Tottenham Hotspur and we are thought to be battling each other to sign Andre Gomes this summer, but the Portuguese ace may have just given a hint as to where his future lies.
The Barcelona-owned midfielder had kept the La Liga champions in his Twitter bio throughout his season on loan on Merseyside, but removed the mention of the Catalan side over the weekend to only leave Everton.
It likely doesn’t mean much, if anything, given he is widely considered to be available for a transfer this summer, as Barcelona are keen to raise funds by offloading the player they signed from Valencia for an initial €35million (£30.6m).
The Sunday Mirror (19/5, page 72, via HITC) also suggested over the weekend that Gomes would prefer to move to London rather than staying on Merseyside this summer, as we are unable to offer him Champions League football, whereas Tottenham are preparing to compete in the Final and finished the Premier League season inside the top four.
They also noted that Spurs are willing to offer £25million to complete a deal for the 25-year-old, whom manager Marco Silva remains keen to sign but conceded recently that he is yet to be told by Gomes whether he would like to stay at Goodison Park.
“There is a Portuguese player in the squad that we want, which is Andre Gomes,” the boss told O Jogo. “Continuity does not depend on us alone. If that were the case, we were already on the way, depending on Barcelona and Andre Gomes. If they are positive, it’s up to us to do the rest.
“He was very important to us and we were important to him as well, he is a great player with an excellent quality.”
Hopefully, then, Gomes removing Barcelona to only leave Everton in his Twitter bio is a sign he would like to continue his time at Goodison Park, but not every supporter is convinced that’s the case…