Marcel Brands says Everton couldn’t afford permanent Andre Gomes deal

André Gomes during the spanish football league La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Leganes at the Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain on April 7, 2018

Andre Gomes has joined Everton on a season-long loan deal from Barcelona in the summer transfer window.

Andre Gomes of FC Barcelona looks on prior to the La Liga match between Celta de Vigo and Barcelona at Balaidos Stadium on April 17, 2018 in Vigo, Spain.

Everton director of football Marcel Brands has admitted to The Guardian that the club could not afford to sign Andre Gomes on a permanent contract from Barcelona.

The Toffees have signed Gomes on a season-long loan deal from Spanish and European giants Barcelona in the summer transfer window.

According to BBC Sport, the Toffees have had to pay Barca a loan fee of £2 million to secure the services of the 25-year-old central midfielder.

 

The Portugal intentional midfielder joined Barcelona from La Liga rivals Valencia in the summer of 2016 for an initial transfer fee reported by BBC Sport to be worth £29.3m.

Everton director of football Brands has revealed how the move to sign Gomes on loan came about, admitting that the Premier League club could not afford to sign the midfielder on a permanent deal.

 

Andres Iniesta of FC Barcelona is replaced as a substitute by teammate Andre Gomes during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final, second leg match between AS Roma and FC Barcelona at...

Brands told The Guardian: “I went to Barcelona twice at the end of June or beginning of July to speak about a few Barcelona players because [Lucas] Digne was on our list and Mina was on our list.

"They told me about the other players who it was maybe possible to get. I asked about Gomes and they said no, he was only for sale.

"I knew the price and it was not possible for us so we left that. In the end, he got injured in pre-season and we started talking about him again.

“I asked Marco [Silva] to talk with him because he knows him very well and the player was enthusiastic about it. I went back to Barcelona and asked if there was a possibility of getting him on loan.

"At first they were not so happy with that but in the end they came back and said maybe it could be an option.”

Good signing for Everton?

Gomes did well during his spell at Valencia, and there is no doubt that the Portugal international is a very good central midfielder.

Although the 25-year-old endured a tough time at Barcelona, working with Everton manager Marco Silva can see him regain his confidence and form.

Andre Gomes #21 of FC Barcelona controls the ball in front of Moussa Sissoko #17 of Tottenham Hotspur at Rose Bowl on July 28, 2018 in Pasadena, California.

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