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Silva is optimistic of signing Andre Gomes

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Everton boss Marco Silva has dropped a hint that the club is working on making the loan deal of Portuguese and Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes permanent.

The Toffees paid a season-long loan fee of €2.5m to land the Portuguese international but do not exercise an option to sign the midfielder permanently.

It’s believed the release clause of the player is within the region of €100m but are likely to lower their value to a significant amount.

“He’s enjoyed his first two months but let’s see what we can do,” Silva told a news conference on Friday morning.

“We are working on it, I don’t know if I have the answer in one week or two weeks.

“It is not something that it is in our hands. The best scenario to look at is – it is not just in our hands as a club, not just in the hands of Andre, there is a third party as well.

“Barcelona are included, let’s see when we can talk about the situation.”

Gomes joined Barca from Valencia in 2016 in a deal worth up to €55m but failed to impress at the Camp Nou.