According to reports, Premier League Giants Arsenal are interested in bringing Barcelona reserve André Gomes to England.
Ever since club management approved the signing of Andre Gomes and Denis Suarez, the midfield has been overcrowded. Before it was just Rafinha Alcantara, Arda Turan and Sergio Roberto who were backing up the starting midfield trio of Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta.
Denis Suarez has performed well whenever he was given a chance to by the manager, but that was not the case with Andre Gomes. Gomes, 24, has failed to sparkle for Barca and has been linked with a move away for the most part of the year.
Unai Emery wants to bring Barcelona’s Andre Gomes to Arsenal. (Source: Independent) pic.twitter.com/kfLNZlGVqQ
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Since then André Gomes has been linked with a move away from Camp Nou after struggling for game time at club. It also seems to be the right time for Catalonian Giants to cash in on him in order to regain some of their expenditure on him. Since, Neymar’s sale to Paris Saint-Germain, prices in the market has been inflated and this would help Barça in this regard as there are many clubs out there asking for his services.
And now according to Gianluco di Marzio of Sky Sports, Arsenal are interested in André Gomes. It is said that Emery has bookmarked Gomes’ as one of his favourites and would be open to a move for the midfielder. Emery believes that he can reignite the midfielder’s form and confidence, which he has lost since his move to the Camp Nou.
The Independent claims that Emery is so keen on Gomes that he’ll sacrifice many of his star players in order to fund the move. Arsenal’s transfer budget is almost near to end after the signing of Bernd Leno, Stefan Lichtsteiner and Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Bayern Leverkusen, Juventus and Bayern Dortmund respectively. Arsenal closing on Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira will see them in need of funds and in order to fund other moves they have to sell some players.
Emery is looking forward to land André Gomes for around £30 Million. There are doubts about the futures of star player such as Shkodran Mustafi, Petr Cech, David Ospina and Lucas Perez. Sell of Mustafi and Lucas Perez will see the Gunners receive a lot of fund which can be used to bid for Gomes, as Emery sets his eyes on rebuilding up a fragile midfield.
Gomes had that spark in himself which caught the attention of big teams. One of the major reasons behind him not performing well is his confidence. His confidence since his arrival at Barcelona has been critically low. From a fans perspective, his time at Barcelona hasn’t been promising. However, he can prove himself at any other club if given a chance to do so.
However, what I feel is that this move doesn’t really make any sense. Gomes is clearly an attack-minded player who plays across the midfield, something which Emery and Arsenal aren’t in need of at the moment. Let’s see what lies ahead for him.