Andre Gomes has declared that he would like to see Kurt Zouma return to Everton on a permanent basis this summer, so what does this mean for Everton?

Gomes completely his returned to Goodison Park on a permanent basis late last month, with the Portugal international having spent last season on Merseyside on a loan arrangement from Barcelona.

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The midfielder excelled for the Toffees and impressed in his season-long stay, prompting the club to prioritise a permanent solution for the 25-year old to return this summer. Similarly, Chelsea loanee Kurt Zouma also impressed in his season-long stay, and his return to Goodison Park has frequently been spoken about by Everton boss Marco Silva.

Speaking to the media on Thursday, Gomes reiterating the club’s desire to see Zouma return on a permanent basis, saying: 

I can’t decide [Kurt’s future], I will leave that for Marcel [Brands].

He played really well last season and he’s a fantastic player.

If Everton want him I will say to buy him also! I would like him here.

Gomes’ admission goes some way to show what type of club Everton are becoming. Of course, the words of one man won’t sway Chelsea into selling the 24-year old defender, but it does show that he shares Everton’s desire to continue strengthening with reliable acquisitions.

From a personal standpoint, going back twelve months I certainly wouldn’t have expected Everton to follow up season-long loan deals for a talented Barcelona midfielder and a highly-rated Chelsea defender with permanent offers for both of them, with both of them keen to join the club.

Romelu Lukaku had no problem admitting that his move to Goodison Park was a stepping-stone in his career, that Everton ‘would do’ for the time being until he could secure a high profile switch.

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But now it is hugely positive to see players like Gomes not only stepping down from one of the world’s elite football clubs, but also encouraging others to do so.

Under Farhad Moshiri, Everton now have the funds to compete in the marketplace, and the principle they can’t compete fully is because they don’t have the same name recognition as other elite clubs, neither do they have European competition.

But the more players at that level who join the club, and the more of those players who encourage others to join the club, the stronger position Everton will find themselves in.

Zouma could well say no this summer, or new Chelsea boss Frank Lampard could decide he wants the Frenchman to remain at Stamford Bridge, but the club and the players at the club are currently putting out all the right messages that suggest Everton are growing and developing year on year.