Lille OSC’s ambitious pursuit of Everton’s André Gomes (30) has come to light, as reported by Le Parisien journalist Marc Mechenoua. Despite a successful loan stint last season, which saw Gomes play a pivotal role in Lille’s UEFA Europa Conference League campaign, the French club’s attempts to secure his return on transfer deadline day were ultimately in vain.
Gomes, the Portuguese midfielder, had left a lasting impression during his time at Lille, contributing significantly to their achievements. However, upon the conclusion of his loan spell, he was obliged to return to his parent club, Everton.
Recent revelations have shed light on Lille’s eleventh-hour endeavor to bring Gomes back. The club explored the possibility of reuniting with the talented midfielder either through a loan arrangement with an option to make the move permanent or via a direct permanent transfer. Unfortunately, Gomes’ potential departure from Goodison Park hinged on the arrival of Leander Dendoncker, a deal that failed to materialize. Consequently, Gomes was unable to sever ties with his Merseyside club.
Despite this setback, Lille has bolstered its midfield in recent days with the acquisition of Nabil Bentaleb from Ligue 2 club SCO Angers. Bentaleb’s arrival, secured through a reported €6m deal, adds depth and quality to Lille’s ranks.
While Lille’s pursuit of André Gomes may have ended without success, the club remains focused on strengthening its squad and building on the achievements of the previous season. The arrival of Nabil Bentaleb signifies Lille’s determination to maintain their competitive edge and continue their ascent in the footballing hierarchy.