Two days ago, we carried a report from Mundo Deportivo, who explained Everton have an ‘option’ to sign Andre Gomes in the summer and Barcelona are planning to sell him to the ‘highest bidder’.

The La Liga winners allowed the midfielder to spend the 2018/19 season on loan with the Toffees for €2.2m.

The Portugal international impressed during his time with the Merseyside club and on more than one occasion, Marco Silva has publicly expressed his desire to retain his compatriot for next season.

Saturday’s edition of the same newspaper now claims the Premier League side is committed to keeping him and are negotiating a fee with the Catalan club.

In addition to this, the former Watford manager has asked him employer to ‘make an effort’ in signing Gomes.

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For this reason, the two clubs have ‘opened contacts’ and Everton sports director Marcel Brands is exchanging information with the technical leaders of the Spanish champions.

At the Camp Nou, the Goodison Park club is viewed as the ‘most feasible’ option, if they want to include the funds raised from the former Valencia man’s transfer in the balance sheet of the 2018/19 season.

Ernesto Valverde’s side are demanding €30m to sanction his sale, while Everton are trying to lower the asking price. 

It remains to be seen whether or not Everton and Barcelona can find an agreement for Gomes.