as good an all round player as Zinedine Zidane. He has the same physical attributes, football brain and all of the Frenchman's long range passing ability. £30? I would pay £130 million for him in a heartbeat. Mark my words, if we manage to sign him, in a couple of years time, Europe's elite will be knocking our door down to sign him.
Dave Abrahams
38 Posted 08/04/2019 at 13:48:41
Phil (38), £130M, very generous with other people’s money Phil?
Andrew Keatley
39 Posted 08/04/2019 at 14:15:30
Andre Gomes has impressed me hugely. He benefits from having a bit of space to operate, can hit long passes off both feet, and is more than happy to carry the ball 30 yards up the pitch if the option is there.

What I really admire about him is his confidence in possession. He has snake hips, and manages to turn opposition players with ease. At his best he is able to manoeuvre the ball in tight spaces in a similar fashion to Xavi and Iniesta, and it makes it obvious why Barcelona fancied him.

The one area of his game that most worries me is he gives away too many cheap free-kicks. He also lacks a yard or two of pace. Hopefully his injury problems were just a blip and will not return to hamper him.

£30 million for Gomes last summer would have been a slight risk. Now that he has proved that he can be effective in the Premier League I think it would be good business for us.

Steven Bencz
40 Posted 08/04/2019 at 18:19:02
@13 Frank

I understand he's only 25 and that is relatively young. However players like Richarlison or Lukaku (first time we got him) were only 21 years old. If you look at players like Odoi, Jaden Sancho I am talking about young dynamic players for 30M. Perhaps go after even Sessegnon once the season finishes.

Jerome Shields
41 Posted 09/04/2019 at 05:19:41
I hope the good relationship with Barcelona comes up trumps. This relationship is the only good thing that has come out since the Martinez era and survived till now.
Phil Lewis
42 Posted 09/04/2019 at 12:15:43
I've said to fellow blues on numerous occasions that fees are irrelevant. It won't alter the price of your seat and the 'fat cats' in charge of the club will continue to gain weight.
We have squandered mega millions on rubbish over the years. Gomes is a class act, sheer quality. Sell off all of the dead wood (we have loads of it) for whatever we can get and get the cheque book out. Give Barcelona what they want. If we have genuine aims on getting to the highest level, it starts with signing Gomes.
Dean Johnson
43 Posted 09/04/2019 at 13:08:15
Simply the only 2 footed player in the team.

Probably one of the few in the league

I have serious man-crushes on him and Bernard right now

Brian Hennessy
44 Posted 09/04/2019 at 13:20:44
He has plenty of great attributes - passing ability, vision, ability to hold onto the ball, I could go on - but I would sign him for his hair alone, best mop I can remember in a blue shirt
Brian Williams
45 Posted 09/04/2019 at 13:36:24
Oi Brian. Eyes off Andre's hair ok?????
Brian Williams
46 Posted 09/04/2019 at 13:41:30
12 million?
Try 2.25 million, and that's Euro's mate!
Brian Hennessy
47 Posted 09/04/2019 at 13:53:33
Apologies Brian Williams - I see you have been a long time admirer of
"the hairy one"
Jay Harris
48 Posted 09/04/2019 at 14:09:35
I believe he would be a good addition to the squad but has 2 weaknesses for his position.

He doesnt score many goals (something we definitely need to improve from MF) and he gets caught in possession in dangerous areas of the pitch.

I can understand why we'd want him but I also understand why Barca and their fans didnt want him.

The upside is he loves the club and the fans and currently his motivation is high and I believe that rubs off on the dressing room and he can certainly pick a pass out. For 30m he is worth the risk.

Brian Williams
49 Posted 09/04/2019 at 14:15:11
He's a beautiful man lol!!
Joe McMahon
50 Posted 09/04/2019 at 14:26:33
Brian @ 44 you forgot about Alan Biley! Maurane Fellainie as well. Some player who was crap played for both us and Liverpool about 2001. Not to mention Rooney's woven mop of goats hair.
Dave Abrahams
51 Posted 09/04/2019 at 14:42:55
Phil (42), fair enough Phil, as you say it won’t bother my pocket, it’s just that I spend Everton’s money, in my head, like it was my own !!!
Kieran Kinsella
52 Posted 09/04/2019 at 14:48:47
Chris Hockenhull 24

How did everyone miss you slipping in Ian Wilson there? What a legend he was. Huge upgrade on old Sheedy.

Tom Bowers
53 Posted 09/04/2019 at 15:41:51
It always amazes me when some ''quality '' players cannot make a permanent mark with the club they belong to and move on or go on loan.

i am sure there are different reasons and I suppose the main one is the high competition within that particular squad and secondly they may just be inconsistent or impatient.

Gomes and Delboy are 2 such players that are clearly very talented and yet Barca sent both on loan to Goodison. The competition at the Neucamp is clearly top notch.

Gomes on his present form would be a real scoop for Everton at the right price but we all know, that now, a few other big money clubs will want him if Barca don't.

It goes without saying that Everton are carrying a lot of ''out of favor'' players and that a Spring sale is needed.

Vlasic clearly has talent too but couldn't force his way into a place at Goodison so it makes sense to sell him along with a few others.

Jay Wood

54 Posted 09/04/2019 at 15:42:46
I'll align myself with Sam @ 5.

Evidently, Andre is a very talented player - no question. He displays many diverse skill sets. However, other than the last two games, he has been not just peripheral in many games, but even a liability. It led to him being dropped from the side at the start of this good run away to Cardiff.

I'm not being contrarian for the sake of it. I appreciate good footballers which Andre is. But as well as displaying good strength on the ball to turn away from players, he also gets caught on the ball in dangerous areas. As well as having good passing skills, he also badly misplaces or seriously overhits what should be simple passes.

All players do, I appreciate, but with Andre it is glaringly bad at times. He wasn't helped through our bad spell by being overplayed by Silva, but at the time Gana Gueye was being repeatedly criticized for being a 'limited footballer' (when in truth he was the one shining beacon in those dark days), few if any acknowledged the problem in our midfield was not Gueye, but Gomes, who contributed very, very little in tough times.

I can also appreciate that psychologically he was scarred from his Barcelona experience and we are now benefitting from him exorcizing those demons. But...what if those demons come back to haunt him again?

So I repeat, I'm with Sam on this one. I too would still like to see a bit more end product and consistency from Andre Gomes than he has displayed in his time at Everton (lovely hair or not) before being totally convinced by him.

Alan J Thompson
55 Posted 09/04/2019 at 15:53:23
Brian(#46); Thanks for that as I was sure that I'd read on here that was how much it was. May be I'm confusing it with Zouma. Cheers.

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