Danny Mills has tipped Everton to seal the permanent signing of Andre Gomes in what would be a “masterstroke” capture.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England defender is convinced the Merseysiders will land a “fabulous” player if they win the race to convert the midfielder’s 2018-19 loan into a full-time transfer.
Football Insider reported last week that Gomes had agreed personal terms with Everton as he closed in on a permanent transfer from Barcelona.
It is now being widely reported in Spain that a deal has been settled between the two clubs for Gomes to sign for an initial £22million rising to a potential £31million including add-ons.
“It’s looking like a done deal,” Mills told Football Insider. “It will be a masterstroke if Everton can sign a player of that quality for £30million or less.
“He took a few months to settle into the Premier League, which is not unusual for players joining from overseas, but has proved to be a fabulous player who really does look the part.
“Tottenham and West Ham have been linked with him, so Everton will definitely view it as a real coup. He’s a player Marco Silva has made clear he wanted.
“Clearly, the Portugese link with the manager will have been a factor in Gomes’ thinking. He will have been saying, ‘where will I be happiest’? It appears that will be Everton.”
Gomes, 25, established a fine partnership in central midfield last season with Idrissa Gueye once he found his feet at Goodison.
He had been on the fringes of the Barcelona side before his loan move to England and has made it clear he wanted to get regular football at a leading club.