Marco Silva says he is ‘hopeful’ on-loan midfielder Andre Gomes will extend his stay at Everton.
The Portuguese international arrived at Goodison Park on a season-long loan from Barcelona last summer, and has impressed in his debut season in English football.
Everton are believed to be looking to pay a fee of around £25m for the 25-year-old, who signed for Barcelona from Valencia for £32m in 2016.
Silva’s side are likely to face competition for the midfielder, with Tottenham reportedly interested, though the Everton boss admits he is hopeful the club can secure a permanent deal.
“We already have (an idea). Of course, when I am speaking to him, we have to say what we can say in this moment. To be 100% honest with you, we did nothing yet about the situation because all of our focus is on the season.” Silva told the Liverpool Echo.
“But I am working with Marcel, we are planning everything, and with time – which is different to last season. We maybe know more than you about the Andre position and all these things, but all we can say to you, is what he said.”