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Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes joins Everton on loan

Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes joins Everton on loan

Everton completed the signings of Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes from Barcelona and Brazilian free-agent winger Bernard on Thursday in a triple deadline-day swoop for the Premier League club. However after the initial loan Southampton will have an obligation to buy the Englishman for £20 million.

Mina had always been linked with a move away from Barcelona this summer with the club's purchases of non-EU players in Malcom, Arthur and Arturo Vidal filling their quote per La Liga's rules.

Barcelona followed that news with confirmation that Portugal midfielder Andre Gomes would also be moving to the Goodison Park club on a season-long loan.

"I chose Everton because of all the things I had heard about Marco Silva and after speaking to him I was happy with what he said to me", Bernard told the club's wbesite.

Everton, who finished eighth in the Premier League last season, have always been viewed as the side most likely to mount a challenge to break into the illustrious top six.

The Brazilian signed from Watford in a mega deal earlier this summer.

After penning his deal, Mina revealed a Premier League move was impossible to resist and wants to help Everton progress under new manager Marco Silva. This is a great opportunity for me and I am looking forward to competing here. "I am also determined to do my best for Everton".

In March, having endured consistent criticism for failing to live up to his Valencia form, the 25-year-old described his Barca spell as "a kind of hell", admitting he had struggled with depression.

Portuguese midfielder Gomes is also set to swap the Nou Camp for Goodison as part of a season-long loan deal where he will link up with compatriot Silva.

'The manager made me feel confident I wanted to play here because of what he's done in the past.

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