Everton completed the treble-signing of Brazil midfielder Bernard from Shakhtar Donetsk, along with Barcelona duo Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes, as the Toffees further strengthened their squad for the new season. Everton have raided Barcelona's squad, now acquiring three signings this summer.
On a rather quiet deadline day, Everton managed to somehow acquire the services of Colombian defender Mina, who was the top target of Manchester United.
Portuguese midfielder Gomes signs a season-long loan from the Camp Nou as Silva opts to strengthen his entire squad in his first season in charge.
All three deals were announced in the final hour of the English transfer window, which closed at 5 p.m. local time.
Bernard, who joins on a four-year deal, cited the club's new manager Marco Silva as a key factor for his move.
"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," said Bernard, who left Shakhtar earlier this summer at the end of his contract.
Barcelona confirmed it had reached an agreement to sell Colombia defender Mina, 23, to Everton for around 31 million euros ($36 million) — with a buy-back clause for Barcelona — while Portugal midfielder Gomes, 25, heads to Goodison Park on a season-long loan.
The trio join forward Richarlison and full-back Lucas Digne as high-profile arrivals at Everton during the transfer window.
Minna, who joined FC Barcelona in the winter transfer window, has played four matches for the Spanish champions. However, he caught plenty of attention with his performances in the 2018 FIFA World Cup for Colombia, scoring four goals, including a late winner against England.
The youngster was the most sought after, especially with Manchester United as the front-runners to secure the services of the defender. However, the deal couldn't happen.
Gomes, who joined the Catalan giants in 2016, has played 81 matches, scoring 9 goals in the La Liga.
(With AP Inputs)