Everton have officially announced the permanent signings of winger Bernard as well as Barcelona duo Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes.
Bernard joins the Toffees after his contract expired at Shakhtar Donetsk last season whilst Mina joins the club from Barcelona for a fee believed to be around £28.7m. Gomes also joins the club from the La Liga winners.
Barcelona and Everton have had a strong relationship in this window, with the clubs also agreeing to a deal for left-back Lucas Digne. In regards to the Mina transfer, the Spanish club have inserted a buy-back clause that can be activated at any time.
A host of Premier League clubs were reportedly interested in signing Bernard (like Arsenal and Liverpool) and Mina (like Manchester United), but it was Everton who were able to get both deals over the line. Also, the signing of Gomes will give the midfielder a fresh start in the Premier League where he’ll get some much-needed game-time.
According to the somewhat-reliable sports journalist, Kike Marin, Arsenal have tabled a bid worth €100 (£89.9) million for Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembélé.
The 21-year-old recently played a part in France’s success at the World Cup where they lifted the trophy for the second time. Some media outlets have claimed that the Frenchman is unhappy at Barcelona yet Dembélé decided to cut his holiday short to focus on the new season with Barça.
With just under three hours to go until the transfer window closes for English clubs, it’s fair to say that this rumour should only be taken with a pinch of salt. However, many media outlets throughout the summer have discussed Arsenal’s pursuit of the Frenchman, and this is the first time someone with some credibility has revealed an actual offer has been made.
This year, Marin has had quite a good track record when it comes to reporting on Arsenal. He was one of the first to break the news that Unai Emery would become Arsenal’s head coach and he has also correctly reported on Arsenal’s approach for the likes of Bernd Leno and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Can Arsenal pull off a deal? I highly doubt it, but it’s still strange that an actual bid has been reported by Marin. Unless he’s being hacked…
According to Sky Sports, Everton officials have travelled to Barcelona to finalise a deal for Colombian defender Yerry Mina.
Should the Toffees finalise a deal, Mina will be the second Barcelona player the club have signed this summer after left-back Lucas Digne signed for a fee in the range of £18 million.
Manchester United were reportedly keen on signing the Colombian defender to solve their defensive woes but it’s believed they have turned their attention elsewhere.
In order to save time, Sky Sports are also reporting that Mina will have his medical in the Spanish city before flying to Merseyside.