BARCELONA want to flog Everton and West Ham target Andre Gomes as quickly as possible so his sale can help fund their own summer business.
And that could force the Toffees’ hand as Manuel Pellegrini is desperately trying to lure him to London.
The Portugal international has emerged as an essential signing for the Hammers following the midfielder’s successful season on loan at Goodison Park.
Gomes has proven his worth in the Premier League and is seen as the ideal partner for Declan Rice in the middle at the London Stadium.
West Ham have bid twice for the 25-year-old so far, having made an improved offer of £20m after Barcelona rejected their initial £18m proposal.
Everton are interested in securing Gomes’ services on a permanent basis.
But they are yet to make a formal offer to Barcelona, who are growing impatient as they look to get the player off their books.
According to the Liverpool Echo, the Catalan giants are keen on a quick sale to help bring in cash for new signings at the Nou Camp.
Champions League finalists Tottenham have ended their interest in purchasing Gomes, so it is now a two-horse race between Everton and West Ham.
“Barcelona want closer to £30m”
Barcelona want closer to £30m, but they are likely to compromise on a figure between the £20m West Ham have now put forward and the asking price for Gomes.
Whether Everton join the bidding war, though, remains to be seen.
Silva has other priorities in terms of the club’s summer spending and wants to land centre-half Kurt Zouma on a full-time basis from Chelsea.
Barcelona are eager to press on, and concluding a deal with either Premier League club before pre-season training begins next month is seen as ideal for all parties.
Everton remain favourites to land the Portugal star, who is away on international duty at the UEFA Nations League this week.
However, the Liverpool Echo add Gomes is still yet to make a firm decision on where he wants to be next season.
As a result, West Ham’s hopes of beating Everton to his signature are alive.
Given Barcelona’s stance, Gomes’ future looks likely to be decided upon whether the Toffees stump up the cash soon or Pellegrini could ultimately land his dream signing.
West Ham want their own business done early too, having already brought in two goalkeepers in the form of Roberto and David Martin, while a top striker remains high on their agenda as well.
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