By Noel Whelan

13th Jun, 2022 | 3:42pm

Whelan issues £12.5m Andre Gomes claim after Everton source's exit reveal

Noel Whelan has suggested Everton may be forced to let Andre Gomes walk away from the club for free in order to free up his hefty £120,000-a-week wage.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 28-year-old would only fetch a “few million” at best in the transfer market.

An Everton source told Football Insider on Thursday (9 June) that the club are willing to listen to offers for Gomes in the current window.

The midfielder is understood to earn £120,000-a-week at Goodison Park – an outlay of £12.5million over the final two years of his Toffees contract.

Everton boss Frank Lampard is ready to sell a number of senior stars this summer to try and raise funds for his own signings – with Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison also linked with moves away.

Whelan claimed Gomes hasn’t done enough in a Toffees shirt since joining permanently from Barcelona in 2019.

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He told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury: “How much would you actually get for Gomes?

“You’re not looking at anything over £10m, in my opinion. He’s not been playing enough football and he’s not played well enough when he has been on the pitch.

“He had that horrible injury, but you expect more from someone like him. We know the ability is there because we’ve seen it in flashes.

“When you’ve got a player on £120,000-a-week, sometimes it’s better to cut him loose and free that money.

“You just have to write off the lost money altogether. Everton are by no means the first club to make a signing like that.

“There’s no disgrace in it. Freeing up that wage will be more important than holding out for a few million in the market.”

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