Sometimes, the inability to sign a player is viewed as a blessing in disguise. Falling in that category is the latest news about £22.5m rated Barcelona midfielder, Andre Gomes. The Portuguese midfielder was on the verge of a move to Tottenham Hotspur in the summer on the deadline day in August, only for the move to break down because of Barcelona pulling off in the last minute.
According to talkSPORT, the Catalan midfielder is being lined up for a move by Italian club Juventus in the January transfer window.
Gomes moved to Barcelona only last year from Valencia but was linked with a loan switch to North London on the deadline day. Part of that is because of the midfielder’s inability to nail down a permanent place at the Camp Nou.
The midfielder continues to be on the periphery at the Catalan club, making only four starts for Barcelona this season. He is on the hunt for more regular action, especially with the World Cup year demanding regular on-field action.
The report talks about how Gomes had to stay back at Barcelona after the failed switch to Tottenham. But, his agent Jorge Mendes is eager to find a new club for his client in the January transfer window to increase his game time. On the agenda is a move to Juventus in the winter as the Italian club are reportedly interested in a loan deal with an option to buy.
But, is it in Tottenham’s interest that the deal did not go through? It is tough to blame Gomes because he had very little game time to showcase his true worth at Barcelona. Critics may point to the fact that at Valencia, the 24-year-old managed only 2 goals and 4 assists throughout an entire La Liga season, just one year before joining Barcelona.
Considering what we already have in stock, Gomes cannot be considered as a value-add to Tottenham. Gomes may not be the player that could fit our squad. Let’s just say that the event of us not signing the midfielder has worked out to our advantage.