Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes reveals reason for loan move

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During negotiations for Mina, Everton were offered Gomes on a season-long loan, the Portugal midfielder having struggled at Barcelona since his €35m (£31.5m) arrival from Valencia two years ago.

The Colombian centre-back had been linked to Manchester United and Lyon as well as the Toffees this summer.

Bernard, a 25-year-old capped 14 times by Brazil, was a free agent after his contract with Shakhtar Donetsk expired.

In the immortal words of one Larry David: preeeetty... preeeeetty... pretty good.

Everton produced a remarkable end to the transfer window as they made three significant additions to Marco Silva's squad in Yerry Mina, Bernard and André Gomes.

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"Against this Indian side, where they bowl a lot of spin, I think there's not actually a massive difference", Pope claimed. As far as inspiration for a young batsman on the cusp of an global Test career goes, Sachin Tendulkar isn't a bad shout.

Portugal worldwide Gomes endured even greater struggles at LaLiga's champions and has found an escape route in the shape of a season-long loan at Goodison Park, which will cost the Toffees €2.25million.

The 23-year-old spent last season at Stoke and suffered relegation from the Premier League. This is a great opportunity for me and I am looking forward to competing here.

"I have spoken a lot to the coach and I know his passion for Everton and determination to be successful".

There was a predictably frantic conclusion to the last hours of business, the Premier League waiting to register ten players after the 5pm deadline, deal sheets submitted pending medicals and the agreement of personal terms.

"I spoke to Lucas and he told me all about the club, which also made me keen to come here".

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