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Everton have signed Portugal international Andre Gomes on a season-long loan from Barcelona. They have announced the Premier League side will pay them a loan fee of £2 million for the midfielder and will also cover his wages in full.
The midfielder was an influential member of Portugal’s European Championship-winning team in 2016, has won league titles with the Catalan giants and Benfica and was instrumental in the Portuguese club’s run to the Europa League final in 2013.
The Portugal International joined the Spanish side from Valencia for a reported fee of £29 million in 2016. He was tipped to emulate Xavi having blossomed in the La Liga during the previous campaigns.
But the 24 year old has endured a nightmare two year spell at the Camp Nou on an individual level, despite the club cruising towards a La Liga title and reaching the latter stages of the Champions League yet again.
The player was expected to be sold last summer but stayed as the La Liga giants couldn’t reach an agreement with Liverpool for Philippe Coutinho. He was even left out of the club’s pre-season tour this summer.
“I’m delighted to sign for this fantastic club – it’s a good day for me,” said Gomes to the club’s official website.
“Everton always was a big option for me, especially after speaking with the coach, Marco Silva.
“Every discussion we’ve had was very important in making me feel his confidence about my game.
“Everybody in Portugal knows how Marco Silva works and his abilities as a coach.
“For me, it was really good to speak to him because I know how good he is and I feel motivated to work with him and to play for Everton, a great club.”
The Toffees have also secured the signings of Lucas Digne and Yerry Mina from Barcelona during this transfer window.