Everybody is talking about Paul Pogba and the possibility to join Real Madrid. Juventus already put a price to the Frenchman and wasn’t cheap: €130M. However, according to Spanish newspaper Marca, Real Madrid is targeting the Portuguese midfielder André Gomes, currently playing for Valencia CF.
Valencia set a high price of €65M for André Gomes and all the major clubs in Europe have already asked about the midfielder. Among these clubs we can also find FC Barcelona, who is looking for more players to add to the midfield after the disappointment of Arda Turan.
Juventus made a formal bid of €40M but it was rejected according to the Spanish media. Manchester United and José Mourinho wanted also the Portuguese footballer but the Red Devils signed Mkhitaryan in a similar position. Chelsea, Liverpool, Napoli or PSG showed interest in André Gomes.
André Gomes is only 23 years old and he’s been playing in the Portuguese national team in this Euro helping the squad to arrive to the semifinals of the tournament, where they’ll face Wales. In La Liga, especially last season he showed all his skills. Unfortunately for Valencia, this past season was quite disappointing for André Gomes and most of his colleagues.
He signed a contract with Valencia until 2020 and his release clause is about €120M. Obviously, no club will arrive to that number but Valencia won’t sell the player for less than €60M. The former Benfica player won’t play the Champions League next year if he stays in Valencia and he knows that his career could be stopped if he stays longer at Valencia.
André Gomes could be the perfect replacement for Luka Modric, who always arrive a bit tired at the end of the season. Real Madrid is also looking for another midfielder, a stopper, a N’Golo Kanté is the chosen one. With these two players, the midfield will be strong enough to face all the competitions.