Catalan paper Mundo Deportivo has suggested that Barcelona is trying to trim their wage bill, which makes sense given the fact that they are shopping most of their dead weight. In the same report, they suggest that Andre Gomes can be had for about €25 million. Given the player’s form this season and the crucial role he fills as a ball carrier in Silva’s system, securing his service would be a wonderful permanent addition to the Everton roster.
Mundo Deportivo is not the very best source for Barcelona news, that distinction sits with Sport, but this is still a fairly reliable source on what the La Liga giants are thinking with regard to their players.
Barcelona is also trying to move Denis Suarez, and Everton are interested. Securing the services of both midfielders would be far better than the alternative of leaning on Tom Davies to fill the 8 role.
Completing an incredible 85% of his dribbles in league play and 4.9 accurate long balls per 90, Everton is not realistically going to get a better player than Gomes for this role at this price. If he can honestly be had for this price, it should be completed no questions asked.
This price would represent Barcelona losing money on Gomes, who simply was not ready for the Barcelona stage as a 23 year old. He may never be the player Barca thought they were getting, but a closer look at the data would have shown them that he just isn’t that guy. That’s just fine for Everton, as one can not be up to snuff at the Camp Nou and yet have a long and successful tenure at Goodison Park (and hopefully its successor).
As in HEY, we have someone who wants to sell us Andre Gomes for €35M. Does this seem like a good idea?— Ted Knutson (@mixedknuts) June 14, 2017
Data guy: No, no it does not. pic.twitter.com/xi3MBRFpAL
If we can get permanently secure Andre Gomes at the prices discussed, we should be thrilled. While Marco Silva has things to sort out in his forward line, Gomes is doing phenomenally in the midfield. 25m is cheap for a starter at a club competing for Europe. If Liverpool can get 20m for absolute garbage (lookin at you Solanke), then surely we’d do well getting a player we can rely on for just a few million more.