Everton boss Marco Silva wants to sign midfielder Andre Gomes on a permanent deal from Barcelona, he has confirmed.
The 25-year-old joined the Toffees on a season-long loan deal in summer but a report earlier this month in Diario Sport suggested there is no option for the English club to make the move permanent.
The Portugal midfielder missed the opening weeks of the season through injury but has now started Everton’s last five league games in a row.
“I think in the right moment we have to do something to achieve one player like Andre,” Silva told Sky Sports.
“We have time to do that. We are happy with him, he is enjoying the moment here and I don't think it is a good moment to talk every week because it's better they [Barcelona] forget a little bit about Andre!”
The release clause of Gomes at the Camp Nou is said to be €100m but it would be extremely likely the club would sell at a significantly lower value.
Gomes joined Barca from Valencia in 2016 in a deal worth up to €55m but failed to settle at the Camp Nou.