It has now been two weeks since the Premier League season drew to a close, but we are seemingly no closer to signing Andre Gomes on a permanent deal despite Marco Silva’s rigorous intent to retain the Portuguese ace.
If anything, we have suffered another slight setback or at least a step sideward, as The Times believe West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini is now determined to make the 25-year-old his first signing of the summer transfer window, and claim the Irons’ Director of Football Mario Husillos has placed numerous offers on the table.
At most, the London Stadium natives have made a lowball bid of £18million, though, which is near half what FC Barcelona value their outcasted 2016 signing at.
The Times’ report can be seen as a sideward step rather than a full setback, however, as they add that Tottenham Hotspur have turned their attention back to La Liga and have begun negotiations for reported Toffees player of interest Giovani Lo Celso rather than immediately proceeding with their interest in Gomes.
AS understand Spurs’ discussions over Lo Celso have begun with a €60million (£52.8m) bid for an Argentina international who has a €100million (£88.1m) release clause in his contract, and is attracting the interest of Manchester United.
Paris Saint-Germain would also be entitled to 20 per cent of any transfer fee Real Betis receive over €25million (£22m).
But with West Ham now sniffing around Gomes’ availability, a few Everton supporters would be happy to see Marcel Brands rival Daniel Levy in a race for Lo Celso if he cannot convince the former Portugal regular to remain on Merseyside…