Manchester United could be set to turn their attentions to Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes before the summer transfer window ends, as Marca claim that he could leave Spain this summer.
With no offers for Arda Turan as of yet, and with Barcelona keen on off-loading at least one midfield option before September, they could be forced into accepting offers for Gomes instead.
And Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo understand that United boss Jose Mourinho, along with fellow European giants Juventus, is showing interest in Gomes and is monitoring the situation at Barcelona.
Would Andre Gomes offer much at Old Trafford?
The 23-year-old arrived at the Nou Camp from fellow Spanish outfit Valencia last summer but, a whole year into Barcelona life, it’s fair to say that things haven’t quite gone as planned for Gomes.
Despite being awarded 18 starts in La Liga last season – and five in the Champions League – something just hasn’t clicked for Gomes. As a result, he has struggled to dictate the play and offer the excitement he did for Valencia.
Nonetheless, one difficult season doesn’t detract from the clear talent that he possesses, with his natural instinct to play one-touch football and get things moving in the final third exactly the style of play that Manchester United could benefit from heading into their challenge for the Champions League.
His passing accuracy of 88% last season – only second to the maestro Iniesta – shows how industrious he is playing as a play maker, and it is very rare to see Gomes taking a breather in the middle of the park.
Experience of playing for a team like Barcelona, plus his 25 appearances for Portugal’s national side, means he wouldn’t be phased by the challenge of the likes of Chelsea or Tottenham in England.
The simple fact that both he and United boss Mourinho are Portuguese could also play a factor in forcing a move to Manchester, with this native link likely to help Gomes settle in better if he moved.
And, with United aiming to challenge on all four fronts this season, the addition of a world-class youngster would do nothing to harm their prospects of silverware both domestically and in Europe.