Bernard reveals why he rejected Blues for Everton

Marco Silva's Everton looked to be heading into the 2018-19 season having only strengthened with Richarlison and Lucas Digne, but on Thursday they found agreements with Barcelona for Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes, while Brazil worldwide Bernard signed on a free transfer following his Shakhtar Donetsk departure.

Everton's stunning final day of the summer transfer window has seen them confirm the arrivals of Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes from Barcelona.

Mina, who impressed for Colombia at this summer's World Cup, had been pursued hard by the Blues since his exploits in Russian Federation.

Andre Gomes, meanwhile, will sign on a season-long loan - with Everton paying a loan fee of £2m for the Portuguese global midfielder.

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One of Mina's goals in Russian Federation was against Everton's England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford to send a dramatic last 16 tie into extra-time.

'It is important that the club want to fight for something, ' Mina told evertontv.

'I have watched the Premier League for a long time.

New Everton defender Yerry Mina has revealed that he is looking forward to the challenge of competing in the Premier League.

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The Brazilian signed from Watford in a mega deal earlier this summer. "This is a great opportunity for me", said Mina. But I was also convinced Everton could improve me and that I would be able to show my best as a player here'.

The 25-year-old has won 14 caps for Brazil and arrives at Goodison Park before the close of the transfer window. "I am also determined to do my best for Everton".

Portugal midfielder Gomes joins on an initial one-year loan deal after the teams agreed a €2.25m fee.

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