Jurgen Klopp could break a longstanding 18 year truce by making Andre Gomes the first player since Abel Xavier in 2002 to trade Everton for Liverpool, according to a report today from football outlet The Wistle.
Gomes, who is currently on a season-long loan spell from Barcelona, has been in fine form since his move to Goodison and Klopp has apparently been highly impressed by his performances, especially during Sunday’s Merseyside Derby.
Gomes, who is valued at £25m by parent club Barcelona, has no future at the Nou Camp upon the expiry of his loan and although making a switch to Everton permanent remains an option, Gomes is believed to be eyeing up a bigger challenge at one of the ‘Top 6 clubs’ in the Premier League.
Arsenal are thought to be Liverpool’s main competition in any bid to sign the 25-year-old and remain in the better position purely because Gomes is reluctant to sour the relationship he has already developed with Everton fans by moving to their bitter rivals.
A Euro 2016 winner with Portugal, Gomes is a highly talented player — especially with the ball at his feet and equipped with a great passing range; although he struggled to live up to the pressure at Barcelona, he’s proved during his short stint in England that there’s certainly a player there.
However, with the hatred he’d receive if he decided to trade the blue side of Merseyside for the red, I’d say the probability of this one happening is practically zero.