Everton have signed Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes despite claims that he was set to join Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur instead.

Andre Gomes is an Everton player. Permanently, this time.

After an outstanding loan spell at Goodison Park which allowed the Barcelona flop to put his Camp Nou nightmare in the past and re-establish himself among Europe’s most technically gifted play-makers, Everton have snapped up the Portuguese international for £22 million (BBC).

Now that is a real bargain in today’s market.

And while the mood in North London has been lifted substantially with Sky Sports claiming that Tottenham are set to shatter their transfer record by signing Lyon’s coveted midfielder Tanguy Ndombele for £65 million, Spurs fans have still found time to wonder why Gomes isn’t heading to the capital as well.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side had been linked with Gomes since the end of his first disappointing season at Barcelona. The Sun even claimed in May that they were close to coming to an agreement with the former Benfica and Valencia ace.

On paper, Gomes and Ndombele could have forged a formidable partnership, blending real technical class with power and natural-born athleticism.

Tottenham’s loss, however, is most certainly Everton’s gain.


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