Everton manager Marco Silva has confirmed he is looking to have midfielder Andre Gomes at Goodison Park next season, even though Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly interested in him.
The Barcelona playmaker is currently on a season long loan with the Toffees, where he made an immediate impression, with his grace and class lighting up the midfield of the Merseyside outfit, making him a very popular member of the squad both within the dressing room and on the terraces.
Such has been the form of Gomes in an Everton shirt, there are expected to be a number of clubs chasing his signature, but Silva has confirmed his intention of making the temporary move for the Portugal international a permanent one.
“Let’s see what Barcelona’s decision is about him, if they want to sell the player or not.” The Times quotes him as saying.
““Then we will see Andre’s decision and, in the end, let’s see what we can do. It is up to us to do what we can to keep our best players in our squad.
“If the player is linked with other good, strong clubs in the Premier League, it shows he has quality.”
The midfielder has made 26 appearances in the Premier League in his time at Everton thus far, contributing one goal but attributing to many more, with his involvement in setting up plenty of others.
He was absent when the Toffees dispatched Burnley 2-0 at Goodison Park on Friday evening, serving the final match of a three game suspension, and fans of the Merseyside club will be hoping they haven’t seen him on home turf for the final time.
It would appear that any chance Everton have of keeping the classy playmaker firstly comes down to Barcelona, and then if they are willing to sell him, it will depend on whether the midfielder chooses them over potentially many other options.