Everton have completed the permanent signing of midfielder Andre Gomes from Barcelona.
The Portugal international had spent last season on loan at Goodison Park, impressing across his 27 Premier League appearances for the club.
Everton complete Gomes signing: Five key things to know…
- After struggling at Barca, Gomes was loaned to Everton last season.
- The midfielder made 29 appearances across all competitions.
- No Everton player completed more dribbles in the Premier League than Gomes (40).
- The deal is worth £22m and he has agreed a five-year contract until the end of June 2024.
- Gomes is Everton’s second summer signing along with Jonas Lossl.
West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur were also thought to be in the race for Gomes, 25, but it was no secret that Everton, who have paid a £22m fee for his services, was his preferred destination.
Finally sealing a permanent move to the Toffees ends a torrid time in Barcelona for Gomes after making 78 appearances for the Blaugrana but suffering from a serious loss of both form and confidence.
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Gomes expressed his delight at the transfer, telling Everton’s official website: “I’m really happy to sign the contract with Everton – it wasn’t hard to decide, it was an easy decision and I’m very happy to have made it.
“I know the Club made a massive effort to sign me and I’m very happy and thankful to them. I said during the year that I felt part of a family and that is the most important thing to me.
“Last year was a really good experience for me. I just wanted to feel part of something special and I found it here. It was good for me in that moment and right now, after signing for Everton, it’s even better.
“I think the ambition here is not only for me, I think it’s for all the players, the fans and the Club. We are all excited for that.”
Gomes becomes Everton’s second signing of the summer so far after goalkeeper Jonas Lossl arrived on a free transfer from Huddersfield Town and is likely to serve as backup to Jordan Pickford.