Everton signed three players from Barcelona in the summer and one of them was Andre Gomes, who arrived at Goodison Park on a season-long loan deal.
The Merseyside club do not have the option to sign the midfielder next summer, but their manager, Marco Silva, has publicly expressed his desire to keep him at the club beyond this campaign.
A few weeks ago, we relayed news from Spain that the La Liga winners have received no offers from the Toffees to sign him on a permanent deal.
However, it hasn’t stopped the English side from preparing a new strategy to secure the 25-year-old’s services, if a report from Calciomercato are to be believed.
The Italian website reports the Premier League outfit have a new strategy to improve their chances of signing the former Valencia man.
It’s claimed that during his time at Camp Nou, he was struggling with personal problems, something he has now left behind in Spain. The player is enjoying himself and excited about his new life in England.
Calciomercato mentions that Everton remain hopeful that player pressure is sufficient for them to convince Barca to lower the price in order to help them buy Gomes, whose contract with the Blaugrana runs out in 2021.
Using Gomes desire to stay is the Toffees negotiation weapon, according to the claims, and, interestingly, player pressure is a tactic Barcelona have themselves used countless times.