Barcelona Agrees To Sign Valencia Midfielder For £41.7m


Barcelona FC  have agreed a £41.7million deal with Valencia for Portugal midfielder Andre Gomes. The 22-year-old had been linked with Juventus as a potential replacement for Paul Pogba.

The Italians made further enquiries on Thursday but are to miss out on the starlet to the Spanish champions.

On Thursday night, Barcelona’s official Twitter account tweeted, confirming the player will both sign and be presented as a new Barcelona player next week.

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Real Madrid, Manchester City and Inter Milan had also had their eyes on the 2016 European Championship winner only to be foiled by the reigning La Liga champions.

According to a Spanish daily report on Tuesday,  Zinedine Zidane was willing to pay £50m to make the youngster his first signing – excluding Alvaro Morata’s return from Juventus.

Although, Barca have not revealed any more details about Gomes’ transfer, Spanish daily Marca reported that he will be signing  a five-year deal with the Spanish champions.

Gomes becomes the Catalan’s fourth summer signing following the arrivals of Denis Suarez, Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Digne.

Sources has it that the European Championship winner opted for the Catalan club because he admires their style of play, and also for the chance to star alongside Leo Messi and Andres Iniesta.

The Portuguese midfielder has spent two La Liga campaigns following his move from Benfica to Valencia in 2014 and has  made 77 appearances for Valencia in two seasons.

Andre Gomes has also earned 13 international caps with Portugal in less than two years. Gomes was part of Portugal’s 2016 European Championship-winning side in France.

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Meanwhile, Barcelona have sold 20-year-old Croatia playmaker Alen Halilovic to Hamburg for £4.2m. However the Catalan club have the option to re-sign him for £8.3m in the next two years.