Spanish side Valencia has reportedly decided to offer Portuguese midfielder Andre Gomes to Manchester United, according to Spanish news outlet TodoMercadoWeb.
The report states that the club has chosen United as the next destination for Gomes, despite the player’s preference for a move to Italian champions Juventus, in order to maintain its good relationship with agent Jorge Mendes, who represents both Gomes and United’s rumored managerial candidate, Jose Mourinho.
Andre Gomes, who’s been at Valencia since 2014, has been named in Portugal’s 23-man squad for next month’s European Championship in France despite, hardly being at his best this season.
Gomes was in and out of Valencia’s starting eleven in a season to forget for the Spanish side. The team finished 12th in Liga BBVA and the inconsistent form of Gomes really summed up Valencia’s whole season.
Despite his inconsistency, Gomes is still only 22 years old and has already showcased his talent more than enough to justify a move to Manchester United. He’d add much needed energy and directness to United’s ponderous midfield that’s been heavily criticized for its lack of attacking purpose, tempo and penetration.
If Gomes ends up at United this summer, it wouldn’t be a surprise. The team needs to improve and a dynamic midfielder would do wonders for the whole efficiency of its playing style. With Michael Carrick’s contract expiring at the end of next month, Fellaini’s uncertain future at the club and Schweinsteiger’s constant injury troubles, signing a new midfielder should be a top priority.