Report: Tottenham transfer boost as Euro giants cool interest in 24-year-old
By Aramide Oladipo
Tottenham have received a huge transfer boost as European giants Juventus have cooled their interest in Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes, according to a report.
Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo claims that the Serie A champions were one of the sides interested in the 24-year-old during the summer transfer window but Barcelona considered him not for sale at the time.
However, the newspaper reports that the Italian side are convinced that Gomes is no longer a necessity at the club given the emergence of Rodrigo Bentancur and the current form of midfield duo Miralem Pjanic and Sami Khedira.
The report claims that Juventus have now set their sights on Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka with Barcelona also keeping tabs on the midfielder.
With the Italians out of the running, Spurs are reportedly in pole position to snap up Gomes as the club have made it clear to the player’s agent Jorge Mendes that he is on their radar.
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The Portugal international has endured a frustrating start to the season, only managing to start two matches in all competitions.
Due to his lack of game time on the pitch, he has failed to provide a single goal or assist this season.
Gomes’ current contract at the Camp Nou expires in 2021.
Football Insider verdict
This is a huge boost for the North London club and given that Juventus are reportedly no longer interested in Gomes, it could potentially make the negotiations between Spurs and Barcelona much easier. Although the midfielder has failed to live up to expectations at the Camp Nou, he is still a very young player and the fact that he is currently a regular in the Portugal national squad without playing shows that he has quality. If Gomes remains on the substitute bench for the next couple of months, Spurs should try and convince him to complete a move during the January transfer market.
In other Tottenham news, Toby Alderweireld made a questionable claim about Spurs following their midweek loss to West Ham.