By Declan Walsh

12th Jun, 2022 | 11:10am

Everton ace Andre Gomes wanted by Benfica and Porto as Frank Lampard plans Goodison overhaul

Benfica and Porto are in the hunt to sign Everton midfielder Andre Gomes this summer, according to the Sunday People.

The newspaper reported via their print edition on 12 June (page 60) that the Blues are ready to sell the 28-year-old Portugal international in order to raise funds for a Frank Lampard overhaul.

It is understood that Gomes’ availability has piqued interest from two of Portugal’s biggest and best clubs and the central midfielder is keen on a return to his homeland.

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Gomes hasn’t done anywhere near enough to suggest he’s been a good signing for Everton – especially for £22million.

He was good in his loan spell at Goodison Park but after he made his move permanent, he suffered with bad form and a serious leg break.

While it was great to see Gomes recover quickly from his broken leg, his form failed to get any better and since then, the Blues have had an expensive player sat on the fringes of the squad.

Gomes played just 19 times in all competitions in the 2021/22 campaign.

Lampard clearly didn’t trust him either, failing to play the Portuguese ace in any of the vital relegation-battle fixtures and only playing him once safety was all but assured.

Gomes has to go this summer and no matter who he joins, we’ll wish him all the best.

We really wanted it to work out for the former Barcelona midfielder.

He had good games here and there but ultimately, he’s not cut out to playing in the Premier League anymore.

At Benfica and Porto, he’ll be able to play regularly in Europe, challenge for silverware and boost his chances of being in the Portugal squad at the World Cup.

A move makes sense from all angles.

In other Everton news, the Blues could be forced into a big sale as Usmanov’s name is mentioned in a transfer report.

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