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Gomes? So far, what Pelle wants he gets

The pursuit of Andre Gomes is fascinating at two levels or three levels.

The first is of course whether the board will stump up the money and the second is whether – if Everton go in at around the same numbers – whether Manuel Pellegrini’s pulling power will prove the ace card.

Ad the third is more speculative but has us wondering whether with Manu Lanzini having only a year left on his deal  the Irons are looking for a long term replacement

Already a few Hammers fans are giving up on the signing believing that after a good year at Everton under Marco Silva, the Portuguese international will opt for The Toffees.

But in my view both the Pellegrini card and the London factor will weigh heavily in our favour when push comes to shove.

Lanzini? Liverpool have been looking for a long time and I guess much will depend on the forthcoming season when he should be back to his very best (hopefully).

I was surprised to be told by a very senior source at the Irons that the club knew when bidding £18 million  it wouldn’t be enough.

And that was followed up by him saying that they were ready to go a fair bit higher. That figures because since the Chilean and his director of football Mario Husillos have arrived at the club what they REALLY want they normally get.

Most people wouldn’t believe that Felipe Anderson would arrive last summer – he did – and although reading between the lines is not always successful it seems a very reasonable bet that Gomes will be joining.

Many are already asking why we didn’t offer the £25 million it is likely to take to get him. Well frankly the question answers itself – you never go to your limit with the first bid or even the second.

There’s an interesting summer ahead and for all the talk of Rondon and Mitrovic it appears that Gomes is the main priority.

And thus far, as mentioned, what Pellegrini wants, Pellegrini gets!

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8 comments on “Gomes? So far, what Pelle wants he gets

  1. Talking as a Blue , if it comes to those two I don’t think you ‘ve got a chance to be honest . This is a clearly talented guy who needs the next move to work after Barca and even if it’s not his long term scenario he’ll go for the safe environment he appeared to relish – more than any overseas player I can recall at Everton . I think this is an appeasement job for your fans .
    You ‘ ll find your guy and join us in the most competitive top half I can recall but I don’t think it will be him

  2. Does that mean we’ll still get Maxi Gomez too? He was Pelles number one target since January.

    • no I think that was only ever gonna happen if Arnie left and it now looks ike he won’t be going

  3. That is pretty true, and all said and done we had a decent window last summer. I have faith in Pelle in doing this again this time around and possibly with a better end result due to time scouting etc. I think Mooy will be a decent addition although I am bias being Aussie and all 😆

  4. In that case rather than Rondon or Mitrovic I hope he wants Maxi Gomez too .

  5. A very reasonable bet that Gomes is joining, I’m glad you’re not betting with my money, if Everton want him, Everton get him, it’s as simple as that.

  6. he’s a proper centre mid rather than number 10 he’d be replacing Noble not Lanzini

  7. A bit of a jump into the blue this article. Has Gomes actually said he wants to live in London and he respects Pellegrini? I think Everton have a better chance of signing him than us if you ask me. He knows he fits into the team, he hasn’t got to make new teammates and their boss is Portuguese. Out of the 3, prem teams mentioned I reckon we’re the outsiders.

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