Barcelona sanctions Andre Gomes loan to Everton

Everton's strong deadline day continued with Barcelona announcing it has struck a deal for Andre Gomes to join the Toffees on loan.

Andre Gomes in action during the Copa del Rey match between Celta de Vigo and Barcelona   -  Getty Images

Andre Gomes' Barcelona nightmare is set to be put on hold for a year after the Catalan club confirmed it has reached an agreement for him to go on loan to Everton for the 2018-19 season.

Gomes joined Barca from Valencia in 2016, costing the club a reported €35 million, but he has struggled to hold down a first-team place.

Many Barca fans were against Gomes' signing even before he joined after a somewhat underwhelming second campaign at Valencia, and he has never been able to rediscover his best form at Camp Nou.

The Portugal international recently opened up about his battle with depression during his time at Barca. The 25-year-old described his spell with Barca as "a kind of hell" during a candid interview in March, adding that he does not "feel good on the pitch".

Hoping to get back to the level he showed in his first season at Valencia, Gomes will play on loan at Goodison Park for the season, with Everton paying Barca €2.25 million for the right to take him for the campaign.


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