Andre Gomes moving to Everton on a permanent transfer has really heated up this week in the Spanish media.
Perhaps it’s because there’s currently an international break and stories are needed, but it’s certainly being pushed.
First, Catalan newspaper Sport reported that Everton were favourites to sign the player who was described as ‘very close’ to a permanent Barcelona exit.
There was an unnamed team also said to be interested.
Then on Tuesday, Sport named that team as Inter Milan and explained the Italian planned to move for Gomes. They can’t do that until Champions League participation is confirmed, and the Toffees want to get the signing done before then.
There’s said to be optimism for Everton, and Sport said ‘everything indicates’ the player will move there on a straight transfer.
Now, Onda Cero, a prominent Spanish radio show, have thrown a curveball in.
Despite many previous claims of there being no clause in the loan deal, Onda Cero state Everton ‘will exercise the purchase option which exists’ and close the deal.
They say that option is €25m.
It’s treated like a certainty, there’s no ifs, buts or maybes.