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Everton Looking To Tie Down £90m Barcelona Midfield Ace On A Permanent Basis: Is He Worth The Fuss?

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Abhishek Majumdar
Editor in Chief of The 4th Official. A man in his thirties who worries about the nuances of the financial aspects of football and how it will impact the game in the long term.

Everton are currently placed in the 7th position of the Premier League on the back of a decent season so far. The Toffees have performed well under the tutelage of Marco Silva and are looking to fight for a place in Europe next season. The Portuguese mastermind has brought in some new players who have dished out formidable performances this term and can turn out to be assets for the side in the long run.

One such player, Portuguese midfielder Andre Gomes, has been one of the mainstays in the midfield for Everton this season since being brought into the side on loan from Barcelona in the summer. The 25-year-old has made seven appearances so far for the team and has marshalled the midfield alongside Idrissa Gana Gueye, forming a brilliant partnership in the middle of the pitch for the Toffees.

According to Daily Mirror, Marco Silva is looking to tie down his compatriot midfield maestro on a permanent basis at Goodison Park. The report, however, indicates that Everton might have to cough up a staggering £90million to land Gomes permanently from Barcelona, which is a big ask for a single player, however important he might be for the side.

The player has undoubtedly given a world of stability to the midfield and has helped Everton build their attacks from the back this season. Silva is in the stage of developing the side in his first season in charge at the Merseyside club and tying players like Gomes down on a permanent basis would surely help a lot in the long run. So it is imperative for the Toffees to not let the Portuguese midfield ace leave the club after his loan spell is over.

It would also be wise for Andre Gomes to stay at Everton, where he will get the opportunity to play day in day out. At Barcelona, he will have to spend most of his time on the bench with the likes of Arthur, Arturo Vidal and Ivan Rakitic the current regulars of the Blaugrana midfield.

However, his buy-out clause is too high. This might be the only turn-off for Everton in securing the signing of Andre Gomes on a permanent basis. We believe the Toffees should negotiate on the price and should an acceptable price be quoted from the Spanish side, it should be accepted by Everton.

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