Andre Gomes quickly cemented his importance to the side from the moment he was passed fit, and fans have been calling for his loan arrangement to be made permanent ever since.
Negotiations with Barcelona have never seemed to get going, however, and now the end of the season is approaching, yet we are none the wiser as to where he stand.
Reports in Spain suggested Marcel Brands was yet to fly out to Catalunya and issue our intent to sign, while the Camp Nou outfit are said to be open to selling him to us as they are keen to cash-in so that they can rebuild their own squad.
We also have to deal with interest emerging elsewhere, with The Telegraph recently adding that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is willing to sanction £30million to snatch the Portuguese ace from under our nose.
Other clubs are also said to be aware of the bargain Gomes could be at that price, and the midfielder is not in any hurry to commit his future, even though he knows a return to Barcelona is off the cards.
The growing uncertainty has kept Gomes’ fate an in-demand topic on the Grand Old Team forum, as well, and this is what’s currently being shared…
“Can’t go wrong signing players like this. Adding quality is never a bad move.“ – Gilbert (April 8, 18:38)
“Said when we signed him that he’ll keep wide players permanently in the game. Some of the cross-field passes yesterday were of the highest calibration. No backlift, with either foot he’s a very fine player.” – Eggs (April 8, 18:41)
“I hope to God we can sign this fella. Top player.” – BillyBlue80 (April 8, 19:28)
“Hope it’s already done and dusted. I’ve got a feeling every man and his dog will want a piece of him if he’s priced around 30m. I genuinely think even City would consider him.” – LarryGobfiend (April 8, 21:02)
“Remember how super cool we played this one? Like we weren’t fussed if we got him in or not… Imagine our midfield without him!” – DaChunk (April 8, 21:06)
“Stinks of class this kid… I hope he’s looking on telling Barca he wants to go.” – LiamLiverpool86 (April 8, 22:07)
“I’ve grown deeply attached to this beautiful man, Everton don’t let this baller leave.” – ToffeLee1878 (April 8, 22:33)
“If Gomes tells Barca it’s Everton or nobody, so get a deal done, what can Barca do? He’s not a piece of meat” – RochdaleBlue (April 9, 08:37)
“Imagine Mikel Arteta, Gomes, and Idrissa Gueye all playing together in tandem. Bernard or Steven Pienaar one side, Richarlison t’other. Romelu Lukaku up top. Or Yakubu. He’d slot for fun in this team the Yak.” – Big Fat Sam (April 9, 09:05)
“Barca are awash with central mids. Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic, Arthur, Arturo Vidal, Coutinho, and they’ve bought Frenkie De Jong. I’m sure that if we agree a sensible price they’ll be keen to move Gomes on. The problem might be if other sides with CL football enter the bidding. Can’t see Barca wanting to price teams out of a permanent deal.” – Sait Domingo (April 9, 11:51)