Everton can save £5.8m a year by offloading player amid links to Champions League club

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Everton are planning a major rebuild and the midfield is set to experience a change of guard. Fabian Delph will leave as a free agent. Donny van de Beek will return to Manchester United after his loan spell. Everton are also open to offloading Andre Gomes and Allan.

Gomes signed for Everton in 2019 from Barcelona after spending the 2018-19 season on loan at Goodison Park. The Portuguese showed his neat passing ability and technical adeptness during his loan spell which prompted Everton to sign him permanently for £25 million.

Gomes’ Everton career flew well but took a sharp turn when the Portuguese midfielder suffered a serious ankle injury. Upon recovery, the player looked like a different version of himself. More cautious and struggling. Once applauded for his technical genius and immaculate vision, Gomes looked slow and out of sync.

Injuries have not left Gomes as the former Barcelona man continues to struggle with knocks and niggles every now and then. This season too, Gomes did not get a run of games and when he stepped onto the field, he failed to make much of a lasting impact.

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Time for Everton to offload Andre Gomes?

Gomes has often been caught up and lost the ball. The presence of Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure allowed Gomes to roam further up the pitch and put his best traits to use. However, Gomes has been underwhelming which does pose a concern over the player.

The Toffees pay £100,000 per week if Sportac’s estimations are correct. Gomes has had some terrific performances too, but those kinds of showings have been rare and being one of the highest earning players, Everton expects him to contribute more.

With Frank Lampard targeting a midfield overhaul, letting Gomes go seems to be a fair decision. According to TEAMtalk, Portuguese giants Porto and Benfica are keen on the 28 year old. The former Valencia midfielder rose through the ranks at Porto and also spent time at Benfica before earning a big move to Valencia.

Gomes was in Porto’s youth ranks for three years before joining Boavista and ultimately making the move to Benfica in 2012. The Toffees have a chance to offload a player on staggering wages who offers little on the field.

Gomes has a market value of £18 million and the Toffees will be hoping to recoup a considerable amount for the 28 year old. At Porto, he’ll have a shot at playing Champions League football next season. Everton will be able to save at least £5.8 million a year in wages by offloading the midfielder.

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