Everton signing Andre Gomes on a permanent deal would be a major statement of intent by the club.
According to the Telegraph, the Toffees are increasingly confident of keeping the Portuguese at Goodison Park moving forward.
The silky midfielder enjoyed an impressive season on loan from Barcelona, becoming a fans’ favourite in the process.
Gomes has been strongly linked with a move to Tottenham this summer, but they have ended their interest in the player.
Similarly, the 25-year-old has turned down a switch to West Ham, following their attempts to bring the Portugal international to east London.
It would be a significant moment if Everton could make Gomes’ temporary stay a permanent one, showing other potential new signings the calibre of player at the club.
Although Gomes’ time at Barcelona proved disappointing, there is no doubting the quality at his disposal.
It would be the perfect start to Everton’s summer, as they look to kick on under Marco Silva and edge closer to the Premier League’s ‘big six’.
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An undisputed Everton legend, Cahill was a superb goalscoring midfielder.
The Australian scored 68 goals in 278 appearances for the Toffees and was loved by the supporters.
A gifted player with creativity in abundance, Arteta was a key figure during the 2000s.
The Spaniard spent eight seasons at Goodison Park in total, finding the net 34 times along the way.
Although not always universally popular figure with the fans, Barkley’s talent is undeniable.
The England international produced some great moments in an Everton shirt between 2011 and 2018.
A clever footballer, Pienaar was another popular figure during the David Moyes era.
He joined on loan before making the move permanent, with arguably his best season coming in 2009/10, when he scored seven times.
A boyhood Blue who always gave 100 percent, Osman was admired by many fans.
He spent his entire career at Goodison, barring two early loan spells at Carlisle United and Derby County, making 433 appearances overall