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Everton complete triple swoop for Barca pair Mina and Gomes and Brazil winger Bernard

Marco Silva has been busy on deadline day.

EVERTON HAVE MOVED to bolster their squad on the eve of the new Premier League season with the acquisition of Barcelona duo Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes and Brazil winger Bernard from Shakhtar Donetsk.

Russia: Colombia v England: Round of 16 - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia SIPA USA / PA Images Mina starred in the World Cup for Colombia. SIPA USA / PA Images / PA Images

Colombian centre-back Mina had been linked with Manchester United and Lyon this summer, but has agreed a €30.25 million to move to Goodison Park ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.

Mina scored three times in three games at the World Cup in Russia, including against Everton’s England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford with a dramatic stoppage time header to send their last 16 tie to extra-time.

The defender will leave Camp Nou despite only joining in January, but the Catalan side have included a buy-back option in the deal, while Gomes moves to Merseyside on a season-long loan deal.

Gomes joined Barca from Valencia in 2016, costing the club a reported €35 million, but has struggled to hold down a first-team place.

Marco Silva has also reinforced his midfield options with the capture of 25-year-old Bernard, who arrives as a free agent after five seasons with Ukrainian champions Shakhtar.

Bernard, who has won 14 caps for Brazil, began his career with Atletico Mineiro and becomes Everton’s fifth signing of the summer window following the arrival of Mina, Gomes, Richarlison and Lucas Digne.

“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,” Bernard said.

“The manager made me feel confident about playing here. He is a very good coach and he has achieved really good things at other clubs.

“Everton is a club with a great structure and a lot of tradition, historically the fourth most successful club in England. When I found out about this opportunity and what the manager wanted out of me I was happy.

“That is why I made my choice, because of the confidence both the manager and the Club showed in me.

“I did not need any convincing to come here. I believe I will be able to show my best as a player here.”

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