Everton midfielder Andre Gomes could reportedly leave the Merseyside club this week, with Fenerbahce ‘interested’ in signing him.
The transfer window in Turkey closes on Friday, leaving the European giants with four days to negotiate a deal with the Toffees.
Gomes was signed by Marco Silva back in June 2019, initially on loan, before Everton signed him permanently from Barcelona six months later.
The Portuguese centre-mid has put in some excellent performances in a Blue shirt on occasion, but those have been few and far between. A serious injury sustained in 2019 also stunted his progress significantly.
Gomes has made 100 appearances overall for Everton, scoring two goals and making seven assists in the process.
He has gradually fallen down the pecking order. The midfielder spent last season on loan with French club Lille, where he featured 27 times, scoring three goals and creating two.
Lille were interested in signing Gomes permanently, but were unable to agree a fee with Everton before the transfer window closed.
The Toffees have already offloaded 11 players since last season as they continue to grapple with financial issues. Gomes is currently earning a weekly wage of £110,000, so it’s unsurprising that they also want to get him off the books.
According to transfer journalist Yagiz Sabuncuoglu, Fenerbahce are ‘interested’ in signing Gomes before the transfer window closes on Friday.
It’s also worth noting that other reports claim that another Turkish club, Trabzonspor, have also been linked with a move for the Everton outcast.
An exit is therefore looking likely for Gomes at the moment. It isn’t clear how much Everton would be willing to sell him for, but as mentioned, their main priority will be getting his hefty wages off the books.
The midfielder’s contract at Goodison Park is set to expire at the end of the season, so it’s likely that this will be the Toffees’ last chance avoid losing him on a free transfer.
With that in mind, it will be interesting to see if Fenerbahce, or indeed Trabzonspor, can reach an agreement for Gomes in the coming days.