Transfer talk: Maestro for sale after reported Tottenham January bid failure - cost £31m in 2016
Barcelona have put reported Tottenham target Andre Gomes up for sale and are willing to listen to offers for his services ahead of the summer transfer window, according to a report.
Spanish publication AS claim on their website that the Catalan giants are open to letting the Portuguese international midfielder depart after two years at the Nou Camp, having arrived in a £31million (€35million) transfer deal from Valencia in 2016.
It is said the 24-year-old, who has a contract until 2021, is fighting for his future at the club, and that the right offer would convince Barca to sell up, with Tottenham having reportedly been interested all through the January window.
The Guardian claimed on their deadline day transfer blog (31/01, 12:17) that the north London side had seen a late loan bid fall through, with the midfield maestro firmly on the fringes of the La Liga club’s first team.
Football Insider verdict
While there is no mention of what sort of price Barcelona would be looking for, they would not be wanting to make too much of a loss from his sale, and so a fee of around £25million may be expected for the 27-cap Portugal international. Is that a price tag Spurs would be willing to meet? At the moment they already have a host of talent at their disposal in the middle of the park, from regulars Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele and Dele Alli, to quality backup in the shape of Harry Winks and Victor Wanyama. A loan deal might have been sourced in January to help with injuries but a permanent deal seems unlikely unless a sale for a current player is secured, and even more unlikely at the potential eight-figure fee.
In other Tottenham news, the club’s 26-year-old is being eyed up by Liverpool amid a host of giants.