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Turkish giants show interest in Everton's Gomes

| 12/09/2023 15comments  |  Jump to last

André Gomes's last likely avenue out of Goodison Park before January could be to Turkey where Fenerbahçe are reportedly looking at signing him before the Super Lïg deadline.

The Portuguese midfielder reportedly saw a move back to Lille collapse on the final day of the English transfer window on 1st September which would have alllowed him to spend another year in Ligue 1 following his loan spell there last season.

With no other suitors over the summer, Everton have been stuck with a player who is their highest earner now that Yerry Mina has departed but who is not part of Sean Dyche's plans.

Gomes's reputed £120,000-a-week salary has been a serious impediment to the club's ability to move him on and if the apparent interest from Fenerbahçe doesn't firm up, they face having to retain him for the next few months at least.

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Gomes's contract at Goodison Park is up next summer and he will be free to sign an agreement with another club in January, while it's also possible that he and Everton could negotiate the early termination of his contract to free both parties.

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Martin Reppion
1 Posted 12/09/2023 at 18:48:00
Let me think. I can get £6m quid to go through the motions in training 4 days a week. Or I can go and actually earn some money (probably the same money as it would be subsidised by 2 clubs) but I would have to move to Turkey and risk injury and a new country's ways.

This will show if Gomes is still a footballer or a man looking to secure his pension. If he goes, he will have my respect for what he did, mainly off the pitch whilst here. If he stays and drags out the full £6M he will be remembered as an under achieving waste of space.

Si Cooper
2 Posted 13/09/2023 at 05:04:10
Martin, do you think Gomes has shown a particular unwillingness to move on or has ‘downed tools”?
Martin Reppion
3 Posted 13/09/2023 at 08:04:22
I don't know the answer to that.
I do know that he has done nothing to suggest he is impressing this or the last manager and that he was apparently looking to go back out on loan in August.

People in the game tend to know more and it spoke volumes that no offers appear to have come in for him from around the major European leagues.
It says even more that after a day on here nobody else has bothered to comment!

If this had been about Dele coming back or an under-21, we would have seen more interest, both positive and negative.

Dupont Koo
4 Posted 13/09/2023 at 09:50:16
Like Gbamin (whose contract was bought out), a penny saved on Gomes is a good penny for the club (nothing against Gomes the person, but Gomes the current player).

Best situation is that he will join Fenerbahçe (either free transfer or a loan) that can yield the largest savings on the club's books. Since he is on such a high level of wages, I would anticipate that 70 to 80% of that 120K/week will likely to remain until the contract expires next June.

Fingers crossed that Thelwell can pull another rabbit out of the hat by getting as much savings as possible!

Christine Foster
5 Posted 13/09/2023 at 12:23:25
Like him or not, as a person he always promoted Everton I a positive way, alas his injury curtailed his ability to stay at a premiership level, in addition, previous managers bypassed him for different players or styles. Whatever your opinion of him as a player, his options under Dyche are slim at best, leaving central midfield to a bunch of headless chucks, without skill and not much endeavor. Gomes at his best would have been a good alternative, but sadly those days are gone. He knows he is outside the team looking in, his days are numbered, he becomes a little used squad player or ends his days in a Turkish backwater on the same money. With a year left on his contract he could either go out on loan to Turkey or sit tight. If I was in his position I would stay and try to become a squad option.
Andrew Brookfield
6 Posted 13/09/2023 at 14:31:16
I appreciate the benefit of saving money, let’s say Fenerbache we’re willing to pay 50% of his salary, but can we really afford to make this squad any thinner. I think with two tacking midfielders either side he’s a solid option to bring on.
Pat Kelly
7 Posted 13/09/2023 at 15:15:39
Let me guess, he wants to stay and fight for his place. Why not?

He won't get his place but he will get £120k a week.

Brendan McLaughlin
8 Posted 13/09/2023 at 15:24:32
Pat #7

To be fair he did go out on loan last season so it's not as if he absolutely won't consider opportunities elsewhere.

Jack Convery
9 Posted 13/09/2023 at 17:41:35
It's best he goes out on loan. I hope his agent can persuade him to accept a deal.
Ed Prytherch
10 Posted 13/09/2023 at 18:43:15
It is a pity that he lost so much after he was crocked by Son. He could be our most creative midfielder but his lack of pace and clumsy tackling makes it hard for him to be integrated into this team.
Christy Ring
11 Posted 14/09/2023 at 19:00:04
I thought Gomes was the real deal when he joined us at the start, he was superb against the redshite, but the horrible injury curtailed his influence.

He's not in the manager's plans, so to get £120k pw off the books would definitely be a plus. In my opinion, he always stood out in a 3-man midfield, as a playmaker, he had time and space; it never made sense playing him as a two in the middle.

I wish him all the best, as he seemed a lovely person.

Garry Martin
13 Posted 15/09/2023 at 10:33:47
Not a great fan of Gomes, however, he was never the same player after his injury. Perhaps he thought that getting as much money from EFC was his best pension for life and, that underplaying and staying clear of injuries would be better for later life. He always appeared to me, post injury, that he just could'nt be bothered.
Colin Glassar
14 Posted 15/09/2023 at 23:37:31
Has he gone yet?
Pat Kelly
15 Posted 17/09/2023 at 11:32:31
Looks like he’s staying after all. £120,000 a week. We’re stuck with him.
John Hall
16 Posted 20/09/2023 at 11:51:31
He should give his earnings to charity; otherwise, it's daylight robbery!

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