The Telegraph recently reported that Mauricio Pochettino was an admirer of Andre Gomes and was considering a move for the central midfielder this summer. Everton are in pole position to sign Gomes as he’s been in fine form on loan at Goodison Park this season, but the promise of Champions League football might be enough to lure him away.
The 25-year-old doesn’t have a future at Barcelona after falling down the pecking order to Sergio Busquets, Arturo Vidal, Ivan Rakitic, Arthur and Carles Alena, so a permanent move away from the Camp Nou looks on the cards in the coming weeks. He’s not committed to signing for Everton when asked by the media so Tottenham do stand a chance of hijacking the deal.
Gomes has recaptured his form while at Everton. In the Premier League, he’s made 26 appearances, scoring and creating two goals, averaging 46 passes-per-game with 85% accuracy, making 41 successful dribbles (73%), 17 clearances, has won 38 aerial duels (56%) and averages a tackle (39) or interception (20) every 33 minutes.
He’ll cost £30m and earns £5.8m-a-year/£111k-per-week. Tottenham still need to sign a replacement for Mousa Dembele and potentially for Victor Wanyama if he’s to be sold. Gomes wouldn’t be a bad investment as he’s shone in the Premier League and wouldn’t break the bank.