The BBC have reported that Everton are closing in on a move for Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes.
Having already starred for the Toffees on loan last season, Marco Silva made it clear that he would like to try and sign the 25-year-old on a permanent basis, and he appears to have got his wish with the move seemingly imminent.
Back in 2017 when the Portuguese international completed a switch from Valencia to Barcelona in 2016, however, the two clubs seemingly thought that Gomes was set for bigger heights than Goodison Park – with all due respect to Everton of course.
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Gomes cost the Catalan giants a fixed €35m (£29.3m) at the time, with €20m (£16.7m) included in the deal in the form of achievement-related add-ons.
What the two clubs also agreed on was a Ballon d’Or clause. Yep, you read that correctly.
Barcelona sealed the deal by agreeing to pay Valencia an additional €15m (£13.3m) if Gomes won the Ballon d’Or during his time at the Camp Nou, an award handed to the best player in the world on a yearly basis.
SPORT reported at the time that the clause was justified due to the “the expectations and potential that FC Barcelona sees in the player.”
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If one of the biggest clubs in world football thought Gomes could potentially become a Ballon d’Or winner, then that says a lot about the midfielder’s pedigree and just how good he really is.
The Everton fans already know that though. He starred in the middle of the park alongside Idrissa Gueye last term capturing the hearts of the supporters during his loan spell, and they will assumingly be overjoyed to have him come back on a permanent basis.
Whilst he should be expected to be one of their best players once again, one would assume another Ballon d’Or clause will not be included this time around.