Everton open to offers for Andre Gomes exit this summer
Everton are willing to listen to offers for Portuguese midfielder Andre Gomes this summer, according to a report in the Daily Mail.
The 28-year-old joined from Barcelona in a £22m deal in June 2019 after an initial season-long loan deal, but has struggled with injuries in the Premier League since his arrival.
Last season he made 19 appearances, but Frank Lampard has left him on the bench throughout pre-season despite taking him on the club’s tour and now the club are willing to let him leave should an appropriate offer arrive.
Gomes is said to be one of the club’s highest earners on over £100,000 per week, which equates to about £5m per year [PRT].
With the club looking to sort their finances out and the manager not counting on the Portugal international, it makes sense to look to move him on and try to recoup some of that money.
There was a point in time where Gomes was the first midfield name on the team sheet such was his quality and ability in the centre of the pitch.
But following his awful leg break back in 2019, he’s never quite been able to have the same impact on the team and now finds himself battling for minutes rather than starting regularly.
Technically he’s still a great player, but the league seems too quick and physical for him and for the way that Lampard wants to play he’s not going to be key.
With his wages as high as they are and his importance to the team dipping, it makes total sense for both him and the club to search for somewhere else to play his football.
Everton could put that money towards new signings and/or new contracts for key players instead to restore balance to the squad and while it will be sad to see him go, it’s the right decision.