Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes have gotten their wish granted and both have left FC Barcelona before the Premier League transfer window shut at 5 PM (BST). However, both players will remain as teammates during the 2018-19 season.
Indeed, the Colombian centre-back and the Portuguese midfielder will both join Everton and have already made their exits official. While the defender moved on a permanent basis following the agreement of a €30.25 million transfer fee, the former Valencia playmaker has left on a season-long loan deal that paid Barca a bit over €2 million.
Needless to say, both players should be happy with their destination. Mina will get the chance to start – something he wouldn’t have gotten at Camp Nou – and he will have to battle with Phil Jagielka and Michael Keane for playing time. After scoring three goals for Colombia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Everton fans are certainly hopeful to see how the former Palmeiras star can improve the defensive line.
As for Gomes, he wasn’t on Valverde’s plans and wouldn’t have seen action had he decided to stay in the team, so he was clearly going to play somewhere else next season. Things are quite clear regarding his future: Barca will hope he can get consistent first-team minutes so they can sell him for an adequate price during the 2019-20 transfer window.
Both players chose Everton despite having other offers on the table. Mina was wanted by both Manchester United and Olympique Lyon, while Valencia and West Ham were open to land the Portuguese star.