Everton manager Marco Silva has admitted that he is keen to make Andre Gomes’s loan from Barcelona permanent at the end of the season, reports the Daily Mail.
The Portugal international was one of a handful of new players who moved to Goodison Park in the summer.
However, he had to wait for his chance to shine due to injury, but now that he is fit and raring to go, the midfielder has become a fan favourite.
In total, the 25-year-old has made five Premier League appearances and at the weekend he played an instrumental role in the Toffees’ 1-0 win over Cardiff City.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Silva admitted to reporters that he wants to sign Gomes permanently and hopes that Barcelona ‘forget’ about him.
If Gomes finishes the season as a regular in the first team and is injury-free, then it would be no surprise if he was open to moving to Goodison full time.
It is unlikely that the midfielder will break into Barca’s squad, but if he continues to impress at Everton, the Catalan giants may take a second look.
If the club opt to sell, then the Toffees will have to stump up a wad of cash given that Barcelona bought him from Valencia for £29m plus add-ons two years ago.
Majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has pumped millions into the Merseyside outfit and has the money to play around with, but depending on the asking price, signing Gomes permanently could affect the rest of the club’s transfer spending.
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