Everton have moved to bolster their options in central midfield with the acquisition of Andre Gomes on a season-long loan from Barcelona.
The 25-year-old emerged as a potential deadline day target with reports last night that Marcel Brands and Marco Silva might launch a late bid to sign him.
The Portuguese, who has been linked with both Arsenal and Tottenham in the past is currently recovering from a hamstring strain and would be unlikely to be ready for action until next month at the earliest.
That has not stopped the Blues adding his talents to their squad before the transfer window closed this afternoon. They will pay a €2.25m loan fee are also believed to be paying his salary for the season.
Gomes began his career in his native Portugal with Benfica before moving to Valencia four years ago, initially on loan. Over the course of 63 appearances over the following two seasons, he garnered the attention of Barcelona who snapped him up for €35m.
Brought in as a replacement for Sergio Busquets, his time at Nou Camp didn't go according to plan, however, despite playing 46 matches and scoring three times.
He is believed to have long favoured a move to the Premier League and almost joined Spurs a year ago, only for the deal to fall through.
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1 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:13:01
2 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:15:22
3 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:16:00
4 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:16:04
5 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:16:15
6 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:17:04
7 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:19:51
8 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:23:00
Weve potentially bought or loaned more than half a new team.
9 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:29:19
10 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:29:36
11 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:31:09
12 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:31:47
A real chance now to challenge the Sky wankers and at least play attractive football with more than 1 shot at goal at home on occasion
ISWT and COYB
13 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:31:52
14 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:36:48
Look at City, Liverpool, and co and none of them have a none have a set first 11 or best 11. This is something new for us to adapt to, but finally, we have quality options all over the pitch and on the bench.
Brands and Silva have done brilliantly, signed quality, all young but proven. 6 new first team players seemed impossible at the start of the window, and we didn't sell any of our best players (Pickford, Coleman) and as of yet none of our talented youngsters (Lookman, Davies).
Well done Mr Brands and Mr Silva
15 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:44:42
16 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:51:25
17 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:54:05
He's injured and not had a good time at Barcelona. But hopefully he'll get his confidence back under a Portuguese manager and a less intimidating dressing room (and 2 other native Portuguese speakers fresh in - and 2 Barca team mates also with something to prove). If he doesn't work out its only a loan
18 Posted 09/08/2018 at 18:14:58
19 Posted 09/08/2018 at 18:16:51
20 Posted 09/08/2018 at 18:23:51
21 Posted 09/08/2018 at 18:24:18
22 Posted 09/08/2018 at 18:32:35
23 Posted 09/08/2018 at 18:34:26
The good thing is we don't seem to have brought in any square pegs for round holes this time & importantly we weren't forced into selling any of our stars.
With Zouma also looking likely we've more than ticked all boxes in terms of covering our weaknesses. I can see a midfield of Gomez-Bernard-Sigurdsson with Richarlison & Walcott wide providing a lot of chances for Tosun who seems clinical if given the right service. I'm over the moon & can't wait to get this season started!
24 Posted 09/08/2018 at 18:37:10
25 Posted 09/08/2018 at 18:43:37
26 Posted 09/08/2018 at 18:44:36
27 Posted 09/08/2018 at 19:04:12
Lost his way at Barca but was special at Valencia and he is still young and can only get better.
Could be a great loan signing
28 Posted 09/08/2018 at 20:04:46
29 Posted 09/08/2018 at 20:07:10
New era at Everton now, for sure.
30 Posted 09/08/2018 at 20:12:49
31 Posted 09/08/2018 at 20:37:40
It is great that fans are excited by the signings but lets see what they produce before we hail this transfer window as the best ever. It will be a pleasant surprise if most of the new players hit the ground running. The time to pass judgement on them and the window as a whole will be next spring.
The fact we have found it necessary to recruit eight senior players across the two 2018 windows after signing eight in 2017 confirms the mess left behind by Koeman.
32 Posted 09/08/2018 at 21:21:32
33 Posted 09/08/2018 at 21:46:24
Yes, we really needed a CB, with Mina and hopefully Zouma, we'll be in good shape.
Bernard is potentially really exciting!
However, Gomes was a really nice surprise. Yes he's injured, but maybe his arrival alone will put a rocket in Schneiderlin's arse - and God knows at times he's needed one.
I'm not sure Siggy in a deeper role will work, but we have options... Really solid options. I hope the pressure is taken off Davies.
What fantastic business by Everton though. I didn't fully expect that much... more a Man U CB chase and Bernard (who I didn't expect until yesterday). I'm also hugely pleased to retain our stars as outlined, but including Lookman. The media on the whole have been pretty woeful in their analysis of the hard work put in to secure these deals.
I am still not getting my hopes up too much, as these players will need time to get used to the prem and Everton. But seriously impressed with Brands, Silva and everyone involved in landing multiple deals in the way they have.
34 Posted 09/08/2018 at 22:18:44
If we can rehabilitate him, we could have a gem here and I doubt if he'll be itching to get back to Barca any time soon, so a permanent deal shouldn't be too much of a problem.
35 Posted 09/08/2018 at 22:19:09
36 Posted 09/08/2018 at 22:27:03
37 Posted 09/08/2018 at 23:04:29
Coleman Jagielka Mina Digne
Walcott Tosun Richarlison
2nd team of
Kenny Holgate Keane Baines
Vlasic Calvert Lewin Lookman
And with Bolasie, Niasse, Sandro, Baningime, Besic in reserves.
That all of a sudden looks a really decent squad to go with. Positions of need filled with quality upgrades. The last 24 hours have seen the window grade jump from a B- to at least an A (only slight negative is the lack of a quality 2nd striker to supplement Tosun but I think Two Dads and Niasse can provide the odd one or two off the bench). This is not yet counting Zouma as the deal isn't officially announced and no details emerging until morning (can't help but feel we've missed the boat on this one?)
38 Posted 10/08/2018 at 08:07:46
39 Posted 10/08/2018 at 08:13:06
Normally I'd agree but Silva seems to prefer Schneiderlin, and Steve Ferns' analysis on another thread suggests Gueye needs someone alongside him (thus flipping the triangle and having a diamond front four) to hold shape while he goes ball-hawking. While this will be better against better sides, for a normal formation I'd prefer just the one holding mid and that seems to be Schneiderlin.
40 Posted 10/08/2018 at 21:29:34
I had a conversation with a Porto fan today about Andres Gomes, who I had never heard of before we signed him. I was told that he played well for Benfica and Valencia, but didn't t fit into the Barcelona style.
He is a strong, tall, right footed defensive midfielder, but is quite slow. So some of Schneiderlin's traits. However the Porto fan believes that he will blossom in the English game.
41 Posted 11/08/2018 at 04:37:55
I will not be getting excited until they prove themselves. This is Everton; we were shocking in pre-season and have a long way to climb to stand still.
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