There is no doubting that nearly every Everton fan would love to see Andre Gomes back at the club this summer after his impressive loan spell from Barcelona.
The Portuguese international has brought that added bit of quality that the Toffees were missing to the middle of the park last season but as the season draws to a close, so does his temporary stay on Merseyside.
While his bright displays for Everton have surely given the club every reason to sanction a permanent move, he has also seemingly caught a few glances from elsewhere, with Arsenal named as a potential suitor this summer.
ESPN FC claim on their website that the Gunners are yet to make contact with Barcelona over a move – somewhere that Everton hold an advantage over their Premier League rivals in after negotiating his loan deal – but that they have been keeping a close eye on the maestro’s displays.
It is stated that the La Liga heavyweights want £25.8million for his capture, a fair price in today’s market for a proven international star, and the longer that Everton leave it, the longer they are setting themselves up for heartbreak this summer.
Arsenal will be a tempting offer if they do come in – they are fighting for a top six spot in the Premier League and have a good core of players to call upon – and so Everton director of football Marcel Brands has got to be pulling his finger out and making Barcelona the offer they want.
Missing out on Gomes after his season on Merseyside would be unforgivable for the man in charge of the Toffees’ transfers – he needs to get in touch and make a deal happen.