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